Bishops welcome anti-graft ruling

Archbishop Villegas, the president of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) welcomed it as he also encouraged the public to “zealously promote integrity in public and private life”.

Philippines
Jul 04 2014, 4:54 PM
Bishops welcome anti-graft ruling
Archbishop Socrates Villegas.

Catholic bishops in the Philippines have lauded the recent Supreme Court decision that declared several parts of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) unconstitutional.

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, the president of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) welcomed it as he also encouraged the public to “zealously promote integrity in public and private life”.

According to him, the high tribunal’s ruling “challenges of all us to be vigilant against graft”.

“We must be a nation of laws and citizenry of integrity,” Villegas added.

Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco, for his part, said heads must roll now and “those who promoted and used” the controversial funds should be held liable.

“I believe in the decision of the SC. I’m sure it was thought [of] and deliberated well,” Ongtioco said.

Marbel Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez echoed Ongtioco’s statement, adding “all those involved should answer”.

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago said President Benigno Aquino III may be impeached over the DAP for culpable violation of the Constitution.

She said, however, those who wants “to test the waters” are bound to fail since allies of the administration dominate both houses of Congress.

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo agreed with Santiago, saying that impeachment is a political action.

“We are no longer hoping (in the impeachment) because it’s not after determining the truth and seeking justice. It’s a political move,” said Pabillo, chair of the CBCP Public Affairs Committee.

“If he’s allied with the majority in the Congress, how can he be impeached? So we are not hoping in that,” he lamented.

Source: CBCP News

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