Common good requires rule of law: CBCP President

Archbishop Villegas explained that as the reason why the Rule of Law was at all times safeguarded and was therefore a moral concern.

Philippines
Jul 17 2014, 2:45 PM
Common good requires rule of law: CBCP President
Archbishop Villegas.

Responding to President Benigno Aquino III’s speech on the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) issue, Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan said that common good required rule of law

“The Rule of Law is a fundamental requirement, an objective condition – of the common good,” said Archbishop Villegas, the President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

He explained that as the reason why the Rule of Law was at all times safeguarded and was therefore a moral concern.

He added, “When the Rule of Law is compromised, the common good becomes the victim.”

While Archbishop Villegas recognized President Benigno Aquino III’s right to express his thoughts on the Supreme Court’s decision which declared parts of the DAP unconstitutional, he stressed the need to hold on to the principles of the Constitution.

“The President’s views are important and his right to express himself must be respected… But, it is equally important for our people to hold fast to the basic tenets of the democratic way of life enshrined in our Constitution,” the 53-year old prelate said.

He added it is the Judiciary’s role to interpret the law with definitiveness in the process of resolving justiciable issues.

“We must respect the Supreme Court” for “where there was error, there must be humble admission and immediate rectification,” Archbishop Villegas added.

He assured the Filipino people that the CBCP will continue to pray that the nation will tread the path of peace, “and that our national leaders may truly be humble and respectful of our democratic institutions so that our most sacred freedoms and liberties are always upheld.”

Source: CBCP News

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