Friday, October 10, 2014

More bishops join calls for Aquino resignation

More bishops join calls for PNoy to resign

The movement for national transformation  that calls for the resignation of President Aquino as part of the country’s moral recovery is gaining ground.
Retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz said at least 15 to 20 bishops are supportive of  calls for President Aquino to resign from his post.
Cruz said these number includes those who are behind the Cebu-based National Transformation Council (NTC).
Retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz
The NTC group earlier called on Aquino “to step down” in the belief that he has lost the moral light to lead the nation.
“I think they are more for resignation… I know them,” said Cruz.
“The pulse of the bishops are also the pulse of the citizens meaning to say, what the people feel, I presume the bishops also feel. They are not in a different world and they are still human beings and they are still citizens of the country. So, there are more and more voices raised against the present administration and too bad that the present administration has in fact multiplied the problems of the country,” he added.
The prelate said among  the problems caused by the Aquino administration were the passage of the Reproductive Health bill, multiplication of the poor and the pursuit of emergency powers among others.
Cruz is also not discounting the possibility of the bishops tackling the issue on the resignation call in their upcoming Plenary Assembly in January since the individual prelates was given a paper wherein they were asked if they have issues they would like to discuss.
An official of the CBCP Permanent Committee on Public Affairs (PCPA), however, stressed that the Church “remains one” despite differing views of some members on certain issues.
“The Church entertains differences in ideas, knowing that these are in the best interest of everyone,” CBCP-PCPA executive secretary Fr. Jerome Secillano, said in a CBCP News post.
“At the end of the day, in spite of varying views, leaders of the Church can come up with a unified stand,” he added.
Secillano said contrary opinions in the local Church hierarchy are healthy, and “do not necessarily lead to division”.
“The most important thing is that all bishops know that the Church is one,” he said.
The priest also added that the stand of their individual members on particular issues does not necessarily reflect that of the institution as a whole. - MANILA BULLETIN

Related story:

Time to Cut

by Charlie V. Manalo, The Daily Tribune

Contrary to the Palace claim that those calling for Aquino’s resignation consist only of a handful of disgruntled critics, Cruz said the pulse of the bishops is also the pulse of the people.

The Bishops sentiments and position are reflective of that of the people. And these bishops represent the Catholics in their respective dioceses.


So, does the Palace still consider them to be of insignificant number?


Picturing itself as a holier-than-thou administration, the Aquino regime has lost the moral ascendancy to govern.
Using its twin mantra, the “daang matuwid” and “walang mahirap kung walang corrupt,” it had seemingly hypnotized the people into a deep slumber, believing Malacañng’s resident bum blindly that he is not only the scourge of the corruptors, but was also the greatest economic manager out to deliver the people from dire poverty.


However, the tapestry of his grand illusion has already long worn off. He has been exposed to be fraud, sending his political rivals to jail on charges of large-scale corruption or plunder to cover-up for his grand thievery.


His predecessor is now under hospital arrest after being slapped with plunder for authoring the release of about P359 million to pay off for the blood money required of the Filipinos languishing in death row in other countries.
But compared to his loot, even assuming his predecessor pocketed the money just for the sake of argument, she would look like kindergarten student or even a nursery kid up against a masteral student in the person of Noynoy.


This is P359 million compared to the hundreds of billions in the form of the disbursement acceleration program Noynoy used to buy his allies to rise up against his political rivals? And to think that the former president has continued to insist she did not benefit personally from the said fund which is a primary requirement for plunder.


Would Noynoy still dare the Catholic hierarchy to show proof that majority of the people would want him to step down? As my friend, former Senator Kit Tatad had said, maybe they are raring to see an enormous lynch mob.
I just hope another Paul Laxalt would rise among his friends and give him honest-to-goodness advice. Not the ones who have benefited largely from his administration and would not still want to give up even a centavo of their loot.


Someone who would have the courage to tell him, “Noy, it’s time to cut, and please cut cleanly.” - Full story on The Daily Tribune

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