Saturday, August 1, 2015

Aquino not doing enough to curb corruption— bishops


From the Website of CBCP

Aquino not doing enough to curb corruption— bishops

MANILA, July 28, 2015— President Benigno Aquino III is failing to address the widespread corruption that blights Philippine society, bishops said.
Aquino, in his last State of the Nation Address yesterday, flaunted how his administration rooted out the problem, but some faith leaders said he has not done enough.

“His ‘daang matuwid’ is not successful just because he claim that [he] does not steal from government coffers. However, he used state funds to influence lawmakers and other officials for questionable aims,” Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes said.

Not inclusive growth

The bishop was referring to allegations that Malacañang gave money to lawmakers for the passage of the Reproductive Health law and the impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona.

While Aquino, whose term ends next year, should be given credit for the improvement of the economy, the prelate lamented that “its effect is not inclusive.”

Things also went wrong, they said, when the administration continued to protect its allies tagged in the pork barrel scam, making them untouchables.

Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez of Marbel in South Cotabato criticized the president for employing “selective justice” which, according to him is “graft and corruption in itself.”

“There is no ‘daang matuwid’. Selective justice (exists in the Aquino administration),” he said.


Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani said such practices “damaged” Aquino’s supposed anti-corruption campaign.

For his part, Bishop Efraim Tendero of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches said there were observable anti-corruption measures but most of the punitive measures were only directed against the opposition.

“We are glad that he addressed corruption in the past but how about corruption in the present?” said Tendero.

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He also lamented how the government handled the situation after typhoon Yolanda wreaked havoc in many parts of Visayas.

“There was a very weak leadership in rehabilitating the Yolanda victims… Politics paralyzed rehabilitation in Tacloban,” said Tendero said.

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo also lamented how the government has been ignoring calls for the passage of the Freedom of Information Bill.

He said if the government is serious in fighting corruption, Aquino must declare it a priority measure, adding that irregularities such as the pork barrel scandal will only be uncovered once public records are made available for scrutiny. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)

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