SOME bishops and various groups will continue their call for President Benigno Aquino 3rd to step down even if Manila Archbishop Antonio Cardinal Tagle withheld support to the National Transformation Council (NTC) which has called on the president to resign, Archbishop emeritus Oscar Cruz said on Wednesday.
Cruz said Tagle’s statement that Aquino should be allowed to finish his term will not stop some of bishops from pursuing their call for Aquino to step down.
“I understand him [Cardinal Tagle]. He has all the right to say that he does not like the NTC. The movement espoused by some churchmen for his [Aquino] resignation continues notwithstanding the expressed opinion of Cardinal Tagle,” the prelate told reporters during the weekly Fernandina media forum at Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan City.
Cruz clarified that the NTC, which he supports, is opposed to a military coup. He however noted that the president has no longer the moral ascendancy to lead.
“Hindi po masama ang Presidente. He is not a dishonest person but he is just an incompetent president,” he stressed.
Cruz, former president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), said a number of priests and nuns across the country have signified their interest to join the movement that seeks Aquino’s resignation.
“Sa tingin ko, habang tumatagal ang panahon dumadami ang grupo ng mga obispo at madre ang nagsasalita na at naniniwala na ang Pangulo ay di na dapat magpatuloy pa sa kanyang pamamahala sapagkat hindi na po kaya,” Cruz said.
On Tuesday, the militant Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) asked Tagle to hear the demand of various groups for the resignation of Aquino over the Mamasapano tragedy.
The cardinal earlier questioned the credibility of those pushing for a transformational council once the president steps down from his post.