Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo on Monday said President Benigno Aquino 3rd should resign if he can no longer lead the country.
In making the call, Pabillo noted that Aquino has neglected his other duties, especially on poverty alleviation, and appears to be more preoccupied with his political survival after the Mamasapano massacre that left 44 commandos of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) dead.
Pabillo, head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ (CBCP) Permanent Committee on Public Affairs, said the President also has to look for solutions to equally important problems in departments and agencies of the government.
He mentioned, among others, controversies and alleged anomalies at the Department of Health, Civil Service Commission, Commission on Elections, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Agrarian Reform, Philippine National Police and Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).
Pabillo strongly criticized Aquino for being soft on DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya and Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman, both of whom, he said, are “not doing their job.”
“Can he still govern this country?” he asked over Church-run Radyo Veritas.
The CBCP as an institutional body is yet to make a collective stance on calls for Aquino to step down.
In a letter issued February 4, CBCP president and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said whether Aquino should resign and “yield the powers of his high office to a lawful successor is a judgment that he must make, after prayerful discernment, and in all humility and judiciousness.”