Bishop calls on Aquino to step down


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.”


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  1. st. Philip Neri on

    Here we go again. What if a priest in your archdiocese is found to have molested boys and are secretly having affairs with their secretaries and choir members, would it be fair to tell you dear monsignor to “resign” as well?

  2. That already makes it 3 high-ranking authorities of the Church to have asked pnoy to resign.

  3. And who do you think would be the best person to replace Aquino? Dont tell me Binay? The Binay family already took advantage of the crisis by giving the wounded cops P10000 which is the taxpayers money of Makai. The Binays are using the taxpayers money to promote their political ambitions to amassed more wealth at the expense of the people. They are using their names instead of saying “From the people of Makati”. Ang kapal naman ng mukha ng mga Binays. Bakit ang CBCP tahimik pagdating sa mga katiwalian ng mga Binays? Ilang pajero ba ang ibinigay ni Binay sa CBCP? Payag kaming mga tahimik na mamamayan na palitan si Pinoy huwag lang si Binay ang presidente. Masyadong makapal ang mukha ng mga Binays.