• LP DIRTY DANCING SHOW

    Bishop demands Aquino apology

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    A Catholic bishop has demanded an apology from President Benigno Aquino 3rd over the “dirty dancing” incident at the recent birthday party of a congressman from the Liberal Party (LP), which Aquino heads.

    Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo on Sunday said what took place in that party was lewd, showing the dark side of traditional politicians or “trapos” who would do anything to get public attention.

    Pabillo stressed that the President, by virtue of “command responsibility” as titular head of the LP, should apologize to the people.

    “Because of that, the LP should apologize and [the President]should also apologize as head of the LP,” he said in an interview with the Church-run Radyo Veritas.

    The prelate said former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino should also ask for forgiveness from the public since both were present at the party.

    “It was done in bad taste. We also demand an apology from former Interior and Local Secretary Mar Roxas and MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino,” the prelate added.

    “‘Yun ang pinapakita du’n, na sa halip na itaas ang kanilang dignidad ay mas lalo pang pinabababa ang kanilang dignidad sa pamamagitan ng mga ganitong mga show. At ‘yan pa, sa ating mga lider ng bansa [Instead of boosting their dignity, they degraded themselves because of these shows. And this had to come from the country’s leaders],” Pabillo noted.

    Roxas, the LP standard-bearer, presided over the oath-taking of new LP members while Tolentino, one of the LP’s senatorial candidates, allegedly provided the sexy dancers as a birthday gift to Rep. Benjamin Agarao Jr.

    The lewd show went viral on social media.

    Videos uploaded on Facebook showed three scantily clad women simulating sexual acts with men on stage despite the presence of minors in the audience.

    The youth group Partido Manggagawa-Kabataan (PMK) echoed the bishop’s call, saying Tolentino and Agarao should stop their “insincere denials.”

    Erika Isaias, PMK spokesman for Cavite, said the best thing that Tolentino and Agarao can do is extend “categorical apologies” to the public.

    Agarao had denied that the dancers were a gift to him by Tolentino.

    Isaias said Tolentino and Agarao’s “insincere denials are worthless and lame excuses are even worse. We want to hear Tolentino and Agarao declare that the performance was offensive to women.”

    The group wants the two politicians to “promise not to [repeat]similar acts in their upcoming political events” after making a public apology.

    “Such lewd dances have no place in a political gathering. Trapos frequently talk of family values, women’s rights and child welfare. But their use of sexy or lewd performances as entertainment in political meetings exposes such as lip service if not blatant lies,” the PMK said.

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    23 Comments

    1. Diyos lamang ang hustisya……wag kang tatapon ng bato kung may record ka rin bishop……epal ka lang.

    2. The president and chairman of LP is pig that will never apologies for being a pig. BS Aquino and Roxas are DAP pig.

    3. All LPs connected to this fiasco will never apologize because it is not in their vocabulary. Let us not support all LP candidates. They are frontline of Abnoy.

    4. I understand Pabillo or, “Moga” as he used to be called. But, see, he ‘still’ lives in the ‘books’ – although, he sincerely tried to live ‘with’ the people and tried his best to feel the people’s situation ‘on the ground’, so to speak. However, he hasn’t really delved into the real world. I say this because I know he comes from one of those ‘religious congregations’ – groups of priests and brothers (in the case of men) who live in confined, walled, protected areas. They don’t really know what life is like ‘outside’ of the confines in which they live. So, as in the case of Pabillo, they tend to be idealistic. And, sometimes, their zeal and unrealism gets the better of them and they end up saying things that don’t ring with realism. This is one of those cases. He can’t blame pnoy for this, in the same way that we can’t blame the pope or other bishops for the stupidities of their ‘brothers-in-uniform’.

    5. Masama ang loob ni Bishop Pabillo dahil hindi siya naimbitahan hindi niya tuloy napanood yong mga sexy dancers.

    6. Demand a public apology from the President? I see it as an overkill reaction of the bishop to an overblown incident. There are graver far more important things happening in the Philippines that demand the church’s attention.

      • laguatanlawzen.com on

        While it appears that you are a die hard Aquino crony, the situation demands that as leader of 100 million Filipinos Aquino should set an example by being dignified in thoughts, words, and actions. Are you one of them?

    7. Andre Leonard on

      ‘Roxas, the LP standard-bearer, presided over the oath-taking of new LP members while Tolentino, one of the LP’s senatorial candidates, allegedly provided the sexy dancers as a birthday gift to Rep. Benjamin Agarao Jr.’

      The President owes no one an apology, he was not even there. The church has had it’s fair share of issues dealing with sex and immorality also. Yet we cannot blame the Pope.

      Values are formed in any organization. For a political party like the LP, collectively they have to answer for this moral failing. The internet is littered with ‘naughty’ videos that make people look bad. The ruling LP party took a direct hit here. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the elections. Family values and leadership is sure to be a key topic.

      • laguatanlawzen.com on

        Andre,you don’t understand what you are talking about. Under the principle of “Command Responsibility” the President is still answerable to his constituents. Also under the legal doctrine of Respondeat Superior, the mistake of a subordinate is similarly the mistake of his boss hence, the boss is liable for the action of his subordinates. I can write a lenghty discourse on these two subjects just so you will understand it.

      • Andre, probably you are not reading the news, or you just ignore them. The Pope, from John Paul II, Benedict XVI and now Francis, have in so many occasions admitted responsibility for the wrong doings of some clergy. Pope Francis did it again in his recent US visit. In other countries, especially those with Parliamentary system, incidents like this would result in some Prime Ministers resigning. The Bishop is only calling for an apology. Franklin Drillon and other LP Leaders admitted the wrong doing. Does this mean that you are also a person not capable of asking for an apology when you make a mistake?

    8. Bijay Pradhan on

      A woman is the mother of everything including species, universe, culture and God itself. Mother nature created love with lust along with man and woman, thats essential and good if rational. Love leads to social and cultural stability and prosperity where as lust brings degradation. She should be taken with respect rather than for amusement for a progressive nation on the long run . First of all, women need to get stronger emotionally to challenge and eradicate this deep rooted system and selfrespect her dignity.

    9. Bijay Pradhan on

      A woman is the mother of everything including species, universe, culture and God itself. Mother nature created love with lust along with man and woman. Love leads to social and cultural stability where as lust brings degradation. She should be taken with respect rather than for amusement for progressive nation on the long run . First of all, women need to get stronger emotionally to challenge this deep rooted system and selfrespect their dignity.

    10. Why the bishops apologize for every misconduct of the priest? Lots of hypocrites!
      Let the voters decide on the election day.

      • The priest are the biggest hypocrists. When a priest is involve in any sexual molestation, they reassign them out of the city or in the provinces. That is the reason Rizal wrote noli me tangere and el felebusterismo. That is also the main reason he was murdered.

    11. Apologies, maybe, are in the offing, but they don’t really mean much, as far as the character of those responsible for the hiring the performers and allowing such lewd performances in public, is concerned.

      How can we expect a more ‘decent’ culture and citizenry with this kind of leaders and aspirants to be? The country is going to the dogs!

    12. how about the bishops tell the people start family planning, because it is just as a sin not being to take care or feed a family of 10 with unemployed parents. this bishops and CBCP is making the country poor with their stupid sermons.

    13. I dont understand why Bishop Pabillo was concerned about the dancing girls. I wan to ask him who in the Philippines specially politicians , government employees, clergy, ordinary filipinos are clean and without sin. Why? Were the dancing girls were so lewd and immoral that it degrade the senses of the filipino people. Does he have other motives speaking about the incident. I think what we should concentrate is to eplain to the Filipinos that they should not vote for politicians that are known crooks or corruptbecause taking peoples money hinders the progress of a nation.I praise President Aquino because if not for his anti-corruption drive we will be still in the dark ages. peoples money were stolen by: Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos, Vice Pres. Binay and family, Enrile, Estradas, Revillas(father and son),Janet Lim Napoles , gloria and Mike Arroyo, government employees specially working in customs, clergy asking gifts from sweepstakes, and so on.So I beg the good Bishop to concentrate more on minimizing corruption. Speak-up.

      • Anti-corruption drive? What about the illegal DAP- PDAF that he signed is it not corruption? and it is a BIG CORRUPTION common man WAKE UP!

      • Randy Nojadera on

        I agree with you Mr Conrado, why ask for an apology on what happened about that dancing girls, “most” not all, politician do the same thing. I think the Church, should focus on values of the family, morally, spiritually, guide them to be righteous, responsible for the good of the country.

    14. are you insane? during the botched infamous hostage crisis at Quirino grandstand, everybody knows that he has a direct hand in the operation, many tourists died in that crisis, he doesn’t blink an eye not to issue an apology. stubborn people has his own way…