• Bishop doubts ‘straight path’


    A Catholic bishop has expressed doubts on the sincerity of the Aquino administration’s avowed fairness in running after crooks in the government because of its apparent selective rendition of  justice.

    Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderik Pabillo, chairman of the Public Affairs Committee of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, on Friday noted that while members of the opposition have been charged and jailed in connection with the pork barrel scam, nobody from the administration’s allies has been  prosecuted.

    The pork-scam scandal, according to Pabillo,  should not be used to pin down only the members of the political opposition but also the allies of the administration.

    “They should go after those involved in the pork barrel scam even if they are allies. It’s more believable if they do that. They should not use ‘tuwid na daan’ in taking down their enemies,” he said during a news conference for the launch of the Serviam Foundation’s “Servant Leadership in Public Service” forum at the Archdiocese of Manila main office in Intramuros, Manila.

    Pabillo added that  President Benigno Aquino 3rd should use his last remaining year in office to fulfill his promise of “tuwid na daan” or straight path in governance.

    Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr. are under police custody in connection with the pork barrel racket.

    The Department of Justice is yet to file charges before the Office of the Ombudsman against the third batch of lawmakers, which include administration allies, suspected of also having received kickbacks from diversion of their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel.

    But Justice Secretary Leila de Lima was recently quoted as saying that they might not be able to file the charges anymore because of more pressing matters on their plate.

    Pabillo said people are yet to see “if the path is really straight” because “many are still corrupt and poor.”

    “They [Aquino administration] can no longer undo what they failed to do in the last five years but at least they can show that they are serious about it,” he added.

    Saying  the country is in need of real public servants, Pabillo said, the people should be guided this early on  who to choose for President in the 2016 elections.

    What the people need, he added, are leaders who lead by serving.


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    1. E. G. Festin on

      Did Pope Francis give Cardinal Archbishop Tagle the Caritas International job to take him out of our Philippine Roman Catholic Church? He has chosen to akky hiself with a president who is a compulsive liar, who claims achievements others did, has committed treason through the BBL bill and his pampering of the MILF rebels who are an advance army of Malaysia, and has ignored the wisdom of the majority of the CBCP bishops!

    2. Hindi ko maintindihan itong si bishop Pabillo gusto na naman na pabalikin sa katarantadohan ang gobierno, Hindi nia alam na ang reforma hhindi pa tapos nag u-umpisa pa lang. Monsengior Pabillo tigilan mo na ang mga inutil mong commentario..

    3. Nancy Bulok Cake on

      And why are you bishops so quieeeeet about the P16 billion deposits of the Binays and his dummies. Are the bishops given pajeros by Binay to keep them quiet? Are these bishops in the payroll of the Binays? I can still remember that when a foreign charitable organization audited the goods/money supposedly given to the poor was taken by a bishop for his personal vice. Most Filipinos and OFWs are wondering why the Bishops, NPAs, Bayan, Gabriela and others have no reaction of whatsoever about the corruption of the Binays. AMLC already traced the whereabouts of the billions of pesos that Binay and his dummies that they deposited in Canada. What other proofs do you need with the confirmation of the banks involved about Binays deposit/withdrawal of billions of dollars to their accounts? Don’t you leftists have no common sense? Or are you really the private army of the Binays? We all know that you are under the payroll of the Binays. You should understand that the money the Binays pay you comes from the Filipino taxpayers’ money.