• Bishops commend Aquino apology


    AN apologetic President Benigno Aquino 3rd has elicited praises and respect from ranking officials of the Catholic Church for his apology and admission on the slow response of the government on the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda in Eastern Visayas.

    However, the senior members of the Catholic clergy pointed out that the incident should serve as a lesson to Aquino, and reminded him to “amend” his leadership.

    Auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Manila and Chair of the Episcopal Commission on Social Action, Justice and Peace of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Bishop Broderick Pabillo lauded Aquino for his apology, but hopes he “was sincere.”

    But for Pabillo the apology of the President was already late.

    After the apology, Pabillo is hoping for reforms on Aquino’s governance and his leadership.

    “Mabuti at umamin ng pagkukulang si PNoy kahit huli na. Sana ang pag-amin ay sundan ng pagbabago sa mga pamamalakad at pamamaraan,” he said.

    On Thursday, Aquino has apologized to a student of the Hope Christian School who hails from Tacloban, claiming that the response of the government took three days before the government aid reached her battered barangay.

    Meanwhile, Bulacan Bishop Jose Oliveros hopes to see “concrete actions and help” from the government for Yolanda survivors.

    Oliveros, who doubts PNoy’s sincerity in his apology, noted that the Aquino government has been characterized as a “no feelings government.”

    He explained that the present administration has been insensible to the people because of its “attitude and inefficiency.

    “Inspite of the outpouring financial support from outside sources, we still have to see concrete actions and help,” Oliveros said.

    On November 8, 2013 Super Typhoon Yolanda ravaged areas in Eastern Visayas and killed more than 6,000 individuals and damaged infrastructures.

    Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco said that apology should be paired with a concrete plan of action.

    Ongtioco said that survivors still need the government’s assistance four months after Yolanda.

    “The best thing to do is to make up for his shortcomings. What does he intend to do concretely?” Ongtioco said.

    On a lighter note, Marbel Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez urged the Filipino faithful to be kind to Aquino, especially in this Lent season.


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