Vidal, other bishops tag Aquino govt ‘evil’


CEBU Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal and six other members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), along with leaders of other Christian denominations, have demanded the resignation of President Benigno Aquino 3rd, whose government they described as “morally evil.”


“The Church and her pastors must never abandon their duty to denounce evil and to guide men, women and children in their active search for the truth and the good. Moral evil must be removed from the political and social system. This task, the Church and the political community cannot just leave them in the hands of politicians, no matter how virtuous they might be,” a joint statement released by the group said.

Vidal and the other Church leaders made the call following the Mamasapano massacre even as the CBCP as a body has yet to come up with an official stand on mounting calls for the President to resign.

The Catholic and non-Catholic religious leaders articulated their call in a joint statement as members of the National Transformation Council (NTC), saying that their plea echoes the sentiment of the majority of the Filipino people.

“We, bishops of the Catholic and other Christian churches, have often been asked if there is moral basis to this growing demand. Even long before the unfortunate events, the National Transformation Council has strongly articulated that the President step down. Recent developments have made the call even more urgent and imperative,” the group said.

“In our honest desire to protect our people from further degeneration, disasters and armed conflicts, we strongly demand that the whole government step down so our country can transform through a new and fresh start. Let the NTC, in a caretaker capacity, embrace the responsibility of forming a new government in a new system and context,” it added.

The NTC pointed out that the Mamasapano incident was the summit of Aquino’s series of blunders and mishandlings that reveals the “subterfuge of illegal, unconstitutional and immoral foundation” of his regime.

It claimed that Aquino’s continued stay in power would only endanger further the lives of the Filipinos and adversely affect the moral landscape of the nation.

What the country needs, it stressed, are outstanding leaders with unquestionable honesty, integrity and commitment to the common good. WILLIAM B. DEPASUPIL


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  1. (1) Is this the reaction (revenge) of the bishops for the passing of the HR Bill?
    (2) Is this the reaction of some bishops after having been criticized by the President in front of Pope Francis for double standards when it comes to the fight of corruption?
    (3) Pope Benedict retired and we do not hear any word from him. Why are active bishops hiding behind Card.Vidal (who only has the benefit of “being the oldest”)?
    (4) This argument was used against Mr.Marcos and his abuse of martial law. The mishap happened NOT INTENTIONALLY, only blame the president that he does not have military experience (which many of the critics do not have either).

  2. Naku Cebu Archbishop Vidal, Cagayan Bishop Ramon Villena, Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles, Zamboanga Archbishop Romulo dela Cruz, Davao Archbishop Emeritus Fernando Capalla and Naval, Biliran Bishop Filomeno Bactol eh yung mga na-donate ng mga magnanakaw sa Gobyerno tulad ni Napoles eh hindi nyo maibalik sa kabang-bayan at ni-hindi nyo na-audit yung mga parokya at paring nabigyan ng biyaya ng mga magnanakaw ng pera ng bayan tapos ngayon sumisigaw kayo ng “unquestionable honesty, integrity and commitment to the common good.”

    Yung sariling bahay (philippine roman catholic church) nyo po muna ang linisin ninyo at patunayang sakdal linis na walang ginawang pakinabang sa mga magnanakaw at ninakaw sa bayan bago po tayo magsisigaw ng “unquestionable honesty, integrity and commitment to the common good.”

    Puro lang kasi kayo puna pero wala rin namang malawakang programa ang inyong simbahan para sa ating mga kababayan. Yung mga hawak ninyong paaralan nga lang eh sobrang maningil ng matrikula kahit na tax-free naman kayo. Ano sasabihin ninyo na meron naman kayong iskolar na mahihirap? ilan po ang iskolar ninyo sa milyong pilipinong hirap sa pagkuha ng edukasyon??? baka hindi pa pumatak ng 1% ang mga iskolar ng simbahan sa ilang milyong pilipino na hirap sa edukasyon.

    So hwag lang pong puro puna, gumawa din kayo ng mga sinesermon nyo yung may malaking accountability at cost din para sa simbahan.

  3. Ma. Jhoanna Gonzales-Guarin on

    Maraming salamat po Cebu Archbishop Vidal, Cagayan Bishop Ramon Villena, Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles, Zamboanga Archbishop Romulo dela Cruz, Davao Archbishop Emeritus Fernando Capalla and Naval, Biliran Bishop Filomeno Bactol. Sana po marami pang maninindigan para sa katarungan. Mabuhay po kayo!!! Jesus and Mama Mary loves you! St. Joan of Arc, St. Catherine of Alexandria and all Archangels and Saints are with you in spirit and truth!