Bishops call for GMA ouster

BY Ellen Tordesillas

That was one great statement that the Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, released yesterday. He practically called for the ouster of Gloria Arroyo.

Not in 2010 but now.

In a statement he read flanked by four other progressive-thinking bishops namely, Lingayen Archbishop Oscar Cruz, Bataan Bishop Socrates Villegas, Masbate Bishop Joel Baylon, and Legazpi Bishop Emeritus Jose Sorra, Lagdameo said: “The time to start radical reforms is now. The time for moral regeneration is now. The time to conquer complacency, cynicism and apathy and to prove that we matured from our political disappointments is now. The time to prepare a new government is now. ”

In the open forum, Lagdameo said Gloria Arroyo is not capable of instituting reforms because he said, “I believe that the President is corrupt.”

The question and answer portion with Bishop Cruz was fascinating. Asked if Arroyo can lead the radical reforms, he replied, “Siempre hindi.”

Q: How about Vice President Noli de Castro?

Cruz: Walang ganyanan.

Q: How about Senate President Manny Villar?

Cruz: Walang ganyanan.

Q: How about House Speaker Prospero Nograles?

Cruz: Walang ganyanan.

Q: How about Chief Justice Reynato Puno?

Cruz: Pwede.

Q: How about AFP Chief Alexander Yano?

Cruz: Okay yun.

Q: Have you met with General Yano?

Cruz: Tama na. tama na.

It is about time that leaders of the Catholic Church whose consciences haves not been numbed by Malacañang’s cash donations, do what they preach. They cannot be preaching “Thou shalt not steal” while closing their eyes on the thievery of Arroyo and her cohorts. Worse, accepting the fruits of Arroyo’s crimes.

Many Catholics have already given up on the CBCP when it comes to giving them guidance at this time when democratic institutions are degraded to protect Arroyo’s hold on power.

Lagdameo and the four bishops seriously doubt there will be an election in 2010 despite Arroyo’s pledge there would be one.

Cruz said their sources say “Elections in 2010 is a big dream. In short, elections in 2010 up to this time that I’m talking, is a moral impossibility.”

He asked the media to be on the alert when Congress opens on Nov. 10. “Charter change will be an open, public and well funded move in the Lower House. Whether it will triumph in the Senate is still debatable. But then I repeat, no more camouflage, no more double-talk, no more indirect insinuations. Charter change will be an honest-to-goodness agenda for Congress,” he said.

Arroyo’s Cha-cha, Cruz said, will be through a constitutional assembly. “The moment it passes the Lower House, and the moment it passes Senate and there is a plebiscite, then it is done, because the local governments are all at the command of Malacañang.”

Cruz said the charter change that Arroyo is crusading “is not for patriotic reasons.”

“It is intended principally, basically and fundamentally to extend the term of office of the incumbent. I hope to God and I pray very dearly that I am wrong but that is what I know,” he said.



  1. Axel said,

    October 29, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    I have high respect for the Church, but I would have to disagree on their move right now asking for to oust GMA. First of all I thought that they dont want to interfere with the government. I also know that they give advices and not command or even provoke people for such actions.

    It’s like the Church has its own motive now a days. I know that they shouldn’t keep their eyes and mouth close at times like this were their is alot of corruption. But as people of the Church do what they preach is what they wanted to do, but what are they doing right is the opposite. They are being like the people who condemmed Mary Magdalene for being a hooker and as a sinner. The Church should not just acuse someone whitout having their own hard evidence. I’m not saying GMA is not guilty but atleast provide a hard evidence because if not, things will get out-of hand and some politicians again will take advantage of this and place their own agendas.

    I know the system is wrong right now, but if we want to correct it we should also correct our system of complaining. We all complain but what do we do, more complaining and without resolutions brings more problem infront of us. Think before you speak.

    Thats all. Thank you!

  2. George said,

    November 3, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    Yes. This call for a new government is nonsense. They say these things without even looking at themselves being church administrators and the scandals that they did.

    Lagdameo was once a bishop in Negros Oriental, he didnt give priests to local chapels (brgy chapels) since these chapels did not contribute any to the main church or should i say “his” church (Diocese or the Cathedral Church).

    Cruz is just like a talking dummy. He says whatever that comes out of his mind. It may be an erroneous statement or a joke that has a pejorative meaning when used against the administration.

    But should we cling on to these statements, just because we dont like the present administration? No. The people should not be moved by them. We should think first about their credibility and most importantly their intent.

    These irksome bishops are desperate (especially Cruz). Their”call” for a new government will not affect the minds of the Filipinos. The Filipinos are smart enough,especially the middle class, and they are tired of strikes, they are tired of the blame game, they are tired of the complaints, they are tired of these people trying to get attention and hope that their action would encourage us to go the streets, and lastly they are tired of all these politics and political agenda/moves by the opposition.

    If an opposition candidate for president would win the election in 2010, then be it. There will be no complains from me. But I’m pretty sure that the people complaining during GMA’s presidency would still continue their role in our society.

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