Bacani: ‘Daang Matuwid’ is radical corruption

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QUEZON City, July 8, 2014—With the controversies surrounding the Disbursement Acceleration Fund (DAP), a bishop believes the Aquino administration’s vision of “Daang Matuwid” (Straight Path) is “radical corruption”.

Protesters against the pork barrel scam sign a petition to completely scrap government’s discretionary funds during the Million People March at the Quirino Grandstand in August 2013. (Photo: CBCP News)

“Even granting they had it [DAP] ‘in good faith’, these people’s refusal to acknowledge their mistakes smacks of nothing but radical corruption,” Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro C. Bacani, Jr. said in an interview over Church-run Radyo Veritas Monday, July 7.

The prelate pointed out that the Supreme Court’s recent unanimous ruling on the unconstitutionality of some parts of what is popularly called “presidential pork barrel” boils down to the same thing.

He noted, “This administration’s insistence on not issuing an apology saddens me, when it is clear that even supposing they have done nothing wrong on purpose, they have deliberately done nothing good either.”

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad’s argument of “good faith”, does not hold water, the bishop declared, because DAP has no mind of its own apart from its creator.

“[And] since it is obvious that they blundered—whether in good faith or not is irrelevant—they owe the public an apology, but it looks like there’s none forthcoming,” Bacani said.

According to him, theology teaches that sometimes, it is possible to do wrong with good intentions, but admission of wrongdoing is needed at the least.

The Lord Himself declared that we cannot be upright (“matuwid”) unless we learn and practice humility, Bacani stressed. (Raymond A. Sebastián)

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