BACOLOD City, June 6, 2014 — In view of the conflicting and confusing scenarios brought about by the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam, the Bacolod Bishop Vicente M. Navarra, D.D., declared June 8, 2014, the Feast of Pentecost, as the “Diocesan Day of Prayer for Enlightenment and Conversion”.
The Bacolod Bishop issued the pastoral letter “Defeating Babel with Pentecost” urging the Bacolod faithful “pray to the Holy Spirit for the Truth”, calling on them to be vigilant against corruption and to be insistent in demanding justice.
The said pastoral letter will be read and expounded on in all holy masses in all parishes and chaplaincies in the diocese of Bacolod on Pentecost Sunday.
Dubbing the present crisis as the “Babel of Today,” Bishop Navarra said that “we lament and bewail the bitter fruits of dishonesty, fraudulence and decay brought about by the shameless stealing from the nation’s coffers.”
Navarra called on our government leaders to “face up to the Truth’s abiding demand for transparency and accountability.”
He also appealed to government leaders to “initiate without delay and without partiality the necessary legal proceedings and let all those ‘named’ in the controversial pork scam lists, prove that they are innocent in a proper forum.”
Noting that there is the tendency to use the PDAF and Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) issues for partisan politics, Navarra through the pastoral letter, urged and forewarned government officials not to let political affiliations become an impediment to the truth-seeking process. (Fr. Mickey Cardenas)