MANILA, Dec. 5, 2016 – San Carlos Bishop Gerardo A. Alminaza said a hero inspires a nation to unity as he embodies the ideals of the people.
In an interview on the sidelines of the installation rites of Ozamiz Archbishop Martin S. Jumoad recently, the prelate said heroes always bring out the positive in people.
Asked about his views about the surprise burial of former strongman President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, the 57-year old bishop said,
“While we do not negate his accomplishments, we do not lose sight of what he did.”
The bishop said there seems to be a culture of impunity for people who have committed crimes while some innocent individuals continue to languish in prison. He is as concerned as other bishops about the younger generation’s sense of history and moral standards.
He added moving on would have been easier had the Marcoses acknowledged the wrongs committed by their patriarch during Martial Law.
“[If they had] delicadeza and sensitivity to the victims’ feelings, the victims’ families would have forgiven them,” he explained. He added the Marcoses failed to manifest even a sign of greatness in acknowledging the martial law abuses.
“The Filipinos are a forgiving people,” said Alminaza.
He further said the Gospel has an account about the hated tax collector Zaccheus who acknowledged his mistakes and offered to return four-fold what he got from the people. (Melo M. Acuña / CBCPNews)