MANILA, May 14, 2015— A Catholic bishop reiterated his call for President Benigno Aquino to prosecute all officials, including his own allies, allegedly involved in the pork barrel scam.
Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said Aquino should use his remaining time as president to fulfill his promise of “tuwid na daan”.
He said pork scandal should not be used to pin down only the members of the political opposition but also the allies of the administration.
“They should go after those involved in the pork barrel scam even if they are allies. It’s more believable if they do that. They should not use ‘tuwid na daan’ in taking down their enemies,” Pabillo said during a press conference for the launching of the Serviam Foundation’s “Servant Leadership in Public Service” forum at the Archdiocese of Manila main office in Intramuros, Manila on Wednesday.
With only a year to go before Aquino’s term ends, he said the people have yet to see “if the path is really straight” because “many are still corrupt and poor”.
According to him, all those implicated in the multibillion peso scandal should be investigated including even the allies of Malacañang.
“They can no longer undo what they failed to do in the last five years but at least they can show that they are serious about it,” Pabillo said.
Saying that the country is in need of real public servants, Pabillo said the people should be guided this early in whom to choose for the 2016 elections.
“People should ask: are these public servants? A public servant offers servant leadership. These are leaders that lead by serving,” he said, as he invites all those aspiring for national positions to take part in the Servant Leadership in Public Service conference to be held at the Crowne Plaza in Ortigas on July 2 to 3 in Ortigas.
“Less than a year from now, we will have an election and we now see would-be candidates already making their presence known to the public. The voters are also now beginning their search for their candidate,” said Pabillo.
In partnership with Radio Veritas, the two-day conference is also for government‘s rank and file employees and non-government organizations for them to have a “resonating spirit of public leadership”.
“Servant leadership is an act of service or a way of leading, which ensures that other people’s highest priority needs are being acted upon, according to author Kent Keith…the difference is the intent to serve first, then to aspire to lead,” said Fr. Anton Pascual, president of Radyo Veritas.
Aside from Pabillo, other speakers include Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle; Dr. Jesus Estanislao; Education Secretary Armin Luistro; BSP Gov. Amando Tetangco, Jr.; and former Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario Davide, Jr. (CBCPNews)