MANILA, July 26, 2015 – With President Benigno Aquino III’s last State of the Nation (SONA) address happening tomorrow, July 27, several bishops give him some advice on how best to spend his last few months in office.
“I call on him for his last year… to be serious about it,” said Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo. He also begged Aquino to focus on projects concerning people’s basic needs, for they “only need simple things such as food and clothes.”
He also encouraged the president to “confess” to the failures of his administration, just like a Catholic who goes to confession.
‘Wake up call’
Meanwhile Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani pleaded with the president to “redeem” himself in his final year, change the perception of the people, and allow a recent survey, which showed majority of Filipinos believe Aquino failed in his fight against corruption, to become a “wake up call” for him and his constituents.
Bacani stressed three important pieces of advice to Aquino: to set a personal example, to stop tolerating corruption, and not to give or receive any form of bribe.
Veritas president Fr. Anton Pascual observed “an increase of poverty in the past five years,” and requested create more programs on agriculture, for the poorest Filipinos belong to this sector.
With the recent Veritas Truth Survey (VTS) tackling corruption on a national scale, Pabillo stressed that Aquino should take main responsibility for the issue.
“This is not an issue of the Office of the President alone,” said Pabillo. “It covers all, from the Senate, [House of] Representatives, [and up to the lower public offices]. Can we say PNoy has no say in all of it? No, for he is the President of the whole government, and not the Executive branch alone. If he can clean the legislative, he can. It he wanted to help the judiciary, he can.”
Aquino is set to deliver his 6th and final State of the Nation Address (SONA) before the third regular session of the Sixteenth Congress at the Batasan Pambansa in Quezon City on July 27. (Luke Godoy/CBCPNews)