MANILA, July 29, 2015— President Benigno Aquino III should stop blaming others and own up to the shortcomings of his administration, an outspoken Catholic bishop said on Tuesday.
With less than a year to go for the Aquino administration, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said it is no longer right for Aquino to keep blaming former President Gloria Arroyo for the country’s problems, particularly corruption in the government.
“It’s been a long time. He has been there for more than five years already, but he did nothing and he keeps blaming others instead,” he lamented.
The bishop was reacting to the president’s sixth and final State of the Nation Address (SONA) delivered before a joint session of Congress at the Batasan Complex yesterday.
In a speech that ran for more than two hours, Aquino still criticized his predecessor and enumerated the alleged corruptions under Arroyo.
In contrast, albeit expected by many, the chief executive was all praises for his administration’s supposed achievements since he started his presidency in 2010.
“I was hoping that the SONA will be about the state of the country. But he used it for propaganda,” Pabillo said. “That’s not the purpose of the SONA.” (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)