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PNoy’s resignation ‘more urgent’ -- religious leaders

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A GROUP of religious leaders from the Catholic Church and other Christian denominations, has renewed its call for the resignation of President Benigno S. Aquino III, implying that the “Mamasapano massacre” and its aftermath have made it even “more urgent and imperative.”
   
The National Transformation Council (NTC) comprising religious leaders from Protestant churches and the Catholic Church, stresses its call for President Benigno Aquino III’s resignation.
   
“We, bishops of the Catholic and other Christian churches, have often been asked if there is moral basis to this growing demand. Even long before the unfortunate events, the National Transformation Council (NTC) has strongly articulated that the President step down. Recent developments have made the call even more urgent and imperative,” said the NTC in a joint statement issued Feb. 13.
   
NTC demanded the whole government to step down in order for the country to transform through a new and fresh start.
   
The group’s members further call the Jan. 25 incident the summit of PNoy’s mishandling of many obligations, which allegedly reveals the “subterfuge of illegal, unconstitutional and immoral foundation” of his regime, adding that their plea for his and his cohorts’ resignation echoes the general feeling of the people.
   
According to them, Aquino’s misrule clearly indicates his illegitimate claim to the position and that his continuing stay endangers the lives of Filipinos and adversely affects the moral landscape of the nation.
   
Citing “Gaudium et Spes” (Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World), NTC shared that “at all times and in all places, the church should have the freedom to teach her doctrine and to pass moral judgment in those matters which regard the common good and fundamental rights and freedoms.”
   
The church and her pastors must never abandon their duty to denounce evil and to guide men, women and children in their active search for the truth and the good. Moral evil must be removed from the political and social system. This task, the church and the political community cannot just leave them in the hands of politicians, no matter how virtuous they might be,” it added.
   
Meanwhile, CBCP as an institutional body has yet to make its own official, collective position on a call for presidential resignation.
   
In a letter issued Feb. 4, CBCP head Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas of Lingayen, Dagupan stated that whether or not Aquino should resign and “yield the powers of his high office to a lawful successor is a judgment that he must make, after prayerful discernment, and in all humility and judiciousness.”
   
The CBCP chief, however, endorses the creation of a credible Truth Commission or a fact-finding body, believing any inquiry by a police body like a Board of Inquiry, “no matter how veridical its findings,” will compromise the objectivity of the investigation.
   
“Before we have all the facts, however, the CBCP cannot morally join in the calls for his resignation, leaving this decision to his humble and prayerful discernment of his capacity to lead and the support his has not only from officials of government but from members of Philippine society,” Villegas added. CBCP News