DAR chief finds ally in ‘running priest’

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Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes: Support from maverick priest

LUCENA CITY, Philippines—Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes, who is up against Catholic bishops and farmers seeking his ouster for alleged incompetence, has found an ally and defender in maverick priest Fr. Robert Reyes.

“The present DAR (Department of Agrarian Reform) secretary is a man of integrity and competence. He is a man of God, whose conscience cannot live with either dishonesty or corruption. Both his conscience and his hands are clean,” Reyes said on the phone.

The priest said he has known De los Reyes for the last 30 years. They first met at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. De los Reyes was in college then and Reyes was the assistant parish priest there.

On Tuesday, Fr. Edu Gariguez, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-National Secretariat for Social Action, called De los Reyes “untouchable” and a “sacred cow” in the Aquino administration because the President would not let him go despite growing calls for his resignation.

Last week, 78 Catholic bishops, including Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, appealed in a letter to the President for De los Reyes’ removal for his supposed mismanagement of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

Reyes said that many farmers’ groups have already benefited from the current DAR leadership and these groups, which he did not identify, were grateful to De los Reyes “but were not making any noisy public statements of gratitude.”

“The bishops should also reach out and talk to these groups,” Reyes said.

He appealed to the bishops to also listen to the other side of the current imbroglio in the government’s agrarian reform program and allow De los Reyes “to objectively show how much work has been accomplished.”

In an interview in Mulanay, Quezon, on the sidelines of the land distribution program on Wednesday, De los Reyes reiterated his willingness to engage the bishops in a dialogue “so that they will not only hear one side of the issue.”

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  • 33Sambuang2

    nageepal na naman ang CBCP. bat di kayo nakapalag nong si pandak at magnanakaw na si GMA ang nasa pwesto. kasi nga binubusong kayong mga hinayupak kayo sa mga sasakyang magagara. mga ipokrito….pwehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • UrHONOR

    GANYAN talaga ang mga naka-sayang puti’t helmet….mabiis manghusga ng kapwa…pano kaTOLik kasing hilaw na ang tanging sinasanto at sinasamba ay ang makapangyarihan kwarta.  Subukan nyo kung papansinin kayo ng mga yan kapag hindi na kayo nagbibigay sa basket o nagsisilid sa envelop para sa bangko nila. Pero kapag naghatag kayo ng malaking halaga, tulad ng isang milyon, ‘taga nyo sa bato na walang itigl ang pagbanggit ng pangalan ninyo sa lahat ng misa araw-araw for one year.  Kung malaki-laki, for 2-3 years.  At kapag naaapakalaki, pagagawa kayong rebulto at gagawin kayong santo.  PAHAW!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ERCCN5ANNNF7BEBFMYXR6ALGRU Dan

    this freaking CBCP is disgusting, despicable, reprehensible!
    they might as well take over Malacanang, Senate and Congress and run the government by themselves.

  • tulfotumbong

    CBCP should stop meddling in government issues. wala kayong sinasanto. pera lang ang importante sa inyo. how about distributing your landholdings and employing the poor through job creations  to uplift their status in life. 

  • al gero

    kawawa ang mga katoliko sa pilpinas, mga bishop nila sugo ni arroyo.

  • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

    Yan ang sinasabi ko. WIlling naman pala si DAR Secretary na maipaliwanag sa mga Obispo ang ginagawa ng DAR sa kanilang sinumpaang tungkulin, eh bakit ayaw pa rin ng mga Obispo? Dahil kaya sa takot na malaman ng mga tao na mali na naman sila? Mali na sa pag suporta kay GMA, Mali na sa pagsuporta sa Anti RH bill proponents at ngayon, mali pa rin sa issue ukol sa DAR secretary. Ano ba naman yan. Kailan pa kayo tatama?

  • Mario Salinas

    Let’s see how this controversy gets played up in the media. Reyes and de los Reyes VS  the CBCP

  • yesyesyo

    One sided bishops, consistent in the tradition of damaso.

  • txtman

    480 HECTARES

    OUT OF 25,000 HECTARES PER MONTH SANA?

    MASAYA NA KAYO NIYAN?
    .
    .

    THAT IS ONLY 1.92% JOB ACCOMPLISHMENT

    SASABIHIN NINYO

    THE DAR IS DOING A FANTASTIC JOB?

    WOW!

    AMAZING!
    .
    .
    .

    PALAKPAKAN NA KAYO?

    HALIK PWET NA AGAD?

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    .
    .

     THE ISSUE HERE IS NOT ABOUT PERSONALITY

    THE ISSUE IS JOB PERFORMANCE
    .
    .

    WELL, KUNG MSAYA NA KAYO DYAN

    LIKE PENOY FOR ONLY 1.92% JOB ACCOMPLISHMENT OF DAR

    .
    .

    WELL, SIGURO YOU DESERVED THAT KIND OF SERVICE
    .
    .

    DAANG MATUWID NA MAHILIG TUMUWAD

    CONDOMS, SAGOT SA KAHIRAPAN – PENOY

    PITIFUL

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • superpilipinas

    “Reyes said that many farmers’ groups have already benefited from the current DAR leadership and these groups, which he did not identify, were grateful to De los Reyes “but were not making any noisy public statements of gratitude.””

    he-he-he. yung busog hindi na nag-iingay humihilik na lang dahil tulog na. bakit mo pakikinggan.

    yung gutom, umiiyak,,,,,di ba dapat yun ang pinakikinggan?

    Fr. Reyes, I like you. But this time, please don’t run the wrong side of the road.

    Perhaps you say he is a good personal friend. But this is nothing personal, Being the head of a department where many farming families lives are depending on, being good is not enough. if he does not accomplish what is expected of him and then you have this graft and corruption, regardless if he has a hand in it or not, he’s does not deserve to be the head. 

    we pay taxes, we demand to get our money’s worth.

    No to LP!

  • repapips

    walang kwenta CBCP. mga bwiset.

  • disqusted0fu

    Sec. de los Reyes is a man of Pnoy. He is entitled to noynoying, he is entitled to absolution from anomalies, and he is entitled to do what he can to protect the interests of Hacienda Luisita.

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