Bishop to officials in ‘pork’ scam: Apologize, take responsibility
MANILA, Philippines—Admit your fault and apologize.
This was the challenge of a Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) official to government officials accused of benefitting from the P10-billion barrel fund scam.
“Why not admit it if indeed they benefitted from it? Then say sorry,” said Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, chair of the CBCP Public Affairs Committee, in an interview with reporters.
Pabillo cited the case of government leaders in other countries who easily admitted to wrongdoings and took the consequences of their actions.
“I wish our lawmakers are like that,” he said. “But the thing is, nobody is coming out to say sorry. You mean to tell me that all those people in the (Napoles) list are all clean?” Pabillo said.
The list contains the names of a number of incumbent and former senators and congressmen as well as Cabinet secretaries, who allegedly had dealings with Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged key operator of the P10-million scam involving the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
“These officials should admit their wrongdoing and not let the nation suffer. Are we not capable of admitting our mistakes?” Pabillo said.
“Nothing is wrong with saying sorry. Say sorry and then take responsibility for your actions,” he added.
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