Friday, 10 December 2010 12:47
Catholic bishops are hoping that the government of President Benigno S. Aquino III will not be discouraged by the adverse decision of the Supreme Court (SC) on the creation of the Truth Commission.
“I think the government must also find other means to ferret out the truth, especially if it’s for the common good... It’s a question of justice also,” said Jaro, Iloilo Archbishop Angel Lagdameo in an article posted on the CBCPNews website.
For his part, Marbel, South Cotabato Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez said the present administration should pursue the truth.
“Aquino should pursue the truth because he pledged for that, that he would go after the corruptions of the past administration,” he said.
Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes was disappointed with the High Court’s decision, noting that it was an opportunity for the people to finally know the truth behind all the allegations against the past administration.
“I would like to know the truth. I would like the Truth Commission to prosper,” he said.
For retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz, the President should get more competent advisers and not just get people for the sake of friendship.
He admitted he was not surprised with the SC decision, saying that from the very beginning, many people were already questioning the constitutionality of the Truth Commission.
”The judgement of the SC that the Truth Commission is unconstitutional is not surprising precisely because even before it was formerly established by the President, there were questions about it,” he said.
On Tuesday, the High Tribunal declared as unconstitutional EO 1 which created the body, saying it "violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution" for focusing on the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. (PNA)
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