PHILIPPINES: Bishop says silence on corruption is being ‘Judas’

We are one with you Bishop Arigo in this fight against corruption.  Government officials, being in positions of public trust, ought to be fully accountable to the public in their appropriation of taxpayers’ money.   


Bishop Arigo

In a pastoral letter titled “The Lord and Corruption”, Puerto Princesa Bishop Pedro Arigo exhorted the people to make a unified effort to eradicate corruption.  The prelate also stressed that fighting corruption was a duty to God and to the people.

“To remain silent or indifferent to the issue of corruption because one wants a quiet life, or has a personal interest or debt of gratitude, is to be an accomplice to theft and exploitation and is like being Judas to the people,” Arigo said.

The pastoral letter was read during Masses in all Catholic parish churches in Palawan last Sunday.  Bishop Arigo has earlier called for an investigation into the alleged misuse of the P2.3 billion proceeds from Malampaya Gas Project off Palawan.   According to him, some powerful politicians were behind the “anomaly” and should be held accountable for “causing pain to the society.”


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