Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Same Old, Same Old

From Ellen, Bishops Slam corruption again:

”We strongly condemn the continuing culture of corruption from the top to the bottom of our social and political ladder,” the bishops said in a pastoral statement.

”We must seek the truth and we must restore integrity. We are convinced that the search for truth in the midst of charges and allegations must be determined and relentless.”

Those statements smell familiar. But I wanna know when are you going to call for Arroyo's resignation?

Oh, I did not read the statement carefully, we must continue "seeking" and "searching" for the "truth" raw, whatever "truth" the bishops and people like Francisco Claver are looking for--okay, I'll shut up now. (slinks away...)

UPDATE: CBCP calls for the abolition of EO 464

Uhhhmmm... didn't the CBCP join the call for it's abolition back in 2006?

Eniwey, akala ko ba unconstitutional na ang EO 464 according to Arroyo's Supreme Court. from Conrad de Quiros (2006):

I WAS TEMPTED TO COMPARE THE Supreme Court's decision to junk EO 464 with Manuel Villar's success in getting Congress to impeach Joseph “Erap” Estrada some years ago, and call it the Supreme Court's "shining hour." But there seems to be quite a difference. Villar's effort was brilliant and courageous. How he got a pro-Erap Congress to buck the Chief Executive showed huge political acumen, and how he got to push something this country had never tried before against a president whose popularity this country had never known before showed bigger balls. The Supreme Court has merely shown common sense.

As with most things the GMA (Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo) regime has done, EO 464 was a non-issue as far as its intrinsic merits were concerned. It had none. As Fr. Joaquin Bernas has said, the brazenness of EO 464 was patent even to his first year students in law class. I will go further and say that the brazenness of EO 464 was patent even to the istambays in my neighborhood who congregate nightly among the stores, drinking themselves silly and arguing (noisily) about everything under the sun, or starless sky. The image that comes to mind is a priest telling a congregation whose hands are bound and whose mouths are taped, "If anyone has any objection to this marriage, speak up or forever be silent." And hearing no objection, proceeds to say, "I now proclaim you man and wife."

But at least Fr. Bernas wants to see EO 464 abolished again.

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