Church leaders call on Aquino to step down

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Six officials from the Catholic Church and three members of religious groups have joined the National Transformation Council’s (NTC) call for President Benigno Aquino III to “step down.”

In Cebu City, retired Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal appealed to other bishops and religious leaders to join the Catholic Church in praying for God’s guidance “for the renewal of the nation.”

The archbishops who have supported the calls for President Aquino to resign are Romulo Dela Cruz of Zamboanga City and Ramon Arguelles of Lipa City in Batangas; Archbishop Emeritus Fernando Capalla of Davao, Bishop Ramon Villena of Bayombong, Nueva Viscaya and Bishop Filomeno Bactol of Naval, Biliran.

The Catholic Church leaders  showed their support to calls for Aquino to resign during a recent gathering in Cebu City joined by NTC convenors former Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales and former Senator Kit Tatad.

Other leaders present during the meeting were Bishop Butch Belgica and Bishop Jose Socito of Christian Bishops and Ministries in the Philippines and Evangelical Pastor Arthur Corpus of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines.

The bishops’ support was made during Vidal’s post-birthday party  at his home in Sto. Niño Village in Banilad, Cebu City.

“The National Transformation Council has strongly articulated that the President should step down. We, bishops of the Catholic and other Christian Churches, have often been asked if there is moral basis to this growing demand. Recent developments have made this call even more urgent and imperative,” Vidal said in a statement during the event.

In the same event Tatad said: “The entire government must step down, including those who have claims to the line of presidential succession because as far as the NTC is concerned, the whole electoral process (in 2010) was fraudulent.”

He said that the NTC has received calls during their previous assemblies to organize a government that could fix the present system.

“Not to succeed president Aquino but to put in place a working democratic system where you have genuinely free elections and where you could hint to transform the structure of the government,” Tatad said.

Gonzales said that the NTC will not support a coup.

We are hoping that the people will have the courage to come out and support the call for Aquino to resign,” said Gonzales.

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 TINGTING COJUANGCO and husband Jose “Peping” Cojuangco, uncle of President Aquino were in mass rally  at the Our Lady of Edsa Shrine  to call for the ouster of President Benigno Aquino III and other government officials. The group, who identified themselves under the “Edsa 2/22 coalition,” asked for the resignation of Aquino, Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senate President Franklin Drilon, House Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte and their colleagues in Congress. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said rebellion charges could be filed against those planning to oust President Aquuino.

THE PLOTTERS

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Binay should also go

Norberto Gonzales was part of a group calling on President Benigno Aquino to step down.

But his group, the National Transformation Council (NTC), is not only after the head of Aquino but also that of Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Gonzales, the national security adviser of the Arroyo administration, said “When we say stepping down of the President, we are talking about regime change. It’s not only him that should step down but also Vice President Jejomar Binay and other officials.”

Gonzales and former Senator Francisco “Kit” Tatad are among key players of the NTC.

The NTC has gathered 10 million signatures nationwide in support for the call for the President to resign or to step down.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV had linked Gonzales, also a former defense secretary of the Arroyo administration, to an alleged plot to unseat Aquino amid public anger over a disastrous police operation to arrest Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, alias “Marwan.”

The NTC said Aquino was unfit for the presidency due to his “incompetence and insensitivity.” The NTC said it could take over the government in a “caretaker capacity.”

Upon the resignation of the President and his Cabinet, Gonzales said NTC would  establish an interim government, with bishops and other religious leaders as “moral advisers.”

Gonzales said he and the NTC do not support a coup.

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No to coup

 Former Tarlac Rep. Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr., an uncle of President Aquino, admitted that he was among those pushing for change in the country’s leadership.

But like former Defense secretary (Arroyo administration) Norberto Gonzales, Cojuangco frowns on a coup unseating Aquino.

Cojuangco said his call for change was neither a prelude to a coup nor a military takeover.

Cojuangco’s name surfaced as a plotter after Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago said a rich businessman was planning to oust the President.

Denying the charge, Cojuangco said: “I’m not in favor of a coup. I am against a military takeover. But I am in favor of major reforms or change in leadership.”

Cojuangco’s idea of change is similar Gonzales’ call for the establishment of a transition government.

Cojuangco, a brother of the late President Corazon Aquino, said the calls for major changes in leadership and in governance had earned the support of key sectors after the Mamasapano incident.

He noted that the social atmosphere today was similar to the unrest that led to Edsa People Power Revolution in 1986 that toppled the dictator Ferdinand Marcos and Edsa People Power II that unseated in 2001 then President Joseph Estrada who was facing an impeachment trial on corruption charges.

At least five Catholic bishops have called on the President to “step down” because they believe he is no longer fit for the presidency.

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13 thoughts on “Church leaders call on Aquino to step down

  1. These people who are seeking the ouster of Pnoy are suspects in their motives. The bishops among them are the GMA loyalists who received favors from her somehow one way orbthe other. Gonzales used to be the National security secretary, Peping and Ting Ting Cojuanco are nothing but power seekers without regard for national interest

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  2. IM STILL HOPING AND PRAYING THAT ALL OF US A TRUE PILIPINO WE HAVE GOD IN OUR HEART WE WILL COOPERATE BUILD OUR NATION TO BE GREAT AGAIN .IPAUBAYA NATIN SA DYOS. ANG LAHAT MAY. TAMANG PANAHON MAPARUSAHAN DIN ANG MGA MAKASALANAN LET US UNITE WE WANT TO LIVE IN PEACE.GOD BLESS US.

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  3. This story is false and made up. No Catholic Bishop would make comments like these about politics…because they are impartial..and do not get involved in Politics at this level. You gusys are liars and cheats…

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    1. How about those nuns or sisters, what ever you call them, who joined hand in hand at the Edsa revolution 1986. Then you say clergy people does not interfere with govt politics.. Common people, wake up.

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      1. Common people do wake up, when they have something to wake up for. Are you suggesting that Catholic Bishop advocate and support murder and rape? Are you suggesting that the Catholics should endorse and promote a murderer who kills people, whether they are criminals or not. No they Catholics do not support murder, even if the the person to be murdered is a criminal. We have a judicial system, whether it os fair or not, it exists to manage law and order. If the judicial system does not work, are you suggesting that Government should instead, simply murder criminals. If you do suggest that, then you are also the same as criminals. So where would crime stop if the Government is permitted to murder criminals. Will they then murder smokers, alcohol drinkers and car drivers who break the road rules. That is why Catholics and the Church do not support Duterte, because he wants to openly murder criminals.

        I can see the future, Duterte then moves on and murders men for infidelity, children for disobeying their parents and at the and at the same time, he passes a law allowing men to rape women! WOW WHAT A WONDERFUL FUTURE FOR FILIPINOS…

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    2. Yes Catholic MIGHT support a murderer, rapist etc.. because in the BIBLE.. King DAVID was used to be a murderer and a rapist. COMMON PEOPLE… research and learn more before you conclude.

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      1. Dexter, King David was not a murderer in those times, because Laws preventing murder by the Church and the King, did not exist. In fact even the Church killed people (for example witches). Murder is illegal in the Philippines, therefore a president that murders people is a criminal under Philippines Criminal Code and International Criminal laws. A church that supports Murder by a President (or any other officer in the Philippines) is also guilty assisting Murder. So may I suggest, instead of suggesting I should know more about the Bible, you should learn about Crime and Criminal Justicelaws of the Philippines. In other words “Judge not lest Ye shall be Judged”….I know the Law, International Law and the Bible because I am a devoted Catholic!

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  4. This is an old issue/news item, take note of the date this news item was released it was february 24, 2015. let’s be realistic and objective..

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