Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra yesterday said he hopes President Benigno Aquino III makes good on his promise to stop corruption and to alleviate the plight of the poor.
The president should show his sincerity by getting rid of bad elements in his Cabinet who are perpetuating corrupt practices, the bishop said.
The bishop, reacting to Aquino’s State of the Nation Address, said he would rank the president’s first year performance as “fair.”
The President, who has been under fire from the Catholic Church for pushing for the passage of the Reproductive Health Bill, in his SONA thanked the priests and bishops who have continued to dialog with him, like Cardinals Gaudencio Rosales and Ricardo Vidal.
“Cardinal Rosales and I may not be the closest of friends, but I believe that he did all that he could to reduce the tensions between the church and the government,” Aquino said.
The election of Archbishop Jose Palma, defender of human rights and of the environment, as head of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, only bolsters my confidence that the state and the clergy will be able to engage each other in a positive manner, he added.
Frank Carbon, president of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said they were expecting the president to his roadmap on tourism, agribusiness, business process outsourcing, infrastructure development among others.,
But the president is right in saying that we need to put our house in order in order to move forward, Carbon said.*CPG