More youth leaders behind Archbishop Cruz

OZAMIZ CITY, May 15, 2008—Various youth groups from the Archdiocese of Ozamis and the Dioceses of Pagadian and Iligan expressed their full support for Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz now facing libel charges at a local court in Manila.

They described the recent action of the Department of Justice as one of the dirty tricks of the Arroyo administration to silence its foremost critic from the Catholic church.

Nena Porol, Archdiocese of Ozamis’ Bible Youth Facilitator from the Paul VI Biblical Center said they are all behind the prelate in his continued criticism of the administration.

“The resurrection of libel case by Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez against Archbishop Cruz is clearly an outcome of being number one critic of the current administration,” Porol said in an interview with CBCPNews.

She added the Archbishop had no intention to offend the 20 female employees of Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation when the he referred to them as if working as Guest Relations Officers (GROs) in a birthday party of the First Gentleman, Atty. Jose Miguel T. Arroyo. “There was no malicious intent because the prelate didn’t call them prostitutes,” she added.

On the other hand, Diocese of Illigan Bible Youth Coordinator Julius Mirafuentes said the usual practice nowadays in the government is to create problems in order to cover up the real issues.

He further added that the revival of libel case is to instill fear among known Arroyo critics.

“As youth leader in our local church, we strongly condemn such uncalled for scheme of Arroyo’s Government,” Mirafuentes explained.

Meanwhile, Diocese of Pagadian Parish Youth coordinator Albin Jim Genon told to CBCPNews that Archbishop Cruz is an inspiration to the youth in fighting against immorality but libel case is the weapon of certain government officials to silence its critics. (CBCPNews)

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