Bishops stress transparency on controversial agreement


BACOLOD CITY, August 5, 2006─The controversial Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Ancestral Domain between the government and Moro Liberation Front (MILF) the signing of which was deferred by the Supreme Court today drew remarks from some Catholic bishops.

CBCP President and Jaro (Iloilo) Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo said he would recommend to the CBCP Secretariat and its permanent council, composed of eleven bishops and archbishops to study the said agreement before making any statement.

Kalookan Bishop Deogracias Iniguez, Jr. pointed out the failure of government to satisfactorily explain to the people the contents of the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

He said he also want to be clarified on the concept of autonomy because to make Mindanao “another country or nation is too controversial.”

Interviewed at Bacolod Port August 4, Bishop Iniguez said “the government should explain every detail of the agreement because it is something that concerns the Filipino people especially with this long-standing problem of relationship with the Muslims.”

“We owe it to the Filipino people to explain the (agreement’s) details,” the prelate further said.

Butuan Bishop Juan De Dios M. Pueblos said “politicians should be more considerate this time for peace in the whole Philippines and especially in Mindanao.” He said the government should reveal the contents of the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain so “it could be properly discussed and probably a compromise could be made to prevent any trouble in the future. “ (Melo Acuna)(CBCPNews)

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My Take:

Bulag ang simbahan ngayon sa isyung ito.  Mukhang naging mas abala sila sa pagharap sa ploy ng Malakanyang: ang Reproductive Health Bill.  Hindi agad nabasa ng ating ka-Obispohan  ang posibilidad ng CHACHA sa likod nito dahil na rin sa katangian ng MOA: imposible, mapanlinlang, inililihim ang laman.

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