Nothing wrong with the Church receiving PCSO funds, says Vice President Jejomar Binay
(SPOT.ph) Vice President Jejomar Binay said yesterday, July 7, that he saw nothing wrong with the Church receiving funds from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) since the agency was intended to help the poor, reports ABS-CBN News.
At the launch of the Pabahay Caravan in Zamboanga City, the vice president said that the vehicles and other items bought with PCSO money helped the Church fulfill their social obligation and were not meant for personal use. He added, however, that he will assess the situation better when he receives the results of the Senate investigation studying recent controversies involving the Church. Earlier reports revealed that bishops were allegedly given seven Pajeros and a portion of PCSO’s charity funds as a bribe to support then-President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Zamboanga Archbishop Romulo Valles and Basilan Bishop Martin Jumoad echoed Binay’s statement and said that the donations from PCSO were for public interest. However, the Zamboanga chapter of activist group Akbayan said accepting such funds were immoral. Regional director for Zamboanga Akbayan Edgar Araojo said the separation of the Church and State should be implemented.
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