Pro-life groups raise over P8M to pay for "Mitsubishops’" cars
(SPOT.ph) Pro-life groups who saw nothing wrong with the bishops accepting SUVs and money from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) are now raising funds to cover the cost of the said "donations," reports ABS-CBN News.
"In the service of the church and charity work, walang masama (there’s nothing wrong with it)," said former Manila Mayor Lito Atienza. Former Malacañang lawyer Romulo Macalintal added, "Nakahanda tayong tumulong sa simbahan para maipagtanggol ito (We’re ready to help the Church and to defend it)." In an earlier report, Vice President Jejomar Binay also echoed the same sentiment, saying that the funds would aid the Church in fulfilling their social obligation.
Atienza and Macalintal’s group are raising over P8-million in funds, the cost of the seven SUVs that were allegedly given to bishops for political patronage. According to the report, it is unclear whether the money will be used to buy brand new SUVs or to pay back the PCSO. The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), however, said that choosing to return the vehicles would be up to the bishops’ discretion.
But for retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz, a staunch detractor of the Reproductive Health Bill, it was wrong for the bishops to accept the SUVs in the first place. "Mukhang walang delikadeza (No class)." However, he considers the PCSO controversy a blessing in disguise since it encourages pastors like him to serve the people better.
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