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Arroyo not blameless over military graft
Bishop slams ex-president, Caritas Manila offers whistleblowers protectionSister Mary John Mananzan with whistleblower Rodolfo Lozada
- ucanews.com staff and reporter, Manila
- February 2, 2011
Arroyo at the very least should have been aware of the military officialsâ€™ pocketing of millions of pesos, having been the commander-in-chief of all armed forces at the time, Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro BacaniÂ said.
â€śShe must have known about it. If not, she was negligent. Iâ€™m not saying she took money herself but, as Senator Ernesto Maceda told me, she tolerated it because she was afraid to lose the support of the security forces,â€ť Bishop Bacani said in an interview on Church-run Radio Veritas.
â€śThatâ€™s the sad part. If a president is corrupt the people under him or her become corrupt as well,â€ť he added.
Bishop Bacani said the former armed forces chief of staff Angelo Reyes should be charged if there was evidence he accepted 50 million pesos as retirement money.
â€śAngelo Reyes was a major player in the ouster of [former president Joseph] Estrada in 2001. What a great act of hypocrisy,â€ť he said.
Bishop Bacani was speaking after 20 bishops pledged their support for whistleblowers exposing graft in the military.
Caritas ManilaÂ and the Association of Major Religious in the Philippines (AMRSP)Â said they are willing to provide security to former government auditor Heidi Mendoza who revealed alleged military corruption, specifically during Arroyoâ€™s term.
â€śWe are ready to provide sanctuary to whistleblowers who we consider as friends,â€ť said Father Anton Pascual, Caritas Manila executive director.
â€śItâ€™s time the Church has its own witness protection program because itâ€™s the only institution the people trusts.â€ť
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