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Filipino legislator ’should quit over drugs charge’

Bishop says politician should abide by ethics committee findings

Filipino legislator ’should quit over drugs charge’
Ilocos Sur Rep. Ronald Singson reporter, Manila

January 4, 2011

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A Filipino legislator facing drug trafficking charges in Hong Kong should resign from Congress if found to have violated ethical standards, a bishop from the southern Philippines said. Cotabato Auxiliary Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo said resignation was the most honorable thing for Ilocos Sur Rep. Ronald Singson to do if found guilty by the House Ethics Committee. “I do not know about the legalities of the House of Representatives but if the ethics committee was able to prove that he committed a mistake, I think the most honorable thing to do is to resign,” the bishop said over Church-run Radio Veritas 846 Monday. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte earlier said the House ethics and privileges committee was set to investigate Singson’s case amid mounting calls for his expulsion. Bishop Bagaforo, meanwhile, also advised Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson to go to the police if he truly believes in the government. “He has to face the law because after all he is a senator of the Republic of the Philippines,” he said. “He ran for senator so it means he trusts the government he serves and that he will have justice if he didn’t do anything wrong,” the prelate said. Lacson fled the country last year in a bid to escape alleged harassment by the government over his alleged involvement in the killing of publicist Salvador Dacer and driver Emmanuel Corbito in 2000. Related reports Filipino bishop backs ‘iron fist’ against crime Bishop calls for urgent peace in Mindanao Arroyo’s farewell leaves Philippine bishops cold PR12700.1635
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