Aquino should stop blame game–Bishop Pabillo

President Benigno Aquino III SONA 2015 Photo by Robert Vinas Malacañang Photo Bureau

A Catholic Church official has advised President Benigno Aquino III to stop blaming his predecessors, particularly Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, for the nation’s woes.

Manila auxiliary bishop Broderick Pabillo was referring to Aquino’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) last Monday, July 27, when he again linked Arroyo to corruption.

“It’s been a long time. He has been there for more than five years already, but he did nothing and he keeps blaming others instead,” Pabillo said in an article posted on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines news site on Wednesday, July 29.

He added that it was not right for Aquino to continue the blame game especially now that he has less than a year to go to leave his legacy.

Aquino, whose term ends on June 30, 2016, had run on an anti-corruption platform in 2010.

During his final SONA before a joint session of Congress, Aquino again listed the alleged corruption cases under Arroyo’s watch.

Arroyo, presently a congresswoman representing Pampanga, has been under arrest for alleged plunder.

Meanwhile, Pabillo also questioned Aquino’s supposed propaganda in the SONA, where he trumpeted his administration’s achievements.

“I was hoping that the SONA would be about the state of the country but instead used it for propaganda… That’s not the purpose of the SONA,” he said.

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