Promotion of Church People’s Response Cebu Chapter

Aquino gov’t hounded by bad governance, HR violations, vilification of the Church

Through the prophet Ezekiel, God has exhorted the people in the past, “Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit (Ezekiel 18:31)”.

This verse from the Bible is a wake- up call for President Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III who is set to deliver the State of the Nation Address this July 25, 2011.

Contradicting PNoy’s claim of “matuwid na daan” (rightful path) is the culture of impunity evidenced by blatant human rights violations, bad governance, lack of clear national vision, insensitivity to the real needs of the basic masses and perpetuation of the exploitative stance of globalization.

His pronouncements of “respect of human rights” and “development-oriented activities” are carried out to the contrary, with the new Internal Peace and Security Plan for 2011- 2016 and the Oplan Bayanihan (OPB).

These counter-insurgency programs make the President, who is the Commander-in-Chief, accountable to the documented 14 cases of extrajudicial killings, 70 cases of harassment, and displacement of 1,427 forced evacuees from January 1 to March 31, 2011.

The President and his staff must be held accountable to countless civilians dragged through civil-military operations which is a clear violation of international agreements to which our country is one of the signatories.

Furthermore, PNoy has to answer to the systematic cooptation of the Church through the Church Military Advisory Group (CMAG). The CMAG alienated the Church from the poor peasants in Negros islands to whom the Church truly opted to serve.

Furthermore, the Aquino Government has vilified Church’s leaders by tagging them as “Pajero Bishops” those who received with honest intentions, donations from the government agencies.

PNoy should fulfill his promises by implementing a genuine agrarian reform program, and by distributing for free, the 6,453 hectares of land of Hacienda Luisita to the tillers. He must not allow the land to be covered by the stock distribution option or Public-Private Partnership projects.

Opposite to his promise of creating a million jobs, the unemployment rate of the country ballooned to 7.4 percent. He has also to account questionable temporary cash transfers doled out to the poor.

Without a clear vision, mission and program of action to concretely address the real roots of the present social and economic problems, the Aquino government sticks to temporary measures instead of a comprehensive economic program to address the worsening crisis of the society.

In this light, the President’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) is expected to mask bad governance, and the sufferings of the people. But we would like to remind the President that he is accountable to God and to His people. Thus, the Lord said “I will be merciful only if you stop your evil thoughts and deeds and start treating each other with justice (Jeremiah 7: 5).”

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