Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Akbayan Rep. Villarin defends Bishop from Duterte: Bishop David is a good shepherd



On Tuesday, Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin defended Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David against the remarks of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin and Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David / Composite photos from CNN Philippines and PagadianDiocese

A good shepherd

In a press conference, Villarin said that Bishop David “is a good shepherd to his flock and will not abandon them on account of fear and despite the incessant attacks by a ravenous wolf.”

Villarin also said the attacks of Duterte on the Catholic Church showed “how intolerant and spiteful he is to institutions.”

His personal beliefs and issues on Church teachings and his concept of God should not be turned into policy pronouncements in public forums and presidential speeches,” he added.
Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David / Photo from Rappler

Baseless allegation

Meanwhile, senatorial candidates of Liberal Party Chel Diokno and Florin Hilbay also expressed their support to Bishop David.

Hindi makatarungan ang pananakot kay Bishop Ambo David; wala ring basehan ang mga alegasyon laban sa kanya (The harassment of Bishop Ambo David is not fair; the allegations against him have no basis). I stand by Bishop Ambo in his crusade to fight for and protect fellow Filipinos,” Diokno said in a statement.

In every diocese that he has served, Bishop Ambo has left a lasting mark for his humanitarian work and compassion for the poor. Bishop Ambo’s heart for the poor and the oppressed became more evident when they were killed without a warrant and regard for their rights,” Hilbay said.

Last Thursday, during the visit of Duterte in Tanza Cavite, he claimed that he knows a certain bishop “David” who steals Church donations and providing it to his family. 
Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David / Photo from Rappler

Ikaw, David, tumahimik ka ha. Sige ka lang hingi ng contribution diyan sa mga… Saan ang pera ng mga tao? Ang g*** sige lang hingi, may second collection pa [You David, better shut up. You ask for contributions…Where do the people’s money go? The fool even asks for a second collection],” Duterte said.

Alam mo totoo lang, sabihin ko sa inyo, iyong mga offerings, iyong mga pinya, mga avocado, saging, saan napupunta ‘yan? Gusto ninyong malaman? Gusto ninyo ng video? Ibigay ko sa inyo. Doon sa pamilya niya [The truth is, I tell you, the offerings, pineapples, avocados, bananas, where do they go? You want to know? You want to see video? I’ll show you. They go to his family],” he added.


Source: Inquirer