Non-violent action required: Philippines Bishops

Bishops in the Philippines have urged people to undertake "communal action" after details emerged exposing government corruption.

Catholic News Agency reports the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) have called for non-violent action in an effort to spur political reform.

The call for action was sparked after recent revelations from a former environmental official, Rodolfo Lozada, who testified before the country's senate exposing alleged corruption at the highest levels of government.

CBCP president Archbishop Angel Lagdameo said the exposed corruption could save people from being "hostage to scandalous and shady government deals."

"Truth hurts. But the truth must be served. The truth will set our country free," he stressed," Archbishop Lagdameo said.

"We have to confess that corruption is in truth our greatest shame as a people," said Archbishop Lagdameo.

Archbishop Oscar Cruz of Lingayen-Dagupan said the call for communal action was "open-ended" and directed to all people seeking genuine governmental reform.

"One thing is clear, it will be an act against the present administration but as to how and who will answer to it it's up to the people," Archbishop Cruz said.

The archbishop said the bishops would support legitimate, non-violent actions of the majority of the people.

"As long as there will be no bloodshed and it remains constitutional, we will support it," he said.

Philippines bishops endorse "communal action" against government corruption(Catholic News Agency 12/01/08)

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13 Feb 2008