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Like the majority in the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), our leaders in the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) have been out of touch with reality. The PCEC recently issued a statement on the ZTE-FG Broadband scandal, occasioned by Jun Lozada’s damning testimony linking the First Gentleman to the multi-million dollar scam. This is the PCEC’s statement:

The emotional testimony of Jun Lozada before the Senate has been the favorite topic in many discussions in all levels of our society. However one views his words and actions, his revelations on the ZTE and other projects deserve greater attention and further investigation.

We appreciate the Senate for starting this investigation and bringing this to the attention of the Filipino people. But before the whole issue is muddled up with too much politicking, let us get to the bottom of it, fast. Let the truth be known, let culpability be determined and punishment be meted to those who will be found guilty.

We call on the Senate, Congress, and the President to form an independent, non-partisan, credible body to investigate the case and look at any legislative and/or executive remedy to
hasten the filing, prosecution, and punishment of those who are guilty. Time is of the essence here. Our people have long been subjected to accusations and charges that are left hanging. The whole system of government—legislative, executive, and judicial—is being eroded.

We affirm the President’s legitimacy as our leader. We are asking those who are planning to replace her using extra constitutional means to be prudent. Our nation can no longer bear any political upheaval. Let’s just wait for the 2010 elections.

We call on all Filipinos who are called by God’s Name, whether in government or in private sector, to go on a more serious reflection and prayerful self examination… How come
that the figures and percentage on bribes are getting higher? How much is needed to satisfy “moderate greed”? Since when have we embraced “permissible zone” as part of our ethics? Why have we become so good at being so bad? Have we forgotten the reason for our disgrace?

Moreover, we call on God’s people to pray—to ask God to “bestow the blessings of Deuteronomy 28” upon our godly leaders and to “rain down the curses” upon our leaders who persist in violating His laws.

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people”
(Proverbs 14:34).

We plead with you to listen to this warning: “… But unless you repent, you too will all perish” (Luke 13:3). It is in turning away from sin and seeking God can we hope for healing for this beloved land.

PCEC Board of Directors

14 February 2008

For more information, please call
Bishop Efraim M. Tendero at tel. no.
913-1658; fax nos. 913-1655 to 57
(local 601); or email us at

(emphasis supplied)

The PCEC has been turning a blind eye to the truth that all this goes all the way back to the one who has been illegitimately occupying the Office of the President, to the one who cheated her way to office, to the one who herself, presided over the signing of the graft-ridden ZTE broadband contract in China. One only needs to go over the PCEC’s previous statements on the same, long-running problem named Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and see how blinded they have become to the truth. They just don’t get it. I therefore call on our PCEC leaders to repent from their obstinate refusal to see the truth for what it is. The Inquirer’s editorial on the failure of the CBCP to the same is apropos.

The Christian thing to do is to hold Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to account for her failure to abide by her oath of office and to ask her to resign.

Written by Romel

February 15, 2008 at 5:29 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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