Ethics will tell bishops what to do with SUVs: Palace

Posted at 07/06/11 7:49 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Their consciences will tell bishops whether or not to return the vehicles they allegedly received from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) during the Arroyo administration, Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said.

“Nasa mga obispo na po yun. Nasa kanilang konsensya po yun kung ano ho ang dapat nilang gawin. We will leave it to them to decide what is the best and proper thing to do in this case,” he said.

The PCSO revealed on Wednesday that several Catholic bishops received other types of vehicles other than the Mitsubishi Pajeros first reported.

Speaking at the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing, PCSO chief Margie Juico said some of the vehicles distributed to prelates include a Mitsubishi Montero, Isuzu Crosswind, Isuzu Alterra and Toyota Grandia.

"The vehicles from PCSO charity fund ay, alinsulod sa sinasabi ng [Commission on Audit], maaaring questionable sapagkat PCSO does not give luxury vehicles or SUVs," she told senators.

Lacierda, meanwhile, dismissed rumors that Malacañang is using the current leadership of the PCSO to harass the Church. Both are on the opposing side of the Reproductive Health bill issue.

He said PCSO’s revelations are part of the administration’s program in “good governance.” – from a report by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News