Bishops bare expectations for PNoy’s SONA

Posted at 07/23/12 10:34 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines bared what they want to hear in President Aquino’s third State of the Nation Address in Congress today.

In a CBCP News report, CBCP president Jose Palma said he is interested to hear President Aquino’s “clear vision of where we are heading.”

“He should also include his priorities and concrete measures to attain our goals,” the 62-year old prelate said in a text message to CBCPNews.

Another prelate, Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Iniguez, Jr., said he would like to hear from the President concrete measures to overcome poverty “and efforts to make government officials servants of the people.”

He added he will appreciate an update in the peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.

Isabela Bishop Martin S. Jumoad said he wants to know the administration’s accomplishments in terms of infrastructures and delivery of basic services.

“Sana hindi lang plano ang marinig natin,” he added.

Caceres Archbishop Leonardo Z. Legazpi said he will appreciate updates on how the government provides the minimum basic right to life, employment, wages, housing along with clear indicators of the fulfillment of Aquino’s first and second SONA.

Legazpi noted that from the first SONA in 2010 to the second SONA last year, nothing has changed as far as Bicolanos are concerned.