Tagle urges gov't officials: Clean up your ranks
MANILA - Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle urged government officials to remove corruption from their ranks or risk teaching the public that corrupts acts are standard operating procedure.
"This is our call to the political community: fix and clean up your ranks because if you won’t do so, you are teaching the Filipino people that corruption is acceptable,” Tagle was quoted as saying by CBCP News.
“In the end, each Filipino will become corrupt, thinking that it is part of an SOP (Standard Operating Procedure). This should not be the case,” he added.
The Manila archbishop issued his call during the monthly Manila Archdiocesan General Pastoral Assembly (MAGPAS) held at the Cardinal Sin Auditorium of the Paco Catholic School.
The call came after several lawmakers were tagged in a P10 billion scam involving legislators' pork barrel funds.
In the report, Tagle urged the public to strive to restore integrity in society.
“We, individuals, should strive to change this system. Let us refuse. We should not comply or agree with practices that are not keeping God’s will and the laws of the land,” he said, noting that the public must act and not just depend on government leaders.
“Even if we say that corrupt practices are widely accepted in various government offices, we all have the freedom to choose. The political community and our personal families might have greatly influenced us, but we should always remember that we are free to make a choice,” he added.