by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News | 11/13/2012 9:02 PM
MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino on Tuesday launched a tirade against the Catholic Church for allegedly criticizing him at every turn.
He said leaders of other religious groups are easier to talk to.
"'Pag si Brother Eddie [Villanueva] ang tumawag, sila Bishop Leo [Alconga] at saka iba pa, sila Bishop Dan [Balais, at] kung sinu-sino pang mga kaibigan natin, minsan napapag-isip ako: Bakit napakadaling kausap nitong mga kababayan nating ito? At kung minsan naman po, kabahagi ako ng simbahan, bubukas pa lang ho ang bibig ko kini-criticize na ako," he said.
"So siguro sila ang magbibigay ng pagkakataong mapatunayan kung Kristiyano ako. So nakakagalak ho talagang nakikita (ko) kayong lahat dito, nakakasama sa pananampalataya, at sa pagtitiwala sa kapangyarihan ng pagdadasal,” Aquino said in his speech during the opening day of the Asia for Christ Movement (AFCM) Mission Congress held at the PICC.
Villanueva, who serves as chairman of the AFCM, led a pray-over for Aquino.
Alconga is the national chairman of the Philippines for Jesus Movement while Balais is the national director of the Philippines for Jesus Movement and national chairman of Intercessors for the Philippines.