Home Updated December 06, 2011 03:10 PM
MANILA, Philippines – Bishops are willing to act as mediators in the conflict between President Benigno Aquino III and Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona.
Sorsogon bishop Arturo Bastes said Church officials are sincere in settling the dispute between the chief executive and the chief justice for the sake of public welfare and reconciliation.
“I am okay with that specially this time of Christmas. A time for peace, reconciliation, understanding and respect to each other,” Bastes told Church-run Radyo Veritas.
He said that among the bishops capable of acting as mediator between the feuding personalities include outgoing Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, Cebu archbishop Jose Palma, and Cebu archbishop emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal.
“Bishops are capable of doing that specially those Bishops who have more ascendancy even Cardinal Rosales… incoming archbishop of Manila Archbishop Tagle. They are respectable people and some prelate and priest who are known to whom PNoy have respect,” Bastes added.
For his part, Caloocan bishop Deogracias Iniguez said the two leaders should keep in mind the feedback or reaction of the people who have been caught in the middle of their bickering.
“Bilang lingkod bayan sana maging open sila maging sensitive sila sa mga damdamin ng bayan, maraming mga personal na mga bagay na dapat nilang isantabi o talakayin privately at hindi sa publiko,” Iniguez said.
This after Aquino openly castigated the SC Chief Justice during the criminal justice summit in Manila.