CBCP's claims 'unfair' - Lacierda

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 30 2013 11:32 PM | Updated as of Jan 31 2013 07:32 AM

MANILA - Malacañang described as unfair the criticisms of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) aired Tuesday on some political and social issues.

In a press conference a day after the CBCP issued a new pastoral statement, Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said: "Certainly we welcome constructive criticism. But it's unfair naman to just brush a broad stroke and say wala kayong ginagawa which is totally unfair to this administration. Any Tom, Dick and Harry will see that this administration has been proactive in addressing all these concerns that have been raised by the CBCP statement.”

Some of these concerns include political dynasties and civil liberties.

On political dynasty, the Palace said that political families should not be generalized as “bad” and that it is up to the electorate to decide whom to vote pending the absence of an enabling law on political dynasties.

“Not all dynasties are bad, not all dynasties are good… But to include a general statement that… all politicians having the same surname should be banned outright, that is something that we should study hard and… ensure that… the law on political dynasties should be in accordance to what the Constitution would like to see,” Lacierda said.

“Nasa sambayanan ang desisyon kung itong pamilyang ito which has a history of serving the public good should be elected or not. It’s up to the electorate. It’s our responsibility as citizens to go through each and every political candidate and see, is he worthy of my vote? Whether you belong to a family or whether you are a newcomer, you have to present yourself to the general public and say, ‘Am I qualified to serve the public good?’”

On the government’s alleged failure to address certain problems, Lacierda said the government has taken steps to address illegal logging and extrajudicial killings and that the Palace is willing to provide the bishops with information of what the government has done.