SYDNEY, Australia – President Benigno Aquino III lauded the Vatican's decision to name Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle as cardinal, saying he has been an admirer of Tagle.
"Well, Archbishop Tagle is somebody I really admire from way back. And it's really a credit to what he has done for the church and for its followers to be recognized and given this singular honor. And we applaud the decision of the Vatican in naming him as Cardinal," Aquino told reporters at the sidelines of his state visit to Australia.
Aquino is hoping that Tagle will not be the target of critics after having said that he admires the newly named cardinal. Aquino said he has a share of critics from the Church.
"Ngayon, inaalala ko lang if I praise him will he be criticized because I praised him and the Church has people who are against me… Hopefully, Cardinal Tagle, my praising you will not get you into the bad light of certain people who think always ill of me," Aquino said.