MANILA - The president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines on Monday said the nation must respect the Supreme Court amid a brewing controversy over the high tribunal's decision over the disbursement acceleration program (DAP).
"We must respect the Supreme Court. Where there was error, there must be humble admission and immediate rectification," a CBCPNews report quoted Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas as saying.
Villegas issued the statement hours after President Aquino criticized the Supreme Court for declaring as unconstitutional several acts under the DAP.
In his statement, Villegas urged government leaders to practice humility and respect democratic principles so as not to compromise the common good.
"The CBCP prays that our nation will tread the path of peace, and that our national leaders may truly be humble and respectful of our democratic institutions so that our most sacred freedoms and liberties are always upheld," he said.
He also called on Filipinos to "hold fast to the basic tenets of the democratic way of life enshrined in our Constitution" and to be always reminded of the Judiciary's mandate "to interpret the law with definitiveness in the process of resolving justiciable issues."
Villegas said the rule of law must always be safeguarded for it is a "fundamental requirement" and an "objective condition" of the common good.
"That the Rule of Law is at all times safeguarded is therefore a moral concern. When the Rule of Law is compromised, the common good becomes its victim," he said. With a report by CBCPNews