Bishop urges Abad to step down

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 03 2014 01:21 PM | Updated as of Jun 03 2014 09:21 PM

MANILA - Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani is calling on Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad to step down amid his alleged links in the pork scam.

In an interview with Radio Veritas, Bacani said the allegations against Abad have weight amid the inclusion of his name on several lists.

Businesswoman Janet Napoles claimed Abad taught her the ropes in the modus operandi.

Malacanang defended Abad, saying some quarters are just using him to criticize President Benigno Aquino III.

Abad himself denied any wrongdoing.

Reports citing the testimony of whistleblower Merlita Sunas, however, claimed Abad was indeed part of the scam.

“Ang palagay ko diyan, sa totoo lang, si Secretary Abad ay kinakailangan nang mag-resign, kahit na pending pa ang investigation… Sa totoo lang, si Janet Napoles at si [whistleblower Benhur Luy] ay parehong binabanggit siya sa kanilang listahan, hindi naman siguro nagkaroon ng conspiracy yung dalawa sa kanya,” Bacani said.

He said at this point in time, the government needs to restore the public’s trust in its officials.

Bacani also slammed the nepotism in government, which supposedly favors the Abads in public office.

There are allegedly 11 Abads in government.

“Parang may dynasty rin sa Executive branch, hindi maganda ang lumilitaw na image parang mga tentacles na mga ganyan… Sasabihin ko sa kanya, magbitiw ka muna, ipakita mo na hindi ka talaga gahaman diyan sa pwesto mo tutal somebody can take your place,” Bacani said.