Caloocan prelate backs probe of bishops' SUVs

By Atom Araullo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 05 2011 02:58 PM | Updated as of Jul 06 2011 06:38 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez of the Diocese of Caloocan today conceded that an investigation is in order on the so-called "Pajero 7."

The "Pajero 7" collectively refers to seven Catholic bishops who are said to have received luxury vehicles from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and cash amounting to P8.3 million under the term of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

"Since lumabas na yan, kailangan maimbestigahan. Para na rin sa kapakanan ng mga bishops na tinutukoy," said Iñiguez.

Asked if he thought that accepting favors from the PCSO was immoral, Iñiguez insisted that this should be taken on a case to case basis.

"Depende sa circumstances. Ako nagre-refer din sa PCSO para sa medical needs ng mga taong gipit. May mga patakaran naman ang PCSO na dapat sundin," he said.

Iñiguez claims he is not familiar with the case of Butuan Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos who is alleged by the PCSO to have written then President Arroyo and asked for a 4x4 vehicle as a birthday gift.

"Depende yan sa relasyon nila ni PGMA," he said.