Filipino Bishop Says Aquino 'Acting Less and Less' Like a President

Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo Believes Head of State Is Abandoning Duties Following January Massacre

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A Filipino Bishop criticized President Benigno S. Aquino III, saying that the head of state is acting less and less like the nation’s chief executive.

Auxiliary Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo of Manila, chairman of the Permanent Committee on Public Affairs of Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), noted that the president’s fixation with the Mamasapano massacre has caused him to abandon his other duties.

“His is a lame-duck leadership. He is losing influence … Filipinos no longer believe him,” Bishop Pabillo told Church-run Radyo Veritas in an interview.

According to the CBCP, the Filipino prelate has said that among the decisions Aquino has yet to make are naming those who take over the Philippine National Police and the Commission on Elections.

Bishop Pabillo’s comments come at a time when President Aquino’s approval ratings have hit an all time low following the death of 44 policemen in a botched raid.

On January 25th, three platoons of the police’s Special Action Force (SAF) conducted a raid on the guerilla enclave of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

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