Statement of Manila Archbishop Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales
on Verdict on former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada
The verdict on the former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada elicits three impressions from us.
The law is to be respected. And part of the law is the provision to appeal to the higher court for reconsideration, for a lesser verdict or pardon, etc. This should be the proper succeeding recourse instead of settling the score in the streets or elsewhere.
Secondly, the verdict, even if still appealable, should remind all that the privileged authority to lead and to serve is always, and without exception, for the welfare of the people served. Let this be a constant reminder to the people elected or appointed to serve. The moral in this is “BE MORAL.”
As we sympathize with the former president in the continuing learning story of his life, we also include him in prayer for the virtues of humility and patience.
We continue to pray for our country and its people, and we ask the Blessed Virgin Mary, our mother, whose feast of her Holy Name we celebrate today, for her special intercession to God to protect and give peace to our land.
+GAUDENCIO B. CARDINAL ROSALES, D.D.
Archbishop of Manila
12 September 2007