Like manna from heaven, rare praise for President-elect Rodrigo Duterte fell from the lips of some Catholic bishops who lauded him for his decision to hold simple inauguration rites in Malacañang.
In an interview over Church-run Radio Veritas, Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco said: “I am happy about the simple inauguration. We need to be simple even in our way of life. Simplicity [is] an important value that we have to promote.”
Ongtioco said simplicity was one of the characteristics of a great leader.
“Simplicity, an important value that we have to promote. Learning how to live simply is a nice culture [trait] of Filipinos and it fosters solidarity with the poor,” he added.
Bishop Antonio Maralit of Boac, Marinduque, said that by his simplicity Duterte was setting a good example for others.
He called this a good start and said it sent a concrete message of genuine change for the country.
He appealed to the faithful to pray for Duterte and the other new leaders in government that they may fulfill their duties and responsibilities to the country and people.
Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer