Wow! Did Fr. Robert Reyes just accuse CBCP President Archbishop Romulo Valles of being capable of selling his integrity in exchange for P100 million?
According to GMA News report, Reyes is opposed to the planned dialogue meeting between CBCP President Archbishop Romulo Valles and President Rodrigo Duterte for fear that Duterte might offer Valles “P100 million for his silence” about the issues hounding the present administration. [GMA News]
Reyes also said there can be no real dialogue between Valles-Duterte because the two are good friends.
He proposed that Reyes that at least Valles would be accompanied by CBCP vice president Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David.
Reyes remarked did not make the Davao lay ministers very happy, prompting them to write an open letter to express their sentiment on Reyes accusation.
The Davao lay ministers strongly condemned Reyes’ remark for making it appear that their Bishop “is corrupt and compromised.”
The open letter demanded Reyes to clarify and much better, issue a public apology.
AN OPEN LETTER TO FR. ROBERT REYES
DEAR FR. REYES,
Greetings of Peace! We write you to express our concern at the your opposition to the planned dialogue between CBCP President Archbishop Romulo Valles and President Duterte.
As a shepherd of the flock, any desire or process at communication should always be welcome.
Being from Mindanao, we know the value of open communication at many levels and how that have promoted peace on our island throughout the years. We hope you also see this dialogue in that light.
In particular, we take exception to recent statenents you are quoted to have said.
“Reyes also expressed fears that Duterte might offer Valles “P100 million for his silence” about the issues hounding the present administration.
These are direct insinuations that our Archbishop is corrupt and compromised.
We believe they are without basis, and coming from you, a priest, raises a concern that only makes the leaders of the flock look like they are mired in the mud of partisan politics that, frankly, has only served to divide and disgust many of the faithful.
Political situations come and go, and we, the Church remains standing. Dragging it through too much temporal politics only weakens our foundations.
We hope you can respond to clarify, and if needed apologize for such statements.