Atty. Panelo to Manila Bishop Pabillo: Pari kayo, hindi politiko!

Atty. Panelo to Manila Bishop Pabillo: Pari kayo, hindi politiko!


There is a time and honored doctrine in a democracy called “Separation of Church and State.”

Presidential Legal adviser Salvador Panelo has called out Manila Bishop Broderick Pabillo, asking him not to meddle in politics.

Panelo made such statement after the Manila Bishop in his homily during a mass at the San Felipe Neri Parsh in Mandaluyong City on Sunday, said it is “saddening” that the government is seemingly preoccupied with the death penalty and not showing a convincing way of addressing the surging pandemic brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

Atty. Salvador Panelo and Manila Bishop Broderick Pabillo
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“You are priests, not social or political leaders. Let us not be under the illusion that we are serving the Gospel through an exaggerated interest in the wide field of temporal problems.” was the response of Panelo to Pabillo.

The Presidential Legal Counsel reminded Pabillo and other memers of the clergy should just focus on praying.

“Siguro concentrate nalang siguro kayo sa pagpapagaling ninyo at sakayung mga pagdarasal,” he said in TV show.


Last month, Bishop Pabillo bared that he tested positive for Covid-19 but was asymptomatic.


According to Panelo, church leaders should also remind the public to observe quarantine protocols such as physical distancing, wearing face masks and face shields, and frequent handwashing.


It might be remembered that it was Panelo who accused the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) of using its religious influence to pressure the Supreme Court to decide against the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.


He said CBCP appeared to have violated the doctrine of the separationof the church and state as mandated by the 1987 Constitution.

“Such advocacy, coupled with its call to its faithful followers to prayer, effectively exerts religious influence or pressure on the Supreme Court to decide against a national law designed to combat the global crime of terrorism and to secure the safety of the Filipino people,” Panelo said in a statement.




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