ARCHBISHOP  CRUZ  DOES  NOT  BELIEVE  PGMA  WILL  STEP  DOWN  IN  2010

DAGUPAN CITY,
MAY 20, 2009 (STAR) By Eva Visperas - Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan Oscar Cruz does not believe that President Arroyo would step down when her term ends next year.

Speaking to The STAR, Cruz said Mrs. Arroyo could resort to Charter change, failure of election, emergency rule or a transition government to remain in power beyond 2010.

“All means and all costs are at her disposal and command so that she would not step down by 2010,” he said.

“I’m not saying martial law because that should be the last thing that she should think about because we have had enough of that.”

Cruz said among the vices, greed is the most consuming of all because greed never makes one satisfied.

“No matter what she or he has attained or accomplished, there is always something missing or something lacking,” he said.

Cruz said greed for power is worse because it cannot satisfy the most powerful person in the universe.

“You could be on top of the world, you could be in command of the universe and yet you still feel incomplete, you still feel depressed that you do not have more,” he said.

“I hope what I conclude is wrong but honest, for me to say that I see her stepping down by 2010, that would be lying for me.”

Cruz said stepping down from power for Mrs. Arroyo is not an option but an “enforcement.”

“Meaning to say, if ever on or before 2010 or after 2010 she steps down from power, it is because there is nothing else she can do and she’s made to step down by force,” he said.

“I think both are a pity. If she steps down on her own then all the cases, criminal and civil cases, will be filed against her and she’ll be drowned by these cases.”

Cruz said it is also not good to force Mrs. Arroyo to step down because the same cases would be filed against her.

“And more than that, I do not know where she will find herself,” he said.

“I am talking from a perspective which is not necessarily true but that is what I see.”

In Angeles City, Rep. Carmelo Lazatin said yesterday that Mrs. Arroyo would run for Congress in 2010 in case Charter change paves the way for a parliamentary form of government.

Lazatin, a close ally of Mrs. Arroyo, said that once the Constitution is changed and the government shifts to a parliamentary system, a plebiscite would be held together with the elections in May next year. –With Ding Cervantes


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