Archbishop Cruz slams Alvarez: “He is playing God”

  • Archbishop Cruz slammed Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez for supposedly ‘playing God’
  • Cruz said the ‘Thou shall not kill’ commandment does not impose any condition
  • The prelate also lamented the prevailing ‘political motives’ in pushing for the death penalty bill

MANILA, Philippines – The word war between the Catholic bishops and some government officials continues; this time it’s between CBCP President at Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop emeritus Oscar Cruz and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

Earlier, Alvarez chided the Catholic Church for criticizing the Duterte administration’s war on drugs and called the prelates “bunch of shameless hypocrites”.

Cruz hit back by warning the so-called enemies of the church against waging war, saying those who chose to oppose the religious institution are stand to lose.

On Thursday, Cruz fired back again at Alvarez for threatening Lower House members that they will be stripped of their position if they will oppose the death penalty bill which the Duterte administration is bent on reinstating.

“Unang – una, he is playing God. Para bang siya ang may utos ng huwag kang papatay at siya rin ang magsasabi kung sino ang papatayin mo o hindi”,” said Cruz in an interview with Radyo Veritas.

[First, he is playing God. He’s acting as if the ‘thou shall not kill’ order came from him and that he has the power to say who ends up dead and who doesn’t.]

“Ikalawa, yung utos na ‘Thou shall not kill,’ walang nakalagay dun na ‘except’ or ‘provided’ or ‘until’ basta ‘Thou shall not kill,” the former CBCP official added.

[Second, the ‘Thou shall not kill’ commandment does not mention anything about ‘except’ or ‘provided’ or ‘until’, it simply said ‘Thou shall not kill’.]

Prevailing political motives

Cruz also had misgivings on the prevailing ‘political motives’ in pushing for the return of the death penalty in the country’s penal system.

“The boss of Congress is acting purely on political motives,” Cruz said. “Meaning to say kung ano ang sinabi ng boss ay siyang gagawin, nakakahiya, nakakasama ng kalooban. Kahit na masama o mabuti yung boss mo diyan sa gobyerno ay siyang susundin mo?”

[Meaning to say whatever the boss said should be obeyed, this is shameless, disappointing. So even if the boss in government is good or evil, you have to follow him?]

Alvarez has been criticized for ‘twisting the arm’ of his colleagues and asserting his power over the issue of the controversial death penalty bill.

Former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, one of those who opposed the bill and under whose term in Malacañang the law was abolished, has been threatened to be stripped of her post as House deputy speaker because of her stand.