One of The "Pajero" Bishops: Did the Pope make a mistake?"The PCSO revealed that some Bishops, myself included, received SUVs for purposes related to the social action apostolate.
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In 2008 I, indeed, wrote a request to the PCSO for a vehicle to be used by our Social Action program, especially for our Community Based Health Program. We also wanted to use the vehicle for our training team to give seminars for community organizing at the grassroots, capacity building, training of Indigenous Peoples' leaders, as well as to bring sick people to hospitals when necessary. The request was granted." Cardinal Quevedo
“It hurts me when I see a priest or a nun with the latest model car, you can't do this. A car is necessary to do a lot of work, but please, choose a more humble one…If you like the fancy one, just think about how many children are dying of hunger in the world.”Pope Francis
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Date Age Event Title
11 Mar 1939 74.84 Born Laoag
5 Jun 1964 25.2 Ordained Priest Priest of Oblates of Mary Immaculate
23 Jul 1980 41.4 Appointed Prelate of Kidapawan, Philippines
28 Oct 1980 41.6 Ordained Bishop Prelate of Kidapawan, Philippines
15 Nov 1982 43.7 Appointed Bishop of Kidapawan, Philippines
22 Mar 1986 47.0 Appointed Archbishop of Nueva Segovia, Philippines
30 May 1998 59.2 Appointed Archbishop of Cotabato, Philippines
One of the "Pajero"BishopsStatement of Archbishop Orlando Quevedo On PCSO Donations for Social Action
July 1, 2011 at 4:09pm
Statement on PCSO Donations for Social Action
I wish to reiterate my declaration that I have never requested or received from PCSO any vehicle for my personal use, whether a Pajero or SUV or any other vehicle. This declaration refers to the PCSO allegation that 7 Bishops received Pajeros from PCSO for their personal use.
Yesterday the attack on Bishops changed course: from 7 Pajeros for personal use to vehicles for other purposes. The PCSO revealed that some Bishops, myself included, received SUVs for purposes related to the social action apostolate.
In 2008 I, indeed, wrote a request to the PCSO for a vehicle to be used by our Social Action program, especially for our Community Based Health Program. We also wanted to use the vehicle for our training team to give seminars for community organizing at the grassroots, capacity building, training of Indigenous Peoples' leaders, as well as to bring sick people to hospitals when necessary. The request was granted.
This practice of asking for PCSO assistance for social action is not unusual. Since the time of President Cory Aquino up to the present, hundreds of church-related organizations have been granted assistance by PCSO to do social service, human development, poverty alleviation in line with the objectives both of the PCSO and also of social action in general. It is well known that such assistance crossed religious barriers and differences and was not limited to organizations within the Catholic Church. Dioceses, church-related edcuational institutions, religious congregations of men and women did not hesistate to ask for help to do medical missions, initiate livelihood projects, form and promote cooperatives, do capacity building of people at the grassroots. Cardinal Sin himself in defense of PCSO assistance given to him for his projects for the poor reportedly stated that he would even accept money from the devil in order to help the poor. I myself would not hesitate to ask for PCSO assistance for a very poor individual who needs a costly medical operation but cannot afford it.
Some ten years ago the Bishops in plenary assembly made a collective decision not to solicit or accept donations from legal and illegal gambling. Such a decision was not universally followed.
The needs of the poor in the minds of many people in the Church, Bishops included, simply transcended such a decision. After all, the Bishops also knew that gambling is not immoral per se. It becomes immoral because of circumstances. This is why no Episcopal Conference outside the Philippines has addressed the issue of gambling as a pastoral problem in the way Philippine Bishops did. One of the reasons that Philippine Bishops cited regarding the immorality of gambling arose out of the cultural situation. To solicit and accept donations from legal and illegal gambling would be tantamount to promoting a cultural tendency to gamble.
Therefore, in the light of the above situation, to selectively bash the Bishops for soliciting and accepting donations from the PCSO for activities designed to help the poor is clearly unfair and unjust. From the time of President Cory Aquino to that of President Macapagal Arroyo PCSO has approved donations for social action for hundreds of church groups as consonant with PCSO objectives as well as a necessity to help meet the enormous needs of the poor.
Orlando B. Quevedo, O.M.I.
Archbishop of Cotabato
Filipinos protest against the Bishops that allegedly accepted money and luxury cars from former president Macapagal-Arroyo in exchange for support.
CBCP promises Pope: No more 'Pajero bishops'
From ABS-CBN News
MANILA - Church leaders on Monday welcomed Pope Francis’ call to be simple and humble by ditching flashy cars.
Incoming Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said church leaders only accept things that are for the benefit of lay people.
“Kami ay nabubuhay para sa kapakanan ng ibang tao, kaya wala kami gagamitin na para sa aming sariling ginhawa sapagkat nung kami naging pari, niyakap na namin ang buhay ng sakripisyo. Kasama na rito ang hindi pag-aasawa, iwanan ang aming pamilya at iba pang sakripisyo (We entered the priesthood knowing that we will sacrifice a lot),” he said on the sidelines of the plenary assembly of the CBCP in Manila.
Pope Francis gave another glimpse of his leadership style by saying it pained him to see priests driving expensive cars.
“It hurts me when I see a priest or a nun with the latest model car, you can't do this,” he said. “A car is necessary to do a lot of work, but please, choose a more humble one…If you like the fancy one, just think about how many children are dying of hunger in the world.”
During the Arroyo administration, several leaders of the Catholic church in the Philippines were criticized for asking money from the government so they could buy SUVs.
Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) chairperson Margarita Juico alleged former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo used state lottery funds to get support from church leaders.
Some admitted to having expensive cars, saying they used these vehicles to o go to far-flung areas. They were tagged later as the so-called “Pajero bishops”.
There has not been any update on the case, even after the Senate launched an investigation into the matter.
Some alleged, however, that several bishops still live in luxury.
Villegas said: “One of the principles we should follow is that we should not expose wounds without binding them. It’s like taking pictures of victims instead of rushing them to the emergency room. Make sure that if you expose the wounds of others, make sure that you have done something to bind them…so that the wounds become signs of hopes, signs of wellness in the future.”