A Catholic church leader joined the growing clamor calling out Budget Secretary Butch Abad, urging him to resign after he was tagged by Janet Lim-Napoles as her mentor into what would be the infamous P10 billion pork barrel scam.
Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani made the call after Abad’s name also appeared in the digital files of whistleblower Benhur Luy, a former Napoles employee.
“Abad must resign from his post if he is not involved in the scam to clear his name,” Bacani said in an interview over the Church-owned Radio Veritas.
According to the church leader, he sees nothing in conspiracy of Abad’s inclusion in the list because the camps of Luy and Napoles are not in good terms.
He also slammed the ‘nepotism’ in the government after it was revealed that Abad has 10 relatives working in the government, two of them working for President Aquino.
“That’s like having a dynasty in the Executive branch. That’s not good. The image that comes to mind is one with tentacles. I would advice Abad to resign, show that he is not greedy for the position. After all, somebody can take his place,” Bacani said.
“Abad should step down, even though the investigation is still pending. Both Napoles and Luy included him in their lists, so I don’t think there was a conspiracy among the two,” the bishop added.
He said it was the time that the government restored the trust of the public in the government.
However, despite all the calls, Malacañang stood with Abad, saying there is nothing wrong even if there are ‘11 Abads’ working in the government.