Bishop advises bangit to tender his courtesy resignation

June 8, 2010 7:11 pm 

MANILA, June 8 — An official of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) advised Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief Gen. Delfin Bangit to file his “courtesy resignation” for the good of the country.

CBCP Public Affairs Committee head Bishop Deogracias Iniguez said the AFP chief should follow the decision of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Jesus Verzosa, who is looking to vacate his position.

"I think that will be advantageous for the country sa dalawang posisyon na yun ay nagtutulungan sila… that will also have to be considered by him," he said.

The Caloocan prelate said that quitting would not be without honor and dignity as he claims since it would be a "courtesy" resignation.

Early this week, Bangit rejected the calls for him to resign after being bypassed by the Commission on Appointments.

Bangit had asked the incoming administration to treat the military "with honor and give us the dignity that we deserve," while describing the resignation call as an attempt to destroy the AFP.

Last Saturday, the Aquino camp called on the AFP head to quit prior to the exit of the Arroyo administration saying the president-apparent already has a choice for his replacement.

Bangit is being perceived by some groups as a loyalist of President Arroyo as he had served as the Chief Executive’s Presidential Security Group head. (PNA) LOR/FGP/utb

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