Bishops urge govt to sanction Llamas

Ronald Llamas, current Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs. Photo courtesy
Ronald Llamas, current Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs. Photo courtesy

MANILA (26-Jan-12) – Two Catholic bishops believed that Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Secretary Ronald Llamas should be sacked for setting bad example to the public.

Bishops Arturo Bastes of Sorsogon and Jose Oliveros of Malolos said this is to prove that the Aquino administration is not tolerating wrongful acts committed by its officials.

Llamas was spotted by a journalist buying P2,000 worth of pirated DVDs in a mall in Quezon City recently.

“This is not [the] first time that he was caught violating the law. President Aquino must sanction him,” Oliveros said.

Oliveros was referring to an incident in 2011 when authorities discovered a Czech-made CZ-858 Tactical semiautomatic assault rifle inside his car which had figured in a road accident in Quezon City.

Presidential Adviser Ronald Llamas spotted buying pirated DVD's. PHOTO BY DONA POLICAR/BANDERA

Llamas was abroad when the accident took place. He later admitted having licenses for the three handguns and two long firearms, but stressed he had strictly ordered his aides not to take the guns outside his house while he was abroad.

Authorities cleared Llamas of any criminal liability but charged his security escorts with illegal possession of firearms.

“His credibility is eroded and has become a negative factor to President Aquino’s administration,” said Bastes.

Aquino, however, reportedly said that Llamas’ case was not the priority of his government but on more pressing needs of the country. CBCPNews


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