From Lipa City , 4th National Pilgrimage to Lipa
WE have received the decision of the Sandiganbayan declaring the former President guilty of the crime of plunder.
We respect it as a human judgment by a human court tasked precisely to examine the case.
We regard it also as a call to repentance and a call for change or conversion affecting not only the person of President Estrada but also many others in our government. The one who will profit from the good fruit of such a decision or judgment is no less than the country itself which is known to have been suffering from all kinds of graft and corruption and plunder. It is a warning sign.
We pray for President Estrada that he may have the spiritual strength to face the new situation which is not beyond the reach of “divine mercy.”
Thousands of people have gathered here in Lipa City for their Fourth National Pilgrimage to pray to God for our country.
+ANGEL N. LAGDAMEO
Archbishop of Jaro
September 12, 2007