In Japanese and Korean cultures, where the sense of honor and shame is strong, President Aquino would have resigned following the Supreme Court ruling on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) that he and his budget secretary, Florencio Abad, invented.
The resignation of Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon shows there are still government leaders in our country who understand and live out the true meaning of the word “delicadeza.”
Customs Commissioner Rozzano Rufino Biazon is resigning his high-profile office by day’s end tomorrow. It is a good decision; if he had not tendered his “irrevocable resignation” in a meeting with President Aquino on Monday, he would have been forced out of the Bureau of Customs by both internal political pressure and public opinion. Indeed, [...]
By Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas S. J.
There is so much being written about the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. The most basic question asked is whether a pope may resign. There is now no dispute about the legal possibility of a resignation. Canon Law is very clear: “If it should happen that the Roman Pontiff resigns his office, it is required that he make his resignation freely, and that it be duly manifested, but not that it be accepted by anyone.”
At around midnight, Manila time, Pope Benedict XVI will leave the Vatican grounds by helicopter; about three hours after that, he will become the first pontiff to resign the papacy in six centuries, and the seat of St. Peter will be declared vacant. Who will be chosen to take that seat will help determine whether the challenges that currently confront the Catholic Church will be met with clarity and resolve, or will continue to undermine the rock on which the Catholic faith rests.