Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Archbishop Socrates Villegas on Saturday urged people not to consider adultery as "normal" following the admission of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez that he had relationships with women other than his wife.
"No one is exempted from the 6th Commandment, which is adultery. So whether you are a teenager or an 80-year-old lola, no one is exempt," Villegas said when asked about the rift between Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Davao del Norte Rep. Antonio Floirendo Jr.
"We should not consider this as normal," the CBCP president stressed.
The rift between the two Davao congressmen allegedly stemmed from a quarrel between their other women.
The House speaker's relationships out of wedlock came to light after he filed a graft complaint against Floirendo, over his links to the Tagum Agricultural Development Company, Inc. (TADECO) — one of the largest banana plantations in the world — and the Anflo Management and Investment Corporation (ANFLOCOR).
In a phone interview with reporters on Thursday, Alvarez admitted that he has a relationship with another woman apart from his second wife. He had also admitted to having children from other women.
Gabriela party-list said that it is consulting with its legal team for a possible ethics case against the House speaker.
There are also suggested the filing of a disbarment case against Alvarez, which he had dismissed.
The Integrated Bar of the Philippines, meanwhile, had reminded that lawyers "shall always maintain the highest standards of morality, behavior and professionalism among its members."
Malacañang said that it sees no need to interfere in the ongoing "personal" spat between Alvarez and Floirendo, who are both allies of President Rodrigo Duterte.
However, it defended the criticisms for allegedly "turning a blind eye" to its allies' affairs while denouncing staunch critic Sen. Leila de Lima's relationship with her former driver-bodygurad.
"It's not a question of being double standard... the fact remains that the relationship of the senator (De Lima) has something to do with the crimes in which she is accused of," Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said.
Source: GMA News