Official Statement of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cubao

“The Truth Will Set You Free”
(John 8:32)

In the light of the recent allegations against Bishops and some priests including our very own Bishop Honesto Ongtioco and Fr. Robert Reyes, we, the clergy, the religious, and the lay faithful of the Diocese of Cubao, express our full support for our Church leaders, recognizing their vital role as shepherds and prophets who are called to proclaim what is true and just.

Any form of falsehood and attempt to malign the good reputation of others to advance personal interests is contrary to what our faith teaches. The eighth commandment is clear- “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” The Church will always stand by the truth, no matter how unpopular it may be. It is the mandate of our Lord Jesus Christ, who Himself is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

We pray that truth may triumph over falsehood. We pray for courage and strength for people who are afraid to speak the truth amidst threats to their lives. We continue to strive to be good citizens of our country by remaining faithful to the Gospel values of justice and peace. Let the words of Jesus assure us: “Nothing is concealed that won’t be made known and brought to light.” (Luke 8:17) In all things, let our lives always point to the Truth who is Jesus who alone can set us free.

July 26, 2019