• Petitioned Bishop Jesse E. Mercado

This petition was delivered to:

Bishop, Diocese of Paranaque
Bishop Jesse E. Mercado
Oeconomo, Diocese of Paranaque
Fr. Gerry Mascarina
Council of the Laity
Doy Altea
Diocese of Paranaque
Anita Cruz
Council of the Laity
Ricky Presa

Call for Transparency and Accountability in the Diocese of Paranaque

    1. Tinigdop Laiko
    2. Petition by

      Tinigdop Laiko

      Parañaque, Philippines

Since investigative journalist Rappler.com published an article June 18, 2012 entitled, “Bishop accused of diverting millions,” heated controversy has surrounded the Diocese of Paranaque. The article alleges that Bishop Jesse E. Mercado has diverted multi-million donations for victims of typhoons and other calamities, in violation of Church law or Canon 1300 which states that “the intentions of the faithful who give or leave goods to pious causes…once lawfully accepted, are to be most carefully observed, even in the manner of the administration and the expending of the goods…”

The article further states that “even as donations for the intended beneficiaries do not reach them, the diocese is also not funding its social programs. Priests who persistently question how the finances are being handled are either put on a “floating” status, or arbitrarily replaced. Lay leaders who also sought transparency in the diocese’s finances are regarded as “dissenters,” and are slowly being eased out of the diocese’s affairs.”

The Bishop has responded to these allegations with a pastoral letter, DOP Circular No. 2012-034 dated June 20, 2012 that essentially denies all allegations.
However, the response is lacking as it does not provide clear documentation to prove that funds have indeed been given to those intended when intended. Because of this, concerned laity of Paranaque have written a letter to the Bishop requesting him to shed light on the questions raised in the Rappler report and to provide clear documentation in the form of official receipts and duly signed reports.

The letter was submitted to the Bishop’s office on June 26, requesting a response by July 3. No response has been received from the Bishop’s office. Does this mean he does not think the concerns of the laity are important?

If you care about our Diocese and would like to ensure that the church we serve and support is trustworthy and above reproach, we invite you to sign this petition to show our Bishop that we are serious in asking for transparency and accountability in this challenging time of purification.


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Watch GMA7 Imbestigador's exclusive feature on the Diocesan Controversy!

      Tinigdop Laiko
      Petition Organizer

      Last Sunday, GMA7 Imbestigador featured the controversy surrounding the Diocese of Paranaque. Some priests and lay leaders were interviewed giving their perspective of the situation. Bishop Oscar Cruz also shared some interesting inputs on Canon Law, and the penalties that may be imposed on erring bishops.

    3. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • about 2 years ago

      To bring back the dignity of Catholic Church.

      • about 2 years ago

      for the greater glory of God...

    • Isabel Jeanne Castillo PARANAQUE, PHILIPPINES
      • about 2 years ago

      I want to be believe that our church leaders are truly following Jesus' example. Giving access to the parish books is the best way for Bishop Jesse to prove his innocence. I can't imagine why he wouldn't want to do that.

    • heartro morella LAS PINAS CITY, PHILIPPINES
      • about 2 years ago

      the congregation must know the financial report of their higher superiors most especially their diocese

    • Nanette Generalao QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES
      • about 2 years ago

      for clarifacation


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