Yesterday, a supporter of One Voice received a text message broadcasted by Sec. Ric Saludo that stated:
“Cardinal Vidal denies signing One Voice manifesto as claimed by Monsod in Inquirer June 30, p. A19. Let’s denounce One Voice deception and sacrilege.”
A second SMS from the same Palace official stated that “Per interview with Bobby Nalzaro, GMA Super Radio, in Cebu today 2pm, Cardinal Vidal Spokesperson Msgr. Dacay denied that the Cardinal signed or supported the One Voice manifesto. Dacay told Bobby that the Cardinal got the manifesto in May but didnt sign. RPN9 has also reported that Vidal didn’t sign.
In today’s column of Carmen N. Pedrosa (member, Consultative Commission) in Philippine Star, she wrote:
“Breaking News: Monsignor Dacay, speaking on behalf of Cardinal Vidal during an interview with Bobby Nazario, GMA Super Radio, Cebu City yesterday afternoon said the cardinal did not sign or support the manifesto of the One Voice movement.”
Before this issue is blown up out of proportion, driven by efforts to undermine the credibility of One Voice, Christian Monsod issued the following statement:
I personally met with His Eminence Cardinal Vidal on June 26 at a residence in Wack-Wack subdivision regarding One Voice, during which time the Cardinal gave his express permission for us to announce that he had joined One Voice.
I understand that Cardinal Vidal will make a statement on our conversation when he comes back on July 14.
The permission on June 26 confirmed an earlier text I received on June 21 from Fr. Melo Diola, of Barug Pilipino in Cebu, that the Cardinal told him he signed the statement of One Voice.
As to the matter of an unsigned form that is in the possession of Msgr. Dacay, I think that is a matter between him and the Cardinal. Perhaps Msgr. Dacay was not privy to the conversation between the Cardinal and Fr. Diola or to my meeting with the Cardinal.