‘Corruption co-exists with political dynasties’ – priest

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CBCP-NASSA executive director Fr. Edu Gariguez gets a warm handshake of gratitude from Palo Archbishop John Du for gracing the culmination of the Alay Kapwa fund campaign of the super typhoon Yolanda-stricken Archdiocese of Palo, Aug. 15, 2015, Palo, Leyte. (Photo: Eileen Nazareno-Ballesteros)

PALO, Leyte, Aug. 16, 2015 – “Corruption persists because [political dynasties] are not removed from power.”

This is what CBCP-National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA) executive director Edu Gariguez commented in answer to the issue of political dynasties prevailing in the country’s political system.

In an exclusive interview, Gariguez underscored the need for the electorate not to choose from candidates who always get elected, especially those belonging to the same clan, although the Church does not endorse any candidate for the synchronized national and local elections next year.

Integrity, motivation to serve

“The Church constantly appeals against political dynasties,” the priest said, stressing further the continued call to the public to choose candidates who deserve to lead because of his integrity and genuine motivation to serve.

“The problem is some are running with varied motivations and once in position they use it for their personal advantage,” Gariguez noted.

He likewise reminded the people to select beyond popularity, using the same principle the church uses, that is to see, judge, then act.

“We should also contemplate that it is not the one who has given even a little during election time who should get our votes if that is our standard in voting, because even the smallest given will be taken back from us and this is the reason for them to [be] corrupt,” Gariguez said.

CHAMP elections

In a similar vein, President Benigno Aquino III in his final state-of-the-nation address talked against political dynasty.

“We cannot be assured if the intention of those who will succeed is pure or if they only intend to keep on ruling for their personal interest. It is time to pass an Anti-Dynasty Law,” said Aquino in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) last month.

The Archdiocese of Palo has yet to intensify the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting drive for honest, orderly, peaceful, and clean elections next year. (Eileen Nazareno-Ballesteros / CBCP News)

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