Key to ‘clean polls’ lies in family

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JARO, Iloilo City, May 10, 2016 – In the face of reports of widespread vote-buying and selling in this city, a priest said the key to integrity and honesty during elections lies in the family.

“Political conversion begins with the conversion of the family,” affirmed Msgr. Meliton Oso, archdiocesan coordinator of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) for Iloilo.

He recalled a lesson he received from his own father, who said “Never eat anything for which you did not sweat”.

Family, perfect training ground

The priest explained: “In this way, we learned the value of honesty and industriousness.”

Oso also lamented the weakening of the family as a central institution in society.

“…Considering the present weakening of the institution of the family, due mainly to the lack of preparation of couples for marriage, who can instill good values to the children?” asked the priest.

According to the priest, many families have instead become breeding grounds for the worst in the Filipino.

‘Regrettable behavior’

“Sadly, in the political arena, the family, instead of being a school of selfless love and service, has turned into a training ground for corruption, as the unscrupulous practices of the parents are passed on to the children,” said Oso, noting the bane of political dynasties that continues to plague national and local politics.

For the Social Action Center Director of Jaro, the “regrettable conduct” of vote buyers and vote sellers in the 2016 elections should serve as an eye-opener to the Church in the Philippines to renew its commitment to proclaiming the Gospel starting with the family.

“If we only take more seriously what the Holy Father is teaching us,” said Oso as he underscored the significance of Pope Francis’ recent Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation “Amoris Laetitia” as a key document that could bring about renewal not only in the family but also in the Church and in politics. (Fr. Mickey Cardenas / CBCP News)

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