MANILA, July 22, 2015—Before there were only three G’s honest citizens feared most during election season—the proverbial “guns, goons, and gold”—but the head of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) has expressed lament that another G needs to be recognized as part of these G’s: greed.
3 becomes 4
“Looking back, there used be only three G’s making their presence felt come election time. It is sad that now we have four. You know what the fourth G is? It’s greed,” shared PPCRV Chair Henrietta “Tita” T. de Villa in an interview in Filipino.
“For the past 34 years we at PPCRV have never failed to monitor elections. We have witnessed the vote counting system switching from manual to automated. But one thing remains, and in fact, is getting worse and worse: the buying and selling of votes,” added the former Philippine ambassador to the Holy See.
Buying, selling votes
In an effort to help end this “culture of vote trade” as well as to lessen the probability of “greedy politicians” getting elected into office, De Villa stressed PPCRV will continue to do its part in educating Filipino voters on the responsible and intelligent exercise of their electoral privilege.
“We have bring to the attention of people that this [election culture] has to stop,” she explained.
In line with this, De Villa urged Filipinos to elect only people who possess what she calls three K’s which stand for “karakter, kakayahan, katapatan” (character, competence, integrity) to ensure that the Philippines will have its first “CHAMP Election” in May next year.
According to her, “CHAMP” election is short for the “clean, honest, accurate, meaningful, and peaceful election” the Church-backed, volunteer-run, non-partisan poll watchdog aspires to.
“We want a CHAMP election, because it is an election that has Christ at its center … The Lord should be our only champion during election,” she said.
Citing Micah 6:8, De Villa added. “You have been told, O mortal, what is good, and what the Lord requires of you: Only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.” (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)