MANILA, June 11, 2014—In effort to rid the country of the anomaly of political dynasties, “Ang Kapatiran” Party (AKP) launched an online campaign recently petitioning the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) to rally behind its call for a people’s initiative against this political “favouritism”.
‘Root problem of corruption’
The party’s manifesto, posted on the activism site Change.org, reads, “Without the courageous support of all members of the CBCP, through whom the laity across the nation may be informed and actively mobilized to participate, it would be extremely difficult to see this campaign succeed.”
AKP lamented that political dynasties continue to thrive in the Philippine political arena despite the present constitution’s clear stand against the “system”.
In a statement on its official website, AKP called political dynasties the “root problem of all the corruption in government,” lamenting the fact that every Congress since 1987 has failed to pass an Anti-Dynasty bill.
Church and social justice
The petition adds, “On the matter of support, we find it crucial for us Christians to act not in token and inadequate manner but with singular competence and integrity.”
AKP reminded the Filipino bishops of the Church’s important role in the fight for social justice, as described by Pope Francis.
According to the Argentine pontiff, “As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved…by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter, to any problems.”
AKP stressed, “ A collective action of the Church (laity with the clergy and religious) to enact a national legislation prohibiting political dynasty through people’s initiative is clearly, in the words of Pope Francis, attacking structural causes of inequality.” (Raymond A. Sebastián)