With only a year to go before the 2016 polls, he said many traders would attempt to buy influence with political contributions.
“Please don’t tell me it is altruistic. It is giving so I could get something in return,” Tagle said. “In fact, some give and the giving violate the dignity of the recipient.”
The cardinal made the statement at the annual business forum on corruption of the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals (BCBP) on May 2 in Pasay City.
In his talk “Rallying Christians toward morally upright inclusive growth,” Tagle reminded business leaders to prioritize human dignity.
“The ethics of looking at others not in a condescending manner (but) seeing in others a neighbor, brother and sister, not simply as a client, not simply as a beggar who clings to my benevolence,” he said.
Tagle also called on the businessmen to include the poor Filipinos in their growth and development plan.
He also said that businessmen should initiate “person to person encounter” with the marginalized sector “and realized they are just like us with feelings, dreams and heartaches but with a lot of goodness.”
“It’s not just a matter of giving them something but also learning from them. They possess wisdom that could make the country and our businesses grow,” the cardinal said.
“If they are not included and not heard, I don’t know what type of growth and for whom that growth is being proposed,” he also said.
Tagle added: “Let not inclusive growth be a lofty idea. We are talking about human beings. It is human encounters that we get human insights from inclusive growth.” (CBCPNews)