Youth join other sectors in protest march vs ‘pork’

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MANILA, Sept. 12, 2013—Adding their voices to the clamor for the abolition of the pork barrel, Catholic and protestant youth are set to join the public to a protest march in Luneta on September 13. 

Fr. Conegundo Garganta, executive secretary of the CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY) said that the pork barrel scam has awakened the consciousness of the Filipino people on how entrenched the scourge of corruption is in the country’s political system. 

“The good thing is, the people, especially the youth have not given up hope. Many of us are still up to finding an answer, to cure the malady that weakens our system and government. We still believe that by coming together and offer dialogue as a way to discover solutions—peace will reign soon,” Garganta added. 

Meanwhile, the Kalipunan ng Kristiyanong Kabataan sa Pilipinas (KKKP) encouraged all Protestant youth to add their voices to the aspiration for greater transparency and accountability. 

“It has come to a time where the generation of today takes a role of active witnessing in the realization of a society that is just and humane. We will be bearers of good news by denouncing the systems and structures that breeds and perpetuates corruption adding up to the misery and desecration to human life and dignity of the majority poor. We shall be bearers of good news as we take active stand for truth, transparency, accountability and genuine change”, said Ismael Fisco Jr., chairperson of KKKP. 

CBCP-ECY together with KKKP supports the Forward March on September 13 at Luneta. 

Youth commissions and ministries of parishes, schools and communities in Metro Manila and nearby provinces were also encouraged to participate. 

The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) also enjoined its member schools to participate in the interfaith service and cultural program of tomorrow’s event. 

Religious groups under the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP) will converge in San Agustin Church, Intramuros, Manila for a mass at 2pm. 

After the mass, AMRSP and other churchgoers will march in procession to join the interfaith service in Luneta where members of the Protestant Churches will also attend. (Jandel Posion)

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