KARSA wants stop to 'political alms'
by Peter Balocnit
Tabuk City, Kalinga (6 February) -- Church members under the stewardship of the Kalinga-Apayao Religious Sector Association (KARSA) are urged to resist any form of cheating this coming election.
In its pastoral letter read to their members, KARSA called on all the Churches denominations and sects in the provinces of Kalinga and Apayao to make the 2010 national and local elections truly credible.
The nine KARSA church members that drafted the urgent call want its faithful to exercise this Christian responsibility by resisting any form of electioneering to preserve the sanctity of the ballot.
KARSA wants to put a stop on church representatives soliciting donations from politicians to advance personal, partisan and sectarian ends and reject candidates who attempts to buy votes through cash or in-kind.
"We get the money of those candidates who attempt to buy our votes but still let us vote according to our conscience. Let us give those candidates who think that they can buy people's souls a bitter lesson. Remember that your vote represents your soul," the letter reads.
This group of clergymen also wants their flock to reject trapo candidates or the so-called TOLEYAN (liars) who promise many things to do during their campaign but forget to fulfill them if elected into office.
The letter further asked electorates to reject candidates harboring goons. "Let us vote for people whom we believe to possess the proper qualifications, track records and moral integrity fit for leadership: Maka Tao, Maka Dios, Maka Kalikasan," the pastors appeal. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]