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KARSA condemns so-called religious groups asking political alms from candidates

by Peter A. Balocnit

Tabuk City, Kalinga (29 May) -- The Kalinga and Apayao Religious Sector Association (KARSA) is condemning church leaders who supported certain politicians allegedly in exchange of money during the May 10 automated election.

In letter issued recently by its Chairman Fr. Louis Ao-as, the KARSA which is a fellowship of nine church denominations, unanimously condemned those individual groups of religious personalities who allegedly received thousands of money from politicians and party list groups.

"Let it be known that as church people in the KARSA, we do not condone such demonic acts done by some religious personalities and the candidates," the letter stated adding that their actions destroyed the fabric and moral foundation of society.

Without identifying, the KARSA alleged that these few individuals who claimed to be pastors openly aligned themselves with some of the politicians with a promise they can mobilize their own members to vote for them.

"They themselves (partisan pastors) spearheaded campaign sorties and some of them personally distributed money in exchange of votes," the letter stated. "This is a clear picture of abuse to their chosen ministry and a betrayal to their own flock. They themselves led their people to the road of perdition instead of leading them to the narrow gate of heaven," punched KARSA.

Likewise, KARSA also condemned to the strongest terms politicians who are blinded by self-interest to win by hook or by crook. "The May 10, 2010 election gave us the worst picture of our leaders who openly buy votes in broad day light," KARSA alleged.

"Let those who do not listen to the inner voice of their conscience know that God will require them to pay for their crimes against the law of the land," the KARSA letter stated. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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