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KARSA sees action in church-military partnership

by Peter Balocnit

Tabuk, Kalinga (17 October) -- Pushing a paradigm shift from mass sermons and solemn prayers of church ministers and the rhetorical reporting of the military to action, Reverend Luis Ao-as, Chairman of the influential Kalinga and Apayao Religious Sector Association (KARSA) challenged both groups to put words into action.

Defying silence and urging for a pro-active posturing of both sectors, Fr. Ao-as distinguished from the former the popular motto: "Action speaks louder than words" to demonstrate how the newly created Church-Military Advisory Group (CMAG) should work as partners.

He said the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) formalized the partnership of the church and the military and should push us to unite on efforts in seeking lasting solutions for peace problems besetting the nation. "We are of the same feather, flocking together, that of working for one purpose - for peace and development", he added.

On the other hand, Bishop Prudencio Andaya Jr. of the Apostolic Vicar of Tabuk said peace is really elusive here in the region. "The mission we are in now through the MOU we forged and the CMAG formed is our corporate personality to represent righteousness, much so a weapon to fight evil", he said.

He told their military partner that they can easily thresh out their differences and undertake joint activities since both groups have similarities. "We are both citizens of the Philippines and non-partisan, therefore, our group through the CMAG can be a servant to rely on as far as service to the people is concerned", the Catholic bishop said.

Bishop Andaya called on the military to refresh on their dark past and asked their partner to utilize the partnership in building a new image for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). "As we work together provide service for the people, we can likewise instill in their minds that the military is our friend", he said. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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