Those who fight for corruption also work for peace, says Filipino Jesuit priest

December 11, 2012 11:24 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 11 — A Filipino Jesuit priest said that corruption, in all aspects, was one of the main causes of conflict and that fighting corruption was a way of fighting for peace.

In response to the joint reading of the United Nations Convention Action Against Corruption (UNCAC) National Dialogue and Action Planning, Fr. Albert Alejo, SJ, stressed that all sectors whether private, academic, business, media or civil society organizations (CSOs) play roles not in just presenting the problem of corruption but offering solutions and being part of the solution.

He, along with other representatives from other sectors each delivered speeches in response to the UNCAC National Dialogue and Action Planning program held Tuesday at Diamond Hotel, Manila.

“Kakampi po ninyo kami sa laban na ito kahit umabot hanggang fifth of sixth or twelfth rematch,” he said, relating the fight against corruption to a bout of boxing.

“Corruption is violence. It hurts, it kills, it demolishes institutions, it drives away people to go abroad and find their destiny there,” Alejo said. “If corruption is violence, then those who work for corruption, work for peace.”

He added that people who fought for corruption, can even be considered as peacemakers because integrity, in greatest sense, is also peace.

“Corruption is already happening even in Sangguniang Kabataan, even in school election campaigns,” Alejo said. “Please partner the young people. Partnering the youth in anti-corruption should not be reduced to corruption prevention.”

Fr. Alejo added that the civil society was no different from the other sectors in reference to all kinds of dishonesty.

“We in the civil society are sometimes your partners in crime, we admit our guilt. Some NGOs (non-government organizations) are also corrupt. We cannot wash our hands, some religious institutions are also corrupt,” he said.

”We are all in the same boat and so let’s help each other,” he said. (PNA)

LAM/ANP

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