Archbishop Villegas to public: Seeking help from legislators promotes corruption

July 30, 2013 11:35 am 

MANILA, July 28 — An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines urged the public to stop asking monetary help from legislators as it only promotes corruption.

“We tempt the public officials to get money from jueteng or the pork barrel in order to accommodate us. Walang hihingi,” said CBCP vice president Archbishop Socrates Villegas in a Pastoral letter on Pork Barrel released on Monday.

He added, “In reality, we ordinary citizens partake of the bounty of the “discretionary funds” by asking our government officials to help our personal needs, family concerns, barangay projects or even Church fiestas.

"Let us make it our rule of life when we relate to politicians 'Walang hihingi!' Every time we ask our politicians for monetary help, we tempt them to dig into the pork barrel coffers or jueteng chests to accommodate our request.”

He noted it is not only the people who push elected officials to commit illegal acts but also the members of the Church.

“Church-based organizations and institutions must make it our mantra, in relation to politicians, 'Walang hihingi!' We in Church can contribute to the corruption by grabbing a piece of the pie through our solicitations from government officials—from candles to basketball uniforms to bags of cement to government bulldozers,” the Lingayen-Dagupan prelate added.

With this, he urged the officials of the Church to be transparent in all its dealings.(PNA)

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