CBCP wants end to 'immoral' pork barrel system
MANILA – Catholic bishops aired their sentiments on the pork barrel controversy on Thursday, saying it will be “immoral” to continue the practice of the pork barrel system.
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) called for the abolition of the pork barrel, which it described as a “fertile ground for graft and corruption.”
“Promoting the politics of patronage, it is contrary to the principles of stewardship, transparency and accountability. It is immoral to continue this practice,” the CBCP said in a statement.
While denouncing the pork barrel, the CBCP said the public should also be blamed for the “worsening social cancer.”
“We are not just victims of a corrupt system. We have all, in one way or another, contributed to this worsening social cancer-through our indifferent silence or through our cooperation when we were benefiting from the sweet cake of graft and corruption,” it said.
The CBCP also noted that apart from being a constitutional issue or a legal concern, the pork barrel scam has also violated God’s commandments.
"Our protests should not just emanate from the bad feeling that we have been personally or communally transgressed, violated or duped. It should come rather from the realization that God has been offended and we have become less holy as a people because of this,” the CBCP said.
“Government corruption is an act of terrorism against our poor and our children,” it added.
The Catholic bishops also urged pastors to educate the public in becoming good citizens and called on Filipinos to be vigilant in finding out the truth behind the alleged scam.
“We cannot be good Christians if we are not good citizens, and good citizenship in a democracy calls for participation and vigilance. This we do not only during elections but all the time. It is but right that citizens demand accountability and transparency,” the CBCP said.