Priest uses Facebook to identify pols' dynasties

Posted at 10/30/2012 10:03 AM

MANILA, Philippines - A Catholic priest has launched a Facebook campaign against political dynasties ahead of the 2013 midterm elections.

Fr. Jun Mercado, a known peace advocate in Mindanao, said it is high time that voters show their commitment against dynasty in both national and local politics.

“If we don’t act, we mean we consent to dynastic rule in the country,” Mercado said in a CBCPNews report.

The Facebook campaign can be found in the priest’s fan page “Fr. Jun Mercado, OMI.”

In the page, Mercado identified 8 senatorial candidates with ties to political dynasties. They are Aurora Rep. Sonny Angara, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito, Nancy Binay, Margarita Cojuangco, Bam Aquino and Cynthia Villar.

The priest said the numbers of political dynasties is even more “shocking” in other regions, provinces, municipalities and including barangays.

He urged the public to make a list of political dynasties at the local level.

“There is no judgment whether they are good or bad… we simply identify who they are… We serve notice to them that we, the people or voters, would no longer tolerate political dynasty,” he said.

“We shall not wait anymore for Congress to legislate against political dynasty. We believe that Congress is the prime example of political dynasty. We need only to name them,” he added. With a report from CBCPNews