Covenant Signing against ‘Trapocracy’

Cast out the evils of ‘trapocracy’, lead the voters not unto temptation – church alliance implore candidates

9 April 2012 (DLSU-Dasma, Cavite)

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle lead the signing of election covenant between voters and candidates in Cavite today hoping to cast out the evils of trapocracy.

Cavite People’s Advocacy for Good Governance or CPAGG host a prayer and recollection for the political candidates and sectoral representatives in the province at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel in De La Salle University-Dasmariñas in Dasmariñas City.

‘Trapocracy’ was a term coined denoting the rule of traditional politics as one of the ills afflicting Philippine democracy.

“It saddens the Christian community that most politicians lead voters into temptation thru divide and rule tactics, thus our theme “Listening to the Voice of the Holy Spirit That We May Be One” aims to unite the Caviteños,” said Sr. Marilena Narvaez of Bahay Lingkod Community Center in Dasmariñas City and one of CPAGG’s main convener.

“Signing a covenant for a peaceful, honest and credible election may not be an assurance that the dominant type of politics will crumble in an instant but it opens up greater opportunities for the people to actively participate in governance, which is the essence of democracy,” the group said in a statement.

“Political personages and parties were called upon by the people of God to follow Christ’s example of sacrifice and humility,” according to CPAGG. “They must be humble enough to recognize that for them to serve their constituency; they must rely upon the wisdom and collective strength of the homeless and the sick, the unlettered and downtrodden, and the dejected tenants and farm-laborers and workers. They must feel how it is to become an orphan of our own government,” the statement elaborated.

Vox populi, vox Dei Sectoral 

groups participated in the covenant signing want more. “They must walk with God and with the people. We challenge candidates courting Caviteño voters to prove their sincerity by listening and responding to the clamor of different sectors in the province for social justice,” said Gabriela, a member-organization of CPAGG.

“Don’t play ‘Simeon says!’ reminds a representative from a farmer’s group, referring to the statement issued by CPAGG last week on Aquino’s quipping in Cavite. It’s a classic “but wait, there’s more!” infomercial byline that President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino’s campaign speech in Dasmariñas City on Thursday sounded like.

“The President, and consequently, Liberal Party’s most rabid henchman underestimated Caviteno voters by brandishing ‘nearly completed’ projects just to convince us that his pet-candidates’ victory in the coming polls would guarantee a shower of graces from the national government,” said Kalipunan ng mga Magsasaka sa Kabite (Kamagsasaka-Ka).

First on the list was the P860-million six-kilometer tourist road connecting Cavite to the resort corridor of Nasugbu town in western Batangas. Also, from his catalog of “development projects” for the province were the LRT Line 1 Extension from Baclaran to Bacoor and the Cavite-Laguna Expressway.

“Development projects such as those flaunted by Aquino have always been a bane to farmers and the rural poor. They don’t count as reform. More precisely, we consider them as a pogrom,” said Loida Hernandez, leader of Kamagsasaka-Ka.

“To enact and implement genuine land reform will always be on the fore of our demands to aspiring leaders,” the peasant leader said further. She, however, retorts “But we won’t stop and wait for these leaders to act on our behalf. We are determined to succeed. If they would abandon us, they have not only betrayed the people, they have turned their backs on this covenant with God.

At least 500 participants attended the recollection and covenant signing mostly coming from sectoral groups in the province and church people from the Diocese of Imus. Incumbent governor Juanito Victor “Jonvic” Remulla Jr & Ramon “Jolo” Revilla III who are running for governor and vice-governor, respectively, also attend. Other candidates joined the occasion were Lani Mercado-Revilla and siblings Jesus Crispin “Boying” and Gilbert Remulla. ###

***Photos by KL Tendero



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