Done are the days when religion should be silent when it comes to the business of the state. Just this morning, I was suprised to see a statement from some Anglicans calling for the abolision of the pork barrel.

Here's a copy of the statement:


A JOINT EDS-EDNP CLERICUS STATEMENT CALLING FOR THE ABOLITION OF PRIORITY DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE FUND (PDAF)

(Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but those who are kind to the needy honor him. The wicked are overthrown by their evildoing, but the righteous find a refuge in their integrity.) 
-Proverbs 14:31-32


WE, the members of the clergy of The Episcopal Diocese of Santiago (EDS) and The Episcopal Diocese of Northern Philippines (EDNP) gathered today hereby affirm our belief in divine justice as reflected in our Anglican Communion’s Marks of Mission calling for the transformation of unjust structures in our society and to safeguard the integrity of creation.
With that, we are seriously disturbed by the information about the case of plundered “pork barrel” and misappropriated billions of pesos involving politicians and their mercenaries. Knowing the miserable economic situation of the congregations committed to our charge, such alarming case of corruption practically puts our people into a never ending cycle of manipulation, exploitation, abuse and poverty.

Resources are God’s bounty intended to be fairly shared for the welfare of everybody but never for the oppression of the weak and the powerless. Likewise, all power and authority emanate from God and those entrusted with it are held accountable to God. Failure to acknowledge where these come from breeds a never ending cycle of corruption and injustice.

Thus, it is our deepest conviction to join in solidarity with all other sectors of our society to call for the total abolition of Priority Development Assistance Fund P(DAF) or the so called “Pork Barrel” of senators and congressmen.

Done, this 11th day of September on the Joint Clericus meeting held at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Namillangan, Alfonso Lista, Ifugao.



For the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Philippines (EDNP):
THE RT. REV. BRENT HARRY W. ALAWAS THE REV. ASTERIO DALIS
THE REV. WILLIAM DUMANGHI THE REV. JOSE NGISLAWAN
THE REV. ALBERT SAPAEN THE REV. ALBINO FAG-AYAN
THE REV. LIOBA ACHAWON THE REV. CHARLESTON BUKING
THE REV. MATTHEW JOEY NAPAT-A, JR. THE REV. PRINCEL BALITOG
THE REV. ARCHIMEDES TURTEM THE REV. CYRIL SANTONG
THE REV. LEONCIO SAPIIL THE REV. THOMAS PALPAL
THE REV. MILAGROS ORDINARIO THE REV. JERRY SAGAYO
THE REV. PABLO BUYAGAN THE REV. BENNY LANG-AKAN
THE REV. ARVIN AMAYAG THE REV. JOHNNY AMBUCAY
DCN. PAUL COBCOBO DCN. FALEN BUGNOSEN
DCN. STEPHEN VM OFO-OB DCN. ELVIE TULINGAN
DCN. ANTHONY COFULAN DCN. LUZVIMINDA TOBE
DCN. KURT ALSIYAO DCN. LEO BASING-AT
DCN. WINSTON MENONG MR. GERALD AGWAY
MR. LAWIG NGAYA-AN MR. BENHUR FALISONG
MS. CHRISTINA FAGKAS



For the Episcopal Diocese of Santiago (EDS):
THE RT. REV. ALEXANDER A. WANDAG, SR. THE REV. WILLIAM CODPAYAS
THE REV. CONSTANCION ABBUGAO THE REV. CLARENCE OLAT
THE REV. MARCELO LINGGAYO THE REV. CHRISOLOGO BAGUIWAN
THE REV. NORMAN CATAY THE REV. JOEL LOY-ODAN
THE REV. SANTIAGO DAO-INES THE REV. SANCHO SANCHEZ OLIBAC
THE REV. NANCY GUINAYEN THE NAFELYNE T. GANGGANGAN
THE REV. ONTI TIGGANGAY THE REV. ERIC PALPAL
THE REV. NAPOLEON MANALAY, JR THE REV. JOHNY SARANGAY
THE REV. JEROME PALEYAN THE REV. RALPH DAMPO
THE REV. JONEPHER YAPES THE REV. MELCHOR MALINDAO
THE REV. MARCELO LINGGAYO THE REV. FRENZEL RAY PILUDEN
THE REV. BABY AUHRA G. DULAG
DCN. MARIANO MOYAEN DCN. VERDY FRANCES GAYMAN
DCN. HILBERT DULAG DCN. ARTHUR ANGELO