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Anti-graft activists also ’work for peace’
Priest calls corruption the principle cause of violence in the Philippines
- Rick R. Flores, Davao City
- January 26, 2011
â€śCorruption is violence and demoralizes the basic fibers of democracy,â€ť said Father Albert Alejo, who leads an anti-corruption drive dubbed Ehem!.
â€śThose who campaign against corruption are also the ones working for peace,â€ť Father Alejo told journalists this week at a forum to remember the â€śMaguindanao massacre.â€ť
At least 57 people, including 32 journalists, were murdered in Maguindanao province on Nov. 23, 2009 in what has been called the worst atrocity against journalists in history.
In fighting corruption, people should demand greater responsibility from the government, Father Alejo said. But â€śwe must also assert our citizenship by promoting greater change and reform,â€ť he added.
Abdulbasit Benito, executive director of the Bangsamoro Center for Just Peace, agreed with Father Alejo, saying that Muslims should also know that â€ścorruption kills.â€ť
â€śPublic service is a public trust and civil society organizations, especially those working in Maguindanao, are sometimes exploiting the situation,â€ť Benito said.
People should also demand â€śgreater honestyâ€ť from groups helping victims of conflict in Mindanao â€śbecause we donâ€™t know who their funds are going to,â€ť he added.
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