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Cagayan de Oro Marched a Peaceful Rally Against ‘Pork Barrel’

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This day, August 27, 2013, the nation has spoken, “no to pork barrel.”

National Heroes Day– the entire nation has marched to end-up the tainted pork barrel system. Manila kicked off by 9:00 am and it was reported that they had a peaceful rally. Here in Cagayan de Oro, by 2:00 pm at Gaston Park Cagayan de Oro, the entire Archdiocese of Cagayan marched to protest against the controversial “pork barrel.” Gaston Park is just some few steps away from the St. Augustine Cathedral.

The Sacramentinos, the SSS-Cagayan de Oro Community, have participated in the nationwide rally. It was a peaceful protest against the existing corruption that lurks within the system of our national government.  With the legislators and 10 billion amount of PDAF money involved, the controversy stirred the poor taxpaying masses to rise up and to demand for an explanation and eventually, changes for the better.

In Santuario Eucaristico, with the recommendation of Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, DD, Rev. Fr. Joel Lasutaz, SSS encouraged the active participation of our parish to the said protest-rally. Santuario Eucaristico’s Youth Ministry and Life in the Eucharist Seminar Team (LITES)with Fr. Kenny Joe Parlingayan and Br. Dennis Marquez, both SSS, were there to show their support.

“With the money involved, many infrastructures—such as schools and hospitals could be built. Many will benefit from it, most specially, our poor brothers and sisters.” Fr. Kenny, SSS, shared to me in our open conversation while having our dinner in the Santuario Eucaristico’s refectory.

Fr. Joel, SSS, on his reflection, “here, what is more important is: we were all morally awakened and we all desire for changes politically.”

The Nuestra Señora Virgen Del Rosario (NSVDR) Parish was also in the rally. They were with Rev. Fr. Arnel Martinez, SSS, their parish administrator. The NSVDR caravan included the parish’s : Legion of Mary, Catechists, and Knights of Columbus. Rev. Fr. Arnel, SSS emphasized, “What we condemn is the corruption… we will remain compassionate to the people involved. I pray that this will serve as an eye-opener for all of us in terms of how we vote.”

The rally was participated by the different sectors of Cagayan de Oro City—Church Members; Private and Government Sector; Moslems and Christians were together to express their advocacy for change. The peaceful rally also showcased talents from Cagayan De Oro City. Some, who were leaders of their packs, were given opportunities to express their opinions.  They were given some few minutes to deliver their speech.

“The Church has called us to participate. I am here because, as a Youth, I want to be aware of what is really happening. And based on what I have witnessed, changes could also be attained peacefully. I know, this is only the start of the national changes we are dreaming of;  but with I have seen, I am hoping that together we can attain those changes,” Grace Bacurnay, Santuario Eucaristico Youth and Lady of the Altar member told me in an interview. Grace was with her fellow Santuario Eucaristico’s Knights and Ladies of the Altar. (Br. Dennis Marquez, SSS)

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