THEIR names appeared in the payroll of a politician prepared by his leader, but no money came. And if ever it did, they will surely reject it.

This is the united stand of a group of 20 from Barangay Basak in Lapu-lapu City.

Led by their pastor, 59-year old Salvador Apas, this small committed group belonging to the Protestant church of Word for the World Christian Fellowship dared to be di erent and refused to sell their sacred right to vote to politicians during the recently concluded Presidential and local elections.

“We never sell our votes……in the name of Christ we can make change,” says the pastor.

According to him the orientation on “I

Vote Good” campaign by Dilaab Foundation conducted before the elections, strengthened their resolve.

Members of UBAS (Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan or Collaboration among the Barangay and Church) attended the orientation. They include a police o cer, church workers and barangay o cials.

The LASER method helped them choose their candidates. LASER means Lifestyle,Accomplishment, Supporters, Election Conduct, Reputation.

“This is heartwarming and inspiring amidst reports of massive vote-buying,” reacts Mayren Cogtas, Dilaab coordinator for CIDE or Circles of Discernment and Empowerment. Cogtas organized a sharing session after the elections with members of UBAS action teams from this city.

According to her, equally inspiring and moral booster is the sharing of a police o cer on one of his invitees who has nally “formed” his conscience and regretted having bought votes for some politicians.

“These are pockets of victories which give us hope that someday it will spread all over the country,” Cogtas emphasized.

This phrase of Fr. Carmelo Diola, “Tulo ka adlaw nga kalipay, tulo ka tuig nga pagmahay (three days of happiness, three years of remorse),” keeps reverberating in the minds of voters and will hopefully appeal to their conscience. (DN)

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