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Santo Domingo.- Parish priest Fray Santiago Batista said Tuesday that more than the International Monetary Fund (IMF), it’s corruption and the social exclusion of most Dominicans which keeps the country at its knees.

“The people are depressed because they have placed their hopes on its governments and has seen other things instead,” the prelate said in a mass to mark the 50th anniversary of the opposition PRD party’s arrival.

He said there’s still time for president Leonel Fernandez to eradicate the virus of corruption and confront it with valor and transparency.

The Las Mercedes parish (Colonial Zone) said the country lives under a hurricane on vicissitudes from the economic difficulties of its citizens. “We want a new face in Dominican politics.”

Batista deplored the recently approved package of new taxes, which in his view jeopardize the poor directly.

He urged Fernandez to apply austerity by reducing the number of ministers and vice ministers, that he called excessive and that many spend taxpayers’ money unnecessarily.

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17 comment(s)
Written by: BASTA, 5 Jul 2011 2:50 PM
From: Dominican Republic, =Ghetto/Legalize Drugs/Free abortions for all Never Confuse Education with Intelligence
Written by: HateitorLOVEIT, 5 Jul 2011 3:28 PM
From: United States, Washington, DC
Wow... somebody gets it and speaks out about it. Tonight somebody will put him in his grave
Written by: hernandez5482, 5 Jul 2011 3:34 PM
From: United States, Vivir sin Patria, es lo mismo que vivir sin Honor.
Amen brother, i hear your cries, but these selfish politicians who only seek personal gain will do nothing to change our society and erradicate corruption, i couldn't agree more we need new faces in the political arena.
Written by: Ricardolito, 5 Jul 2011 3:54 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
As this was a special church service for the opposition PRD , some of the things that Fr.Batista said may be seen to be justing playing up to his congregation ...although they are undoubtedly true . As this church is but a few hundred yard from my home I sometimes go there when I am too lazy to go to the Episcoplaian Church in Independencia and I am often surprised at the very political tone of the homilies.
Yes ...the government has shown no inclination to reduce its own expenses and can not live now even with in its greatly expanded annual income ..and the reason for this are two fold ,,Firstly there is waste and non appropriate use of the funds it has at its disposal and there is the inbuilt corruption .
It is not the IMF that is the problem and in fact we should be urging the IMF to do everything they can to get the DR government to improve their standards .it is the arrogance of the government leaders that is the problem .the last jaunt to Paris and Jordan was the final straw
Written by: anthonyC, 5 Jul 2011 3:54 PM
From: United States
A priest calling out anyone for corruption and "Social exclusion" is the epitome of Hypocrisy!!!
Written by: Ricardolito, 5 Jul 2011 3:58 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
anthonyC ..this church in las Mercedes is rather special and the priests rather more humane and actually the church that is very close , San Miguel , in Jose Reyes, also does a lot of good things ,,so maybe we cannot judge all priests the same way .
Written by: Escott, 5 Jul 2011 6:47 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Cabrera and Sosua a 2 days a month for payday
This is the first statement the church has come out with that I so much agree with that it could have been said by me.

Other than that I agree with Anthony C.
Written by: FedericoD, 5 Jul 2011 8:20 PM
From: Canada
This brave man is a national hero ... he has put his life on the line .... a real leader for the citizen of the DR. ...
Written by: juanb, 5 Jul 2011 8:44 PM
From: Dominican Republic

Remember that the IMF turned its back on us at the end of Mejia's term.

They denied us money because of the same lack of compliance that we are now seeing.

This new tax money will be wasted/stolen as always.

The only difference is that the next President (I hope I am wrong but I think it will me Mejia) will not have the ability to satisfy the IMF's demands.

I still think that HM was the worst president of any country ever, but I don't think Danilo has a chance.
Written by: WalterPolo, 5 Jul 2011 11:05 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata
We're doomed.
Written by: VeronicaDR, 5 Jul 2011 11:57 PM
From: United States
This man needs to be elected president.
Written by: airgordo, 6 Jul 2011 12:01 AM
From: Dominican Republic
Written by: anthonyC, 5 Jul 2011 3:54 PM
From: United States
A priest calling out anyone for corruption and "Social exclusion" is the epitome of Hypocrisy!!!


Yeah, yeah...But is THIS A LIE???? is not the messenger, is THE MESSAGE!!
Written by: Sansouci, 6 Jul 2011 3:15 AM
From: United States
Si ma memoire est bonne, c'est tres fou ce qu' les mots les plus usites peuvent porter à confusion des fois...des chums au gouvernement qui recoivent des bénéfices.
Written by: gmiller261, 6 Jul 2011 9:37 AM
From: United States

"Has president Leonel Fernandez the mettle to send some of his own supporters to trial?"

He doesn't have the credentials to be a President let alone morals and balls to do the more correct thing.

No truer statement.

"It’s corruption that has Dominicans on their knees"
Written by: danny00, 6 Jul 2011 11:26 AM
From: United States, Rhodes scholar oxford university
"Has president Leonel Fernandez the mettle to send some of his own supporters to trial?"

Written by: okian, 6 Jul 2011 1:01 PM
From: United States
We need thousands more of him!
Written by: easyrider, 9 Jul 2011 8:14 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Barahona
Untill LF displays leadership and defends the citizens of this country from the selfish criminals that work below him in his own govt. the Dominican people will continue to be financially raped and pillaged just the same as when Drake burned santo Domingo to the ground.

The biggest current problem now is the illegal taxes on gasoline and diesel. This stifles the economy. People buy less goods and services which = less jobs and more hunger. The merchants raise the price of their goods justifiably but we all know that if and when the fuel price drops the merchants will never drop their prices and the govt. doe's nothing about it.
WE LIVE IN A FREE FOR ALL SOCIETY, only the corrupt survive.
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