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    • CommentAuthorrengaw
    • CommentTimeJan 25th 2011 edited
    Since the day I set foot on the Island of Pohnpei, I have been attending church masses on few Sundays for the past years and I happened to see that right after the mass, the pastor announces that there’s this person who wanted to deliver a campaign speech to the church members.
    I was asking myself, “What does this mean?” For many years, I, myself haven’t seen any action like this and I haven’t witnessed a candidate doing his or her campaign in or outside a church.
    The church is a holy and sacred place where we, as Christians, respect as we worship. In my opinion, it is not a place for delivering campaign speeches that are full of unfulfilled promises but a place is it for listening to the Words of God.
    From this experience, comes to mind the Verse; “Give Caesar what belongs to Caesar and render unto God what is God’s…”

    Do share your Opinions!
    • CommentAuthorcharacter
    • CommentTimeJan 25th 2011
    you must be a Chuukese.... and yes we Pohnpeians are to criticize for this.... and yes, many unfulfilled promises... anyways.... good point.....
    • CommentAuthorSoldier Vet
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2011 edited
    Rengaw, you must be from some remote outer island atoll or something if this is strange and new to you. The way campaigns are being conducted. I have seen in Chuuk. They spend their entire life savings for a campaign and sometimes even force the people by gunpoint during campaigns. So campaigns can be done in many ways. Is there internet or Cable TV where you from in your tiny island, there is no limitation for campaigning. The only off limit is at the voting stations for a candidate to campaign there. Other then that, everything is a faregame. As long as the campaign is peaceful, i'm all for it. Don't bribe the people like the chuukese candidates do.
    • CommentAuthorrengaw
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2011
    I think you took me and my points wrong. I am sorry if what I have written here is offending you which is not my intention. What I was trying to say is that I want us all to take a look at it in different perspectives that what they have been doing is wrong. It is wrong that PNIan Candidates are conducting their campaign speeches in the Church, which as I said, is a place for worshipping but not a place to listen to the false and unfulfilled promises.
    Now, from reading what you posted, it seems like you are taking this seriously and personally. We don’t have to mention names here of the candidates. But I can say that you are wrong in what you were saying. I have spent 17 years in the state of Chuuk and I have never heard or seen a candidate pointing guns to his constituents. It is by law that a candidate shall not run to a seat if he commits a crime or what they called “Felony”. In your statement, you further said that the Chuukese Candidates “…sometimes even force the people…” Tell me what exact year is that. I thought you spent 99.99% of your life in the US military. How can you support your statement that the Chuukese bribed their people when campaigning? Or is that just hearsay?
    Anyways, let’s go back to the topic. We are talking about the campaigning style in Pohnpei (Only) not anywhere else.
    Please do read my previous post carefully.

    Respectfully submitted by Rengaw.
    No, my bad either. Just an enlightenment. But it has done in Chuuk before Way before you time. More then 17 years ago. During Kalisdo days. Former Chuuk Congressman. Yes, like I said, way before you time. I'm sure, you were either on bottles or wasn't even born at the time. No disrespect, we're on an open forum. Seventeen years ago, that's in the 90s. Anyway, holla.