Biliran bishop urges
everybody’s active participation for a clean, credible and peaceful elections
By RODRIGO S. VICTORIA (PIA Biliran)
NAVAL, Biliran – In a
pastoral letter issued by Bishop Filomeno G. Bactol, D.D. of the Diocese of
Naval during the political education and electoral reform campaign held on March
6 at the Naval Cathedral, the call for an active participation of the people and
church groups especially the Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs), an active
religious organization in the Diocese of Naval, for a clean, credible and
peaceful elections is one big concern that forms part of the letter.
In the pastoral letter, Bishop
Bactol enumerated three important steps for the voters in the May 14, 2007
Bishop Bactol stated in his
pastoral letter that the three steps include voter’s education, poll watching
and parallel vote count.
The head of the Naval diocese
also urged all Christians not to receive money this coming elections and not to
give service to candidates who use guns, goons and gold.
He likewise made a heartily
appeal in his pastoral letter to all candidates not to give money to the people
just to get their votes and not to use electoral means that would lessen the
dignity of the people.
Bishop Bactol further urged
everybody to be united including the candidates, voters and all christian for a
concerted effort for a change in the political and electoral processes through a
continued reflections of events and issues around that need deep and truthful
“The events we encounter
everyday cannot be denied to inflect wound in our faith like graft and
corruption, political dynasty, poverty, environmental destruction, dirty
elections and others”, Bishop Bactol said in his pastoral letter.
He added in his pastoral
letter for everybody to reflect the events that happened and bring Christ in the
center of those reflections and to put Christ and morality in the field of
politics and elections because it is there that we can make a true peaceful and
fruitful change in our Christian communities.
He also reminded the people to
offer to God all these efforts for a new future and ask the divine intercession
of the Most Holy Rosary, the patroness of the diocese, for continued guidance
and keep everyone from harm in this hour of big trial.
The pastoral letter was
given to parish priests and BEC leaders of the 14 parishes the Diocese of