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Biliran bishop urges everybody’s active participation for a clean, credible and peaceful elections

March 14, 2007

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 elections.

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 inquiry.

“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 Naval.