KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Catholics urged: be Comelec’s watchdogs, guardians PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 01 February 2015 14:35

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, `Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?” (James 2:15-16, the Holy Bible).

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LET’S GIVE TO THE FAMILIES OF SLAIN 44 SAF MEN: Now that the eulogies have been given and the accolades bestowed on the 44 policemen from the Philippine National Police Special Action Force who were killed in Maguindanao last Sunday, January 25, 2015, it is time for everyone, from President Aquino to the lowliest Filipino in the country, to start sharing whatever they can to the families of the victims.

I mean, the 44 deceased SAF officers and men left widows and orphans, and even parents and other relatives whom they were supporting when they were still alive, who are now totally without any visible means of support. Where would they get their food and sustenance, rent, and even school expenses now?

President Aquino should have set the example during the necrological services for the fallen policemen on Friday, January 30, 2015, by publicly drawing out money from his wallet in the presence of all the grieving relatives, and announced he was starting a fund drive for their needs, or putting up scholarship grants for their children. That he did not even think of doing this showed the emptiness of his condolences, or the farcical nature of his grief.

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BISHOPS URGE COMELEC RESTRAINT ON 2016 POLL DEALS: Here’s a word from Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines: “Speaking on their own authority as shepherds of the people entrusted to their pastoral care, some of my brother bishops have expressed their serious concern over deals that Comelec appears to be poised to enter into in respect to the automation and digitization of the forthcoming elections.

“Bishops individually and collectively have been apprised of the vulnerability of the system. In fact, there have been credible reports of failures of the system, putting serious doubt on the electoral process. Accurate election results are not only a political concern. They are morally significant as they have to do with the expression of the people’s will and the exercise of fundamental political rights.

“We urge the Comelec to be circumspect in respect to deals and contracts for the handling of automated elections, to avoid a defensive posture and most certainly to be free of bias towards any particular service provider.

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CATHOLICS URGED: BE COMELEC’S WATCHDOGS AND GUARDIANS: “I urge our Catholic lay leaders who have expertise in the information technology industry to constitute themselves as watchdogs and guardians so that the system provider chosen may truly be able to set up a credible, efficient and effective system.

“Our Catholic universities and colleges with information technology departments should offer their services, their evaluation and put forward appropriate corrections of shortcomings. It is my hope that with openness on the part of Comelec and both the civic and moral sense of vigilant citizens we may free the automated system elections from serious doubts that now plague it. We share this dream together.

“We all dream of a credible democratic process when elections are conducted. The duty to protect our democratic system is the duty of everyone. Let us listen to one another. Let us work together for the good of the nation. Credible elections are the stronghold of democracy…”

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