Bishops call for peaceful elections

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LEGAZPI CITY: Two bishops expressed their concern over the conduct of the May 2016 elections as they warned the public that some politicians who seek elective posts prioritize personal interests over the common good.

Bishop Joel “Bong” Z. Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi asked law enforcers in the Bicol region to dismantle private armed groups and confiscate loose firearms to ensure a peaceful election in the region in 2016.

The prelate said there is a need to add government forces in election hot spots to curtail violent incidents.

Meanwhile, Bishop Ruperto Santos of the Diocese of Balanga on Monday cautioned candidates that unification efforts should be for the common good and not for personal interests of a particular group.


“Unification should be decided by all people and not by politicians who will just try to salvage their political careers,” Santos said.

He also asked the people to pray for politicians as they file their certificates of candidacy (COC), that they be motivated by fear of God and fidelity to His teachings.

“We must pray that candidates think of true services to our people especially on the sanctity of families,” he said.

Bataan Commission on Elections (Comelec) provincial supervisor Gilbert Almario said in a meeting last week with police and military officials that there was no recorded hotspot in their region based on the 2013 elections.

However, the presence of private armed groups was noted in the provinces of Masbate, Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte. In the 2013 elections, the provinces of Masbate and Camarines Norte are under tight watch of the police and the military in Bicol.

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