The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will file a motion for reconsideration (MR) before the Supreme Court after the SC favored the controversial “Team Buhay” and “Team Patay” tarpaulins posted by the Diocese of Bacolod (Negros Occidental) in May 2013.
Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. on Friday said the poll body “will definitely” file an MR even as he added that he has not read the SC’s ruling.
He said they will file the motion for reconsideration 15 days from the time they received a copy of the court’s decision.
Two years ago, the Diocese of Bacolod was ordered by the Comelec to remove tarpaulins with names of senatorial candidates and the party-list groups classified into “Team Patay” and “Team Buhay.”
“Team Patay” supported the Reproductive Health Law and “Team Buhay” opposed it.
The local church then brought the matter to the High Court.
Meanwhile, Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra said in an article posted on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) website that the Catholic Church is on the winning side in their battle against the Comelec in connection with the tarpaulins.
“My conscience is clear that what we did is only to conscienticize our faithful in Bacolod and the well-intentioned voters regarding their moral civic consciousness regarding the decision to select candidates to uphold the rights of the unborn against abortion and contraceptives,” Navarra said.
According to him, the tarpaulins are still hanging outside the Bacolod Cathedral.
Navarra said with the court’s decision, he will keep the tarpaulins where they are as long as he remains bishop.