BALANGA City: Outspoken Bataan Bishop Ruperto Santos on Wednesday admonished local candidates to protect the environment and make the welfare of the citizens a priority above themselves.
Santos issued the call at the signing of a peace covenant initiated by Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV).
Speaking at the Saint Joseph Cathedral, Santos underscored the importance of the 3 Ks – Karangalan ng Panginoon, Kabutihan ng Bataan at Kaligtasan ng bawat isa at ng kaluluwa (God’s glory, for the good of Bataan, and salvation of everyone and the soul).
“Illegal gambling, illegal logging and mining ruin the moral fiber of society. Anyone who chooses to campaign for the destruction of Bataan only thinks of himself,” Santos said.
Those who signed the peace covenant were Gov. Albert Garcia; Hermosa town Mayor Danilo Malana and transgender woman Geraldine Roman, who are both contesting the seat for the first congressional district; candidates for the Sangguniang Panlalawigan in the first and second districts; provincial police chief P/Senior Supt. Rhodel Sermonia; Army officers; and City Election Officer Melanio Sibayan.