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Assist Comelec do a good job, urges PPCRV

Iloilo City (15 March) -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) should be assisted in doing its job and doing it correctly because it is mandated by the Constitution to manage elections.

Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) national chair and former Ambassador to the Vatican Henrietta de Villa said that as a non-partisan body, COMELEC needs help in doing its job.

De Villa, who was guest speaker in the 4th Msgr. Jose Buenaflor Memorial Media Forum last March 13, at the Jaro Archbishop's Residence said that while it may be true that some bad elements in the poll body once caused it to dip, now it is regaining its credibility.

"Comelec is rising, let us help it rise above the perception that the people there are corrupt, because they are managing our elections," de Villa said.

She added that not all people in COMELEC are bad and if they are doing good they must be recognized so that they will be motivated to do better.

She said the PPCRV as a non-partisan body is there to assist the COMELEC and see to it that it is doing its job correctly, as the PPCRV has committed itself to the tasks of educating the people on Philippine Elections and on Community mobilization or Poll Watching to see to it that the vote of every qualified citizen is counted.

De Villa said that Filipinos as subjects and agents of electoral reforms can make or unmake their elections, as elections can make or unmake governments.

"Hence, it is also PPCRV's concern to work for the formation of Filipino voters as responsible citizens who not only criticize and find fault with government but are doing their function to be a means to electoral change," De Villa further said.

She said this electoral reform starts with the way Filipino voters vote, that is why they have to invest in their choice and their time to study carefully the attributes of the candidates they will put in positions in public office.

The forum was attended by about 200 lay and religious workers, media and members of civic, religious organizations in the Archdiocese of Jaro.

De Villa was joined by Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, Iloilo Provincial Elections Supervisor Atty. Elizabeth Doronila and Msgr. Meliton Oso, Archdiocesan PPCRV Coordinator, (PIA6/ESS) [top]

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