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Palo Archbishop calls on elected officials to promote good service

Tacloban City (May 17) -- Archbishop Jose S. Palma of the Archdiocese of Palo, who is the vice chairman of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), called on the newly-elected officials to strive for good service.

He also expressed hope that the newly-elected officials will indeed respond to the issues of poverty and corruption which are besetting the country nowadays.

In an interview with the Hatol ng Bayan PIA 8 Remote Hub which was viewed at the government television stations like National Broadcasting Company, RPN9 and IBC 13, Archbishop Palma also urged the public to cooperate with and pray hard for all the new political leaders so that the just-concluded elections will truly become an opportunity for the change the country is hoping for.

The PPCRV will continue its watch on the elected officials in order to ensure and to remind them of their election promises, Archbishop Palma said even as he called on the people to do the same.

The Archbishop expressed his joy and contentment on the successful holding of the first automated elections in the country on May 10.

Archbishop Palma lauded the voters who showed their eagerness to exercise their right to vote. He said that the voters stayed to wait for their turn to vote despite the heat of the scorching sun and the long wait because of long queue.

He also cited the important and heroic role played by the PPCRV volunteers, the members of the Philippine National Police in Region 8, the military, the teachers and the Comelec officials, for the orderly and peaceful conduct of elections.

The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) has been working assiduously for Clean, Honest, Accurate, Meaningful and Peaceful elections. It has done so, and continues to do so without the usual fanfare or clanging cymbals and noisy gongs.

As a national parish-based political but non-partisan lay movement established in 1991, the PPCRV has grown to earn the respect of both civil society and ecclesiastical bodies in its initiatives of transforming the electoral culture of the country. (PIA 8) [top]

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