CBCP head calls for peaceful May 10 polls
Tandag City (May 9) -- The head of the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) called on all Filipino faithful to "deeply" pray for a peaceful, credible and orderly conduct of the country's historic and first automated May 10, 2010 national and local elections.
"We must deeply pray for the success of this election," said Diocese of Tandag City head and president of the CBCP Bishop Nereo P. Odchimar.
He stressed "I am deeply praying for peaceful, honest and reliable polls".
The CBCP head repeatedly asked Filipinos to pray for guidance from God.
On the other hand, former president of the CBCP and also head of the Diocese of Butuan City Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos asked the voters to follow their "conscience" and help this poll "meaningful and honest."
"Everybody must pray and everybody has a vital role to play to make this election a successful one," said Bishop Pueblos also on Sunday.
Meanwhile, around 80,000 college students from the Catholic schools will be deployed to all the clustered polling precincts across the country in order to secure the country's first automated May 10 polls.
According to Msgr. Gerry Santos, president of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP), the volunteers ranging from 18 years old and above are already given assignments at various polling places as watchers.
He said majority of the students from the CEAP's 1,200 member schools, colleges, and universities are computer savvy.
"They are IT (information technology) savvy, they are IT literate and they can do some (computer) troubleshooting," said Msgr. Santos.
He added that the group of Catholic educators with the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations entered into a memorandum of agreement with the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV).
The PPCRV is being accredited by the Commission on Election (Comelec) as the government's poll body official citizens' arm.
PPCRV have also about one million volunteer poll watchers across the country. (muc/PIA-Caraga) [top]