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Catholic bishop calls for mock polls to get laity’s May polls preferences

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Pampanga Archbishop Paciano Aniceto PHOTO/http://www.senate.gov.ph

MANILA, Philippines — A Catholic prelate is pushing for a Church-based mock elections to get a picture of what kind of candidates the faithful will be voting for in the May 13 balloting.

Pampanga Archbishop Paciano Aniceto said on Sunday, the Church could organize its own version of mock elections in parishes and Catholic schools through its lay organizations a month before the midterm balloting

“That’s one way of raising the consciousness of the voters and at the same time providing maybe alternative candidates or alternative choice,” Aniceto told reporters in an interview.

He stressed that the Church hierarchy would not initiate such a process but rather its big network of lay organizations. “It should be conducted not by the Church per se but the lay organizations,” said the prelate.

During the 2010 presidential elections, the religious group El Shaddai conducted a mock election among its members. Former President Joseph Estrada topped the polling, followed by Sen. Manuel Villar and then Sen. Benigno Aquino III.

Aniceto said aside from parish churches, mock elections could also be held in Catholic schools where many students would be first-time voters in May. “This is for the students to be oriented on how to properly choose their candidates,” he noted.

Earlier, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said that as a non-partisan institution, it would refrain from endorsing any candidate in the May 13 elections just as it did in the previous balloting.

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, the CBCP president, has stated that for the upcoming elections, the Church hierarchy will continue to preach the doctrine of the Catholic Church to guide the faithful in discerning their vote.

“We are not in anyway partisan. We do not tell the whole world who to vote for or name the right person to vote. In principle, we just preach the doctrine of the church and tell the process of how to discern,” said Palma in an interview with reporters last week.


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  • Crazy_horse101010

    20 per cent of the people wont be able to vote

  • quirinomayer

    If the secrecy of the ballot will be observed in this mock elections of Padre Damaso, they will  be jolted by the results because 70 percent of Catholics approved of the RH Bill and are not expected therefore to vote against the politicians who worked hard to have the legislation passed.

    Actually, in the last SWS survey of senatorial race, Legarda, Escudero and Alan Cayetano all of whom voted in favor of the RH Bill occupy the first three spots in that order hahahaha.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Abdul-Rashid/100004367910013 Abdul Rashid

    Ano ba kayo mga Damaso, kulang ba kita nyo sa simbahan? Ba’t pakialam pa kayo sa gawain ng gobyerno. Kong ibig nyong manongkulan di tumakbo na ga kayo.

    Na sanay lang siguro kayo sa mga gifts sa corrupt administration ni GMA.Mahiya naman kayo?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_POBZSV5PGTGUS3YA2KR2NZI3HA Alex

      i agree. sa sobrang pakikialam ng mga damaso sa gobyerno hindi na nila nagagampanan ang sinasabi nilang pangunahing tungkulin.

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    If the Church does that, maybe they can also include a mock referendum on whether catholics favor the RH Law, a divorce law, restoring the death penalty, taxing the church, same-sex marriages, women-priests, and marriage for priests.

  • Cool LahgotzMO

    Iisa lang masasabi ko sa mga damaso na to “P o w t a  i n a  nyo !” magbayad kayo ng buwis kung mangingialam din lang kayo sa gobyerno.

  • vaporub123

    hehehe gusto lang maniguro ang mga obispo na malaman kung sino ang iboboto ng mamamayan at kung sino ang lamang at nangunguna ay doon sila tatakbo at tutulong kunwari kapalit ng pinansyal.lalabas na magiging tuta ng obispo ang mananalo dahil kung wala mga obispo tyak matatalo ang kandidato.utang nga loob ang mangyayari ng kandidato.lalabas na kawawa ang mamayang filipino pagnagkakataon.

  • UrHONOR

    THE gun of a man just want to MOCK the election process of the country.  What business is it of that man with a Pacman toque to even have the slightest notion of a fake or phony election?  BAKIT, ano ba ang tingin niya sa sarili nya, TAGAPAGLIGTAS ng mundo?  Spiderman?  Batman?  Utang ng ina, yon ngang umaalingasaw na gawain at ginagawa ng mga TNL na kasaya nya hindi niya kayang harapin o sipatin man kaya, e, makikisawsaw na naman siya sa nagawa na ng Comelec para ma-diario at makodakan?  Talagang magaling gumimik ang mga TNL na naka-helmet na ito sa publicity…..kundi si bisyap ganito, si bisyap ganun…naghahali-halinlinan lamang sila tulad ng ginagawa ng mga pulitiko sa pagpapa-ikot-ikot ng pamilya nila sa iisa o dalawang pwesto.  KAYA, masaya….masayang, masaya sa bayan sa gawa ng mga TNL nitong mga hukluban.  SWERTI sila dahil nakakulong si Celdran….kundi Mag-TITI-tili na naman yang mga naka-sayang yan ng walang haggan!  :)

  • UrHONOR

    >>>Earlier, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said that as a non-partisan institution, it would refrain from endorsing any candidate in the May 13 elections just as it did in the previous balloting.<<<

    O, ano na ne ang nangyari sa pinaglalandakang kaTOLik votes?  Papaano na yong SHOWDOWN-SHOWDOWN a la OK Corral?  Ano, mauuwi sa baboy koral, ganun ba yon?  Bira dito, bira doon….tapos atras, dito, atras doon.  Sala sa lamig, sala sa init; kulang sa pito, labis sa walo.  Aba, e, ano yang TNL na pinagkakana ninyo, TSUBIBO Philosophy?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AIYSIJJOL4JNRLHXVTGUH3NYHM The Overlord

    Non-partisan? Puhlleaaseee. You were all meek sheep when GMA showered you with cars. Ngayon na natengga na ang supply nyo ng gasolina, putak kayo ng putak sa administration. And where’s your so-called “Catholic vote” that obviously does not exist?

  • mangtom

    These cone heads can do whatever they want to do as long as they don’t involve taxpayers’ money to conduct their monkey business.

    I think that they should also include in their survey to find out how many of their constituents are in favor or against the continued existence of this EVIL DEVIL (double entendre)  known as the CBCP. I will be wiling to contribute one peso to fund this survey-he-he-he. 

  • patrickinca

    Do not vote on the May Election. For those PCOS machines are already
    been rigged  through the globe network. So Stop wasting your time. 

  • mabyrik

    While doing so Bishop, could you please include the following in the mock election you’re organizing:

    1) Is it time now for the church to be taxed since the church has totally ignored the constitutional provision on church and state separation? You did this in RH, sin tax, Cha-cha, during all election times, and many more  and will do so again in divorce bill and other political affairs. 

    2) Is it time now for the lands owned by the church  that run into thousand of hectares to be “distributed to landless”, in accordance with land reform law? 

    3) Is it time for the church to be considered as a political party  instead of a religious organization?

    4) Is it time for the bishops to make “blessing” a must for known criminals before undergoing trials for their blessings are turning out to be an omen for the criminals as what happened to corona and GMA? Corona was found guilty after he was blessed by bishops before the impeachment and GMA is now in hospital arrest and may be transferred to regular jail soon after she was blessed by bishops a hundred times in so many occasions.

    5) Is it time for the priests and bishops to get married, either to male or female partners as there are many bishops and priests reported to have been indulging in sex scandals involving children, female and male?

    6) Is it time for the bishops to be audited by SGV or COA to determine if the SUV, luxurious cars, and other properties they owned come from GMA, government, drug lords, gambling lords despite the fact that they subsist on alms during masses only? If those properties were donated by GMA and the government, then they must be returned to government, if from drug lords and gambling lords, they must be charged with crimes as accessories.

    Time for change, ha bishops?
       

  • batchmatters

    It`s good in the sense that the Bishop`s backed mock poll may only affirm the distance (now spasm) between the Church and its flock. Humility is a biblical based virtue, but it seems some religious do their thing out of bloated concept of self-importance.  

    • batangpaslit

      in the Old Testament is an account that the leader of the Israelites was chastised by GOD for conducting a census how many followers he has
      the LORD chastised His own man for relying on the strenght of man, not leaning on His strenght
      if the RCC is right in observing GOD’s mandate, they do not have to worry whether their flocks obeys them or not
      a true believer of GOD knows whom to cast his or her ballot

  • ztefertilizerscam10

    GlorIa bribed to Mitsubishop and Safari…

     Butuan City Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos, who received a Mitsubishi Montero, Bontoc-Lagawe Bishop Rodolfo Beltran (Nissan Pathfinder), Abra Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian (Mitsubishi Strada), Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Quevedo (Toyota Grandia Hi-Ace), Basilan Bishop Martin Jumoad (Mitsubishi Strada), Zamboanga Archbishop Romulo Valles (Toyota Grandia Hi-Ace); and Nueva Segovia Archbishop Ernesto Salgado (Isuzu Crosswind).

  • ztefertilizerscam10

    Priest who had sex with boys now tells how to smuggle ivory

    National Geographic‘s new issue exposes the ivory business, which has been hiding in plain sight since a worldwide trade ban was enacted in 1989. And a major player in the magazine’s story is a priest in the Philippines whom I wrote about in 2005 when investigating another global-trafficking phenomenon — the Catholic Church’s movement of sexual abuse suspects across international borders to escape justice.

    The priest, Monsignor Cristobal Garcia, is now quoted as explaining how to smuggle ivory into the United States: 

    “Wrap it in old, stinky underwear and pour ketchup on it.” And if an icon won’t fit in a suitcase? Here’s how 

    National Geographic‘s Bryan Christy summarizes Garcia’s advice: “I might get a certificate from the National Museum of the Philippines declaring my image to be antique, or I could get a carver to issue a paper declaring it 

    to be imitation or alter the carving date to before the ivory ban.”Garcia also made provocative comments when I interviewed him about why he fled the U.S. in 1985. He admitted having sex with altar boys and supplying them with drugs

  • ztefertilizerscam10

    The Catholic sex abuse cases are a series of convictions, trials and investigations into allegations of child sexual abuse Crimes committed by Catholic priests and members of Roman Catholic orders against children as young as 3 years old with the majority between the ages of 11 and 14.

  • ztefertilizerscam10

    STOP DONATING YOUR MONEY TO THE  CORRUPT BISHOP..
    The Bank Investments Of Different Dioceses

    Diocese / Church Foundation Company # Shares Owned Rank in Top 100 Total Investment Value

    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MANILA Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) 222,843,681 4th PHP12.724 Billion

    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MLA (REAL CASA DE MISERICORDIA) Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) 41,408,841 8th PHP2.364 Billion

    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MANILA (HOSPITAL DE SAN JUAN DE DIOS) Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) 22,072,182 13th PHP1.26 Billion

    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MLA (HOSPICIO DE SAN JOSE) Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) 6,016,624 15th PHP343.55 Million

    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MLA (HOSP DE SA JUAN DE DIOS) Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) 4,285,572 17th PHP244.71 Million

    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MLA (MAYORDOMIA DELA CATEDRAL) Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) 2,664,266 21st PHP152.13 Million

    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MLA (ST. PAUL`S HOSPITAL) Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) 1,772,418 26th PHP101.21 Million

    CARMEL OF THE DIVINE INFANT JESUS OF PRAGUE, INC. Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) 726,819 49th PHP41.50 Million

    EL SUPERIOR DE LA CORPORACION FILIPINA DE PADRES AGUSTINOS RECOLETOS Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) 551,382 60th PHP31.48 Million
    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF JARO Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) 491,385 64th PHP28.06 Million

    EL SUPERIOR DE LA CORPORACION FILIPINA DE PADRES AGUSTINOS RECOLETOS San Miguel Corp (SMC) 2,370,000 31st PHP260.70 Million

    SUPERIOR DE LA CORPORACION ARCHICOFRADIA DE N.P.J.N DE RECOLETOS San Miguel Corp (SMC) 1,234,603 75th PHP135.81 Million

    CARMEL OF THE DIVINE INFANT JESUS OF PRAGUE, INC. San Miguel Corp (SMC) 957,516 79th PHP105.33 Million

    ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF TUGUEGARAO San Miguel Corp (SMC) 856,639 81st PHP94.23 Million

    REAL MONASTERIO DE LA PURISIMA CONCEPCION DE NUESTRA MADRE SANTA CLARA DE MANILA San Miguel Corp (SMC) 809,834 83rd PHP89.08 Million

    SUPERIOR DE LA CORPORACION DE PADRES RECOLETOS POR BECAS Y VOCACIONES San Miguel Corp (SMC) 621,702 89th PHP68.39 Million
    CARMEL OF ST THERESE OF THE CHILD JESUS San Miguel Corp (SMC) 592,956 91st PHP65.23 Million

    THE DISCALCED CARMELITE NUNS OF CEBU San Miguel Corp (SMC) 451,864 95th PHP49.71 Million

    ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF NUEVA SEGOVIA DE VIGAN San Miguel Corp (SMC) 428,067 98th PHP47.09 Million

    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MANILA Philex Mining Corp (PX) 3,221,135 15th PHP66.68 Million

    RELIGIOUS OF THE VIRGIN MARY – B Philex Mining Corp (PX) 3,125,777 16th PHP64.70 Million

    RELIGIOUS OF THE VIRGIN MARY-A Philex Mining Corp (PX) 1,091,027 69th PHP22.58 Million

    ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF TUGUEGARAO Ayala Corporation (AC) 24,015 73rd PHP9.29 Million

    KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FRATERNAL ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILS, INC. Ayala Corporation Preferred Shares – A (ACPA) 60,000 2nd PHP31.80 Million

    ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF TAGBILARAN Ayala Corporation Preferred Shares – B (ACPR) 10,000 64th PHP1.02 Million

    DAUGHTERS OF CHARITY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL PHINMA Corp. (PHN) 159,575 19th PHP2.12 Million

    ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF JUAN DE DIOS PHINMA…

  • Haring Buraot

    “We are not in anyway partisan. We do not tell the whole world who to
    vote for or name the right person to vote. In principle, we just preach
    the doctrine of the church and tell the process of how to discern,” said
    Palma in an interview with reporters last week.
    — Ganun ba father?Kasi sa pagkakatanda ko e nagbanta kayo na ilalakad nyo na matalo lahat ng mga pulitikong sumuporta para mapasa ung RH bill.Pano na ngayon pangako nyo sa mga nakinig senyo?Behind the scenes na lang operations nyo para kunwari neutral?Ipapasok nyo ulit sa homily nyo kung sino mga dapat iboto ng mga myembro nyo?…O baka naman natauhan na kayo.Nakita nyo na wala na ung malaking suporta senyo ng masa kaya “neutral” naman ang drama nyo ngayon?

    “A Catholic prelate is pushing for a Church-based mock elections to get a
    picture of what kind of candidates the faithful will be voting for in
    the May 13 balloting”
    –Father Paciano para san po ulit to?Para ba itong “survey” kung sino papatok sa mga botante para malaman nyo kung sino “ieendorse” nyo pero kunwari para tulungan lang mga bagong botante?Para kung sakaling manalo e pede na naman kayong umepal kasi sasabihin nyo na nanalo sila kasi ginamitan nyo impluwensya nyo?Style nyo bulok.Di nyo pa din ba magets na pagdating sa opinyon ng nakararami tungkol sa mga isyu na importante e wala na kayong dating?Na wala na ung “magic spell” nyo sa mga tao?Pero sana ituloy nyo pa din kahibangan nyo.Para mas lalong dumami mga taong nakakaintindi kung papano talaga kayo “mag-operate”.

    • batangpaslit

      for hundreds of years, the parshioners were kept in the dark that they cannot even study the Scriptures for fear that the people will discover the truth—the truth about the false doctrines that the RCC espouses
      the church that purports to be Christian place a high premium to the supremacy of the Scriptures over matters on faith, doctrine, instruction, and discipline.
      the true Christian church worships properly the true Living GOD, the Creator of Life and the Sustainer of humankind.

  • batangpaslit

    assuming the turn out of the mock election conducted by RCC the candidates that “won” are the the members of the Senate that supported the RH Bill.
    ano ang gagawin ng RCC sa kanilang mga parishioners? excommunicate them?

  • disqusted0fu

    They should also use the PCOS machines to try it out and see for themselves how defective it is. If these machines do not get fixed, PH is in for a ride this 2013 elections. Massive irregularities will come out and our government might just turn into a “yellow government”, that’s a scary thought.



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