Comelec to press charges against Bacolod clergy

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A Catholic church in Bacolod has cut in half a tarpaulin that tells the faithful whom to vote for and whom to junk in the May senatorial elections (“Team Buhay, Team Patay”). The Commission on Elections says the 6-foot-by-10-foot tarpaulin violates the rule on campaign material sizes, prompting the church to cut it. Despite the cut, the two tarpaulins still do not meet the 2-foot-by-3-foot rule of the Omnibus Election Code. CARLA GOMEZ/INQUIRER VISAYAS FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Lamenting the intransigence of Catholic Church officials, Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said Saturday the election body would file criminal charges against those who put up “over-sized” campaign materials at the chathedral in Bacolod.

Brillantes said he welcomed the petition of the Bacolod Diocese and Bishop Vicente Navarra to the Supreme Court, questioning the legality of a Comelec order directing the diocese to take down the tarpaulins. He insisted the Comelec was just following the law.

“The Comelec welcomes the suit filed by the Diocese of Bacolod in the Supreme Court questioning our order/notice to remove its illegal tarp,” Brillantes said through his Twitter account.

“We maintain, however, that the Team Buhay/Patay tarpaulin is an ‘election propaganda’ and thus covered by the size restriction imposed by law,” he added.

Church officials had put up tarpaulins at the San Sebastian Cathedral identifying senatorial candidates Catholics should support and those they should shun on the basis of their position with respect to the recently passed Reproductive Health Law.

Brillantes said the tarpaulins should be taken down because they exceed the allowable size for campaign materials.

“We are not being unreasonable. We quietly met and pleaded with the diocese for its removal, sent them two notices which were both disregarded,” he said.

“I’m saddened by the defiance of the local diocese as the Catholic Church is a trusted and long-time partner in securing orderly elections,” he added.

Brillantes said the Comelec would start this week the proceedings for the eventual filing of criminal charges against those who put up the tarpaulins.

“We will commence the proceedings next week for the filing of election offense cases against whoever is behind this, unless restrained by the Supreme Court,” Brillantes said.

“I maintain that election laws, including those governing campaign, apply to all citizens regardless of faith or persuasion, even the Church,” he added.

Those found guilty of an election offense could face imprisonment of from one to six years, removal of their right to vote and disqualification from public office.

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  • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

    Abogado si brillantes?  bakit parang ang bobo nya?  obviously private building ang church, na nakatirik sa private na lupa, at ang poster ay privately funded din.  ano pakialam nila kung ano ang gagawin na sinuman sa loob ng kanyang bakuran at pamamahay?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/YCKUR3MGWTP2VX3GL3MVCVH3UQ Adiktos

       So you mean to say that candidates can post their face at any Billboards without any restriction on size as long as it is privately funded, and since billboards are installed in private property? 

    • mad_as_Hamlet

      LOL!  But your post reminds me of the story about the Chinese merchant whose business was losing.  He set fire to his establishment in order to collect on the insurance, but in the process also burned down the neigboring buildings. Prosecuted in court for arson, he put up the defense that he only set fire to the building he owned.  And that  he even closed all the doors and windows!  Your reasoning is pretty much along the same line of fire. I hope your’re not a policeman in real life, handsome or not.  I don’t mind the “makulit.”

      • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

         ang layo naman ng analogy mo boy

      • mad_as_Hamlet

        So, you didn’t get it, PO11/2?  (just kidding and no offense meant, personally)

        You mean to say you would like to change the plain meaning of what you wrote, old man? – – –

        “obviously private building ang church, na nakatirik sa private na lupa, at ang poster ay privately funded din. ano pakialam nila kung ano ang gagawin na sinuman sa loob ng kanyang bakuran at pamamahay?”

        Pray, explain to all of us here, if what you are claiming is no other than the unqualified and absolute proposition that the use of private property is beyond the power of the State to regulate?

        Kindly show us how a member of the PNP wriggles his way out of a fix.
        (That is, without going for his gun, government-issued or privately owned)

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      • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

        look at the operative word–SILA–meaning COMELEC…

      • $20174498

         Tumigil ka na kupal! Walang naniniwala sa iyo! Isa kang peke at ambisyosong nangangarap maging Pulis. In your DREAMS! KUPAL!

      • $20174498

         May pa analogy ka pang nalalaman! Pag di ka tumigil na kupal ka! ABULOY GY ang tatanggapin mo sa iyong pagpanaw. RIP. Sana manahimik na ang kaluluwa mong sinasaniban ng masamang ispiritu.

      • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

        hahaha, anger is the last refuge of people who had ran out of arguments…

      • angie1875

        Pag illegal ang ginawa mo, kahit sa loob ka pa ng bahay o bakuran mo, illegal yon at pwede ka hulihin. 

      • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

        e illegal nga ba ang mag express ng opinion sa loob ng bakuran mo? kailan? saan?

      • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

        ng comelec?

      • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

        at ang analogy mo ay malapit?

    • Ivideo

      Pulis ka nga! BOBO ka eh!  “ano pakialam nila kung ano ang gagawin na sinuman sa loob ng kanyang bakuran at pamamahay?”  How could you be so stupid to say things like that. I just hope na kung pulis ka nga, hanggang sa patrolman ka na lang.  Are you telling the whole world na kahit anong crime ang gawing ng sinuman, basta’s nasa loob ng kanyang private property ay hindi pwedeng pakialaman ng kahit na isang pulis na pogi pero BOBONG katulad mo. Taka ako bakit ka naging pulis…

      • patrickinca

         Pulis nga eh.. kelan ka ba nakakita ng pulis na matalino? Lahat sila ay saksakan ng yabang tapos they are the law breakers rather than law upholders. lol

      • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

          e si makalintal kaya?  isearch mo bago ka magdunungdunugan!

        comelec guidelines on posters by romulo makalintal

      • $20174498

        Pulis ka ba talaga o Pulis character?

      • AntiAko

        Pulis patola yan, pare…

      • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

        ang puso mo…

      • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

         lahat?  sana maging biktima ka ng krimen.  tapos wag ka pumunta sa pulis ha!

      • Ivideo

        Kung ang pulis ay ikaw, eh talagang hinding hindi ako patutulong sayo.  Baka ako pa ikulong mo at hindi yung criminal. gag0

      • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

        at kung ikaw ang complainant na utak kriminal din lang, ikukulong talaga kita! mas gag0 ka…

      • patrickinca

         Di na kailangan ng pulis. Kasi kayo naman ang mga kriminal! Masmabilis pang dumating pizza delivery kaysa sa mga pulis. Kulang na nga kayo sa alam tungkol sa batas and procedures at backward or di ninyo sinusunod ang procedures. Philippine police are proven to be one of the most inferior police force in asia. Mga tamad kayo at mga corrupt pa. Sayang ang binabayad namin tax. For many years now with even countless times I carry my own protection and used it over and over again for I am trained to use it. I had used it against criminals and most of them are so called law enforcers themselves. Sabihin mo sa mga kasamahan mo na wala kayong lahat silbi. Puro yabang  at  suhol lang kayo at mga amo ninyong mga Mayors at kagawads. Wala ng bilib  sa inyo ang mga taong bayan kahit saan kang magtanong. Talaga hindi ako pupunta sa pulis kahit anong mangyari.

      • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

        hahahahaha. ano kinalaman ng comelec dito?

      • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

          e si makalintal kaya?  isearch mo bago ka magdunungdunugan!

        comelec guidelines on posters by romulo makalintal

      • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

         at saka crime ba ang paglagay ng poster expressing your opinion?

        gag0!

      • Ivideo

        Paano ka naging pulis?  Pinasok ka lang ba ng uncle mo o ninong mo kaya sa pagkapulis?  Siguro ang alam mong crime eh yung may binaril, ginahasa, sinaksak, at nakawan ano?  Saksakan ka ng B0B0 at GAG0.
        A crime is when you do something unlawful,  illegal and unacceptable act.  Act, which is against the COMELEC ruling.  You and I can hang posters of whoever we want to support but it must be within the bounds of the law.  The crime is the oversized tarpaulin and not who this stupid bishop Navarra’s lists of Team Patay senators and congressmen.  Why do you think Brillantes has the temerity to file criminal charges against him?  BECAUSE HE DID an unacceptable act and therefore it is a CRIME.  Gag0

      • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

        how sure are you that the comelec is right in this case? they lay the rules–yes. but if anyone violates it, it is still for the court to decide. and this early, the comelec is now facing setbacks in this issue, not the least of these is the opinion of makalintal, a better lawyer than brillantes. mas gag0 ka…

      • Ivideo

        You are really gung-gung!  I educated you of what constitute a crime is, as an answer to your question “is it a crime to hang a poster”   and here you are talking of a different thing.  

        “the comelec is now facing setbacks in this issue, not the least of these is the opinion of makalintal, a better lawyer than brillantes.”  What the hell do you mean by this?  Gag0 ka na estupido ka pa.  Palitan mo pangalan mo “Pulis na GAG0 mas bagay.

      • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

        hahaha, ubos na argumento mo?

      • Ivideo

        I think, it’s you who is running out of replies and reasonings.  I ask you to explain your comment but you came back saying I am running out of argument. It seems to me you wrote something that you did not understand the meaning of.  Did you just copy those words that you can’t expound on it?  GAG0

      • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

         tan ga ka kasi.  ang sinasabi ko e sino ka para mag judge na crime na agad ang ginawa ng simbahan sa bacolod.

        antayin mo sabihin ng korte at sa tingin ko, di mananalo ang comelec.

        may paeducated educated ka pa e obviously e ikaw ang mal edukado…

        gag0 ka rin!

        hahaha!

      • angie1875

        E kung minura mo ang kapitbahay mo sa poster sa bahay , pwede libel yong kaso di ba?

      • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

        wow ang labo dre. may nagmumura ba sa poster in question?

      • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

        so comelec concern na pala ang libel?

    • magsasakasanayon

      haha. another funny idiot.

      • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

         e si makalintal kaya?  isearch mo bago ka magdunungdunugan!

        comelec guidelines on posters by romulo makalintal

      • magsasakasanayon

        basahin mo muna ang omnibus election code, iho, para matauhan ka.

      • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

        nabasa ko na. kaya nga natauhan ako e…

    • Jane Tan

      Hinde ko sinasabi na matalino si Brillantes, pero masasabi ko na mas bobo ka pa sa kanya.

      • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

        e si makalintal kaya?  isearch mo bago ka magdunungdunugan!

        comelec guidelines on posters by romulo makalintal

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/R7LUSFMM7L3MR7TV6CRFPCALAQ Augusto

      Yes, that is true. The building is privately owned by the Roman Catholic Corporation of the Philippines but its use is for the public (parishioners) so it has a public character. I will buy your argument if the tarpulins are posted in the monastery or the seminary which is away from the public. Let us say, there are privately owned markets or hotels or department stores and yet those are considered public places because they are for public use. If we will sustain your argument, then, who will go to  the church to hear  masses if this is not a public place ? Who will go to these markets to buy commodities for their consumption if they are not for the public? Who will check-in for those hotels if that is not for the public?

      “It’s better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubts.”- Mark TWAIN: Wit and Wisecracks.

       Sir, next time you are tempted to open your mouth, please take advise from Mark TWAIN. Is that okay for you? 

      • AntiAko

        Bravo!

      • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

        hahaha, ang issue ay control ng owner sa nangyayari sa kanyang private space. kung ayaw ka papapasukin ng ng mall owner, wala ka magawa. kung ayaw ka papapasukin ng pari sa simbahan, wala ka rin magawa. ano public public na sinasabi mo? nakakapasok ang public sa mga private places na yan kasi may tolerance and permission ang owners!

        Sir, next time you are tempted to open your mouth, please take advise from Mark TWAIN. Is that okay for you?

    • sked482

      So ang sinasabi mo, kapag private ang isang lugar, pwede na gumawa ng labag sa batas sa loob nito, at wala ng pakialam ang kahit sino at ang gobyerno, dahil tutal ang paglabag sa batas nasa loob ng bakuran at pamamahay? Ayos ka lang?

      • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

        basta walang nagrereklamo, halos walang pakialam ang comelec…

      • Ivideo

        OMG!  anong presinto ka para masulatan ang superior mo at malaman kung gaano ka kata nga!

      • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

        hahaha, no more arguments?

    • AntiAko

      YUCKKK! Ang BOBO naman nitong nagpapanggap na pulis. Eh bakit nireraid ang mga gambling dens, mga casa, mga bahay kahalayan? Following your logic, this would not be justified nor legal since these crimes happen in private properties!

      A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, indeed…

      • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

        ul0l ka rin ano? ano ang similarity ng pag eexpress ng opinion sa gambling, casa, at kahalayan? at ang mga sinasabi mo ay police concern at hindi comelec concern.

        A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, indeed…

    • http://www.facebook.com/mark.lupaton Mark Lupaton

      Ipagdarasal ka na lang po namin Pulis na Pogi ng sa gayon ay mabigyan ng konting kaliwanagan ang iyong isipan. Pinapatawad ka namin dahil hindi mo alam ang iyong sinasabi.

      • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

        salamat sa dasal mo. isama mo na rin na may makulong na pari sa isyung ito. tingnan natin kung pinakikinggan nga ang dasal mo…

  • doublecross

    naku….pera lang yan ang kailangan….

  • wawa2172

    Whee, Sixto naman maayos na naka plastada ang Team Patay at Team Buhay sa harap nang simbahan at di nakalagay sa public place. Look at the posters nang mga  kandidato na naka bitay sa kawad ang mg kuryente, sa MRT at LRT post, at mukha ni PNoy na nga ngampanya na nakalatag sa front page nang newspapers.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZNY7QZZDDBH4EBGB5ZS4IOUATE mave

      so pwde ko din gawin yon sa pribado kung lupain? ganun?

    • AntiAko

      So hindi pala public place and simbahan? Pwede palang kasuhan ng simbahan ang sino mang ayaw nila for trespassing, kung ganun?

  • richard ortega

    hayaan na ng comelec ang bacolod church dahil katoliko na lang ang huhusga sa kanilang ginagawa. ako’y isang katoliko pero nakikita kung mali na ang gawa nila.

  • http://www.facebook.com/romualdo.seneris Romualdo Dondee Señeris

     separation of the State and the Church will be respected on this situation…

  • speedstream2

    Imagine a bishop sent to jail for an alleged violation of the applicable election law. Would that boost the image of the poll body even as some candidates thumb their noses at or run circles at the same law, albeit in very creative ways? Doesn’t the poll body have enough and bigger problems on its plate on which it can focus its attention instead of making a mountain out of a molehill? Well, couldn’t the same thing be said of the bishop?

    • okayayonip

      ang tiga comelec hindi nangangaral na gaya ng mga pari, ang aamga tiga simbahan ang dapat role model sa pagsunod ng batas hindi ang kung ano-anung dahilan komo hindi nasunod ang kagustuhan nila sa paggawa ng batas. banal kayo kaya kumilos at gumawa kayo ng kabanalan at hindi ang gawi ng maduming pulitika ang inyong ginagaya. give ceasar what is ceasar’s and god what is god’s.

  • mangtom

    Let’s see what the Supreme Court decision is. And hope the decision will be handed down before the election. 

  • hans0713

    hindi na nga pinakinggan ang mga panalangin pero kokontra pa rin. ganyan talaga ang iglesia katolika laging kontra sa tunay na pananampalataya.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CG6AWFVDA46M5DMR2G7VNAMFUM Mark

    “campaign materials ?” hehehe

  • patrickinca

    Campaigning is not allowed according to CANON Law stupid damasos!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZNY7QZZDDBH4EBGB5ZS4IOUATE mave

    What happend to the seperation of church and state? ………….. Binaboy?

    • okayayonip

      may limitation din ang separation at hindi eto absolute, tingnan mo kapag ang mga pari ay nag sex abuse lalo na sa mga minor de edad kinakasuhan din sila ganun din sa pagsuway ng batas sa eleksyon.

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    The Bacolod Diocese and Bishop Navarra’s proud and arrogant disregard of our election laws only show that indeed crime does not pray.

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  • txtman SUPOTiful Bading

    AHAHAY!

    MGA MIEMBRO NG TEAM BAKLA PUMUTAK ULI!

    SABAGAY DI BA ANG SABI SA BIBILIYA EH MGA “SHEPERD” DAW KAYO

    TAMANG TAMA

    DAHIL ANG TAGALOG NG SHEPERD AY “MANUNUPA”

    AHAHAHAY!

    PITIFUL 

  • ryan andres

    tsk tsk tsk… here we go again

  • andrew lim

    I think Bishop Navarra is just using the issue to gain attention to the  RH law again. 

    Team Buhay slogan:  Di Baleng Corrupt, Basta Kakampi ng Bishop! 

  • AntiAko

    Good decision, COMELEC. No one should be above the law in Philippines. 

  • rjimenez1226

    Arrest Bishop Navarra immediately! Those shameless violators of the law should be taught to respect the law of the land. The priests have been violating Pinoy girl and boy virginity for hundred of years already ;)

  • EM1019

    KAMOTE, ang daming illegal poster sa kalsada hindi kasuhan o idisqualify yung mga kandidato puro iimbestigahan wala namang nangyayari…etong pari dali dali nilang kakasuhan, bakit takot ba sila sa kandidato? kasuhan din nila yung naglalagay na sinasabi nilang “supporters” lang sila, dahil parang ganun lang rin ang simbahan sa sitwasyong to, hindi ako pabor sa simbahan pero pls naman be fair and consistent

  • Ivideo

    GO GO GO GO GO Comelec, Teach this stupid bishop navarra a lesson.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MJFXCRSCXRWPLL42QQKSINC3AQ Mamerto

    I (We) know…, that You (Comelec) know…, that

    the Clergy will never get convicted/punished for this election offense.
    The Supreme Court would certainly not “sustain” a “conviction by the lower court/courts.

    Worse Case Scenario : Conviction Sustained by the S.C.
    WHAT would happen next is that the President (P’noy) will ‘Pardon” the Good Bishop…,
    and then the Palace and the CBCP will be “Together Sweet Again”.

  • stealth ice

    This diocese must have forgotten that they are leaderless at this time. no one can save them for even their leader is still dispensable.

    This diocese should refrain from interferring in politics. they have no right to do bastardy political propaganda.

    This diocese cant even interfere in the election of the new pope.

  • pabloo6293

    Kung ako lang ay pababayaan ko na lang ang tarpaulin ng paring ito. Sino ba naman ang maniniwala sa kalokohang ito – Team Patay/Buhay?   Katoliko ako pero kapag ganyan na ang pinag-uutos ng pari, hindi ako susunod.

  • Camillo

    It’s cathedral, not “chatedral.”

  • observer1356

    [ addressed NOT to the COMELEC]

    ay, ti? kanami eh?

    how will your flock follow you when their opinions are split between agreeing and disagreeing with you?

    can’t you find any other issue more relevant than the RH bill which has become moot and academic now that it has been passed?

    nga-a budlay gid ina intindihon haw?

    daw madula man pag-respeto naton sa simbahan katoliko sinang ginahimo mo man?

  • mercuree

    Sana ituloy ng Comelec ang kaso kung hindi susunod ang simbahan. In this way, the Comelec is committing itself to be strict in implementing its rules. And it must pursue other violators of elections laws to prove that it is consistent. If the Comelec will be lenient with violations committed by candidates or their followers the public can rightly protest against such double-dealing.

  • isidro c. valencia

    Susmaryosep itong si Brillantes. 
    Bishop Navarra, hatiin pa ho ninyo ng 4 na beses to conform with Comelec size.
    Itong si Sixto, (sinto sinto) tingnan mo nga yong mga posters ng mga kandidatato na nakakabit magkakatabi, (hairline lang ang pagitan ng 2″ x 3″ ft), di ganon din yan. Hatiin pa sa apat.
    Dami daming violations dian sa tabi tabi ito pang ang kanyang pinag iinitan. Sino kaya ang nag order sa kanya. Hintayin na lang natin ang decision ng Supreme Court.

    • mercuree

      Good advice. Sana sundin ka ni Bishop Navarra.

    • Pongkam

      Give unto Caesars what is Caesars, and unto God what is Gods…
      Jesus respected the Law of Man, as should the Clergy.

      What the politicians has done, does not justify that the clergy should follow suit.

      Gone are the clergies of old, those well meaning priests, respected and revered.
      The Catholics will remain faithful to their religion, but will NOT turn a blind eye to erring and corrupt leaders of the Church.
      Nobody is above the LAW…

  • JuanTamadachi

    The law applies to all. 

    If the Bacolod clergy violated our election laws, then hale them to court and throw the book at them.

  • okayayonip

    dapat bigyan ng aral ang mga taong magaling sa pananalita at pangangaral ng mabuti sa ibang tao ngunit hindi sa kanyang kilos. walk the talk Padre Damaso.

  • okayayonip

    kung hindi makulit ang paring eto, bakit hindi na lang nila ikinabit ang tarpaulin na may mensahe nila sa loob ng simbahan kahit na balutin pa nila ang buong kalakhan nito total ang campaign naman nila sa para sa mga katoliko, hindi naman eto bibigyan ng pansin at baka pagtawanan pa sila ng mga INK, protestant, born again etc. bakit kukunti na lang ba ang member ninyo na pumapasok sa simbahan at padami ng padami ang lumilipat dahil sa baling ugali nyo.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HAPQVQNMOOCNHB54ONDGD2KSRE esther

    DAPAT IPAKULONG YANG MGA DAMASO NA YAN NANG MALAMAN NILA NA HINDI NA TAYO SA PANAHON NG KASTILA.

    • Eva Romero Cabrera

      ipakulong muna yung namimigay ng i-pad para maniwala kami na may bayag ang opisyales ng comelec…puro satsat lang ang mga yan…

  • kinutil

    Akala kasi ng mga PARI sila ang HARI na dapat ay lahat ay sumunod sa kanilang gusto at pati ang batas ay dapat susunod sa kanila.HINDI ba na sa panahon ni KRISTO inakusahan ng mga PARI si KRISTO dahil nagtuturo raw ng iba sa kanilang katuruan at dapat raw na si KRISTO ay susunod sa kanilang katuruan. AT hanggang ngayon tangaytangay pa rin ng mga PARI ang ganoong ugali na dapat ang lahat ay sumunod sa kanila.

  • joeybg

    Sabi sa interpretasyon ng mga Damaso sa Biblia na Tayo ay magparami kaya, sila rin ay tinutulungan tayong dumami…… tinuturuan nila ang mga Sakristan ng sex-education.

  • vilmavee

    The church is merely doing its obligations in pointing out the stand taken by some candidates that are contrary/run against the teachings of the Catholic faith. Because the teachings of the church are not amenbale to many unbelievers, the church suffers tremendous persecution. It is no secret that our beloved Pope Benedict XVI abdicated because of the great burdens of the Petrine Ministry which he could no longer carry…including the many addtional burdens brought on by those who made it their job to criticize so blindly and foolhardly. Yes, their perrsecutions has gone increasingly unabated.

    Our priests (thank God for that) will never surrender to these ever increasing persecutions including from the many blinded lapsed Catholics and non-believers. For as Jesus said “if you (meaning our priests unkindly tagged as Damasos) are hated by the world, remember the world hated Me first.”

    • patrickinca

      Campaigning is against CANON law if you are not familiar with the catholic dogmas and rules. There is a purpose to this and that is why the Vatican made this law. What the church is doing right now is persecuting the people who are not following the authority of the church and at the same time is going against CANON 12 paragraph 3. This country is not owned by the catholic church or even considered as a catholic country even if the majority of the population are catholics. this government cannot be even be considered as a catholic government for (let me broaden your environment) there are people who live in this country who are NOT CATHOLICS. Dogmas of the church is not and will never be considered as priority for the good everybody such as muslims, buddist, protestants, INCs, jehovas witnesses and even jews and we got a big population of pilipino jews if you are not familiar with them. This is designed to safeguard all religions. You have the right to believe what you believe and you have the right not to follow the so called RH-Bill. But you dont have any right to shove and force your ideas and beliefs to other people. Majority of non-believers are they themselves are special to Jesus christ so that is why he died on the cross. Remember the Centurion who doesnt know God but still does good deeds? You people are teaching a cruel God and not a kind and merciful loving God. If the beloved Pope John Paul II is still alive right now. He would put a stop to this and he had done it before during the 90s at pinagalitan niya si cardinal Sin noon. Go and research about it. Persecution? The only people that we see who are persecuting are them priest themselves.

      • vilmavee

        Campaigning is not a dogma or a rule of the Catholic church.  Also, the Canon Law consists of Books with corresponding titles and not of Chapters as you pointed out. 

        There are people who because of their great dislike for the teachings of the church would go into a great length of pretending to know something to rationalize their own irrationality. 

    • magsasakasanayon

      idiot. no one is telling the priests/bishops to campaign for or against candidates. all the comelec is pointing out is that they should follow the omnibus election code just like the rest of us.

      • vilmavee

        I recall a centurion during our Lord’s passion who asked Jesus a question and His answer did not sit well with him, and he hit Jesus on the face.

        Now I ask, if my blog does not sit well with your own opinion, why call me an idiot?

  • samarutan

    If the people at the helm of  Diocese of Bacolod think that what they have done will help the candidates they support, they are mistaken. On the contrary, what they did will alienate most of their thinking flock. Filipino Catholics  are not bunch of Iglesia Ni Cristo fanatics who’ll follow blindly Manalo’s dictum. There is no such thing as Catholic vote in our country. Get real!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    SUNUGIN ANG SIMBAHAN NG BACOLOD PURO DEMONYO ANG NAG PAPALAKAD NIYAN MGA MAPIA ORGANIZATION NA NAKAPUTI HUDAS NAMAN GUS2 MAG PARAMI NG BATANG HUBO AKALA SIGURO ANG PINAS POULTRY CBCP BISHOPS SALOT! CARDINAL TAGLE UTAK MANOK!

    • vilmavee

      You are one of those mentioned in the end times in the Book of Revelation.  People would speak blasphemy against the Church because of their great hatred for it. 

      If your allegations were true, why not file a case against these men in court to prove your charge.  It is easy to just blurt out venomous words without any proof to substantiate their claims.

      BTW, Cardinal Tagle is well respected in the International community because of his intelligence and great love for the church.  And you, do you have any credentials to match the good Cardinal save for having a foul mouth?

  • jimi_c

    Bishop Navarro does not represent the catholic believers, he disrespect the law and support politicians with questionable records and corrupt.  The church leaders now lack discipline.

  • frudo

    wla nman saysay yan wag na pansinin kasi lalo lang sumisikat, wala naman katolik vote. marami na tao di naniniwala sa kanila, 

  • patrickinca

    Campaigning is against CANON law if you are not familiar with the
    catholic dogmas and rules. There is a purpose to this and that is why
    the Vatican made this law. What the church is doing right now is
    persecuting the people who are not following the authority of the church
    and at the same time is going against CANON 12 paragraph 3. This
    country is not owned by the catholic church or even considered as a
    catholic country even if the majority of the population are catholics.
    this government cannot be even be considered as a catholic government
    for (let me broaden your environment) there are people who live in this
    country who are NOT CATHOLICS. Dogmas of the church is not and will
    never be considered as priority for the good everybody such as muslims,
    buddist, protestants, INCs, jehovas witnesses and even jews and we got a
    big population of pilipino jews if you are not familiar with them. This
    is designed to safeguard all religions. You have the right to believe
    what you believe and you have the right not to follow the so called
    RH-Bill. But you dont have any right to shove and force your ideas and
    beliefs to other people. Majority of non-believers are they themselves
    are special to Jesus christ so that is why he died on the cross.
    Remember the Centurion who doesnt know God but still does good deeds?
    You people are teaching a cruel God and not a kind and merciful loving
    God. If the beloved Pope John Paul II is still alive right now. He would
    put a stop to this and he had done it before during the 90s at
    pinagalitan niya si cardinal Sin noon. Go and research about it.
    Persecution? The only people that we see who are persecuting are them
    priest themselves. 

    • vilmavee

      Please know that dogmas and canon law are not one and the same.  An example of the Catholic dogma is that Jesus died to save the world. 

      Please check your facts.

  • Marx Louis Wang

    ANG TAGAL…

  • Marx Louis Wang

    gusto kong sumulat ng aklat… NOLI ME TANGERE II.

  • Ivideo

    I think, it’s you who is running out of replies and reasonings.  I ask you to explain your comment but you came back saying I am running out of argument. It seems to me you wrote something that you did not understand the meaning of.  Did you just copy those words that you can’t expound on it?  GAG0

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