Poll lawyer wants priests, lay leaders kicked out of PPCRV


MANILA, Philippines – Priests and lay leaders should leave the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) because they are no longer neutral election watchdogs, an election lawyer said Thursday.

Lawyer Romeo Macalintal said in an interview with Radyo Inquirer 990AM that some of the church’s leaders have shown themselves to be “politically active.”

Atty. Romeo Macalintal. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

“Lay leaders should have no relation to the [PPCRV] and the [PPCRV] should not be identified with the church which is now politically active,” Macalintal said.

“[They] should not join PPCRV so they won’t have an opportunity to campaign the political issues being pushed by the church,” he said.

One example of such campaigning was the infamous “Team Patay, Team Buhay” tarpaulins displayed in front of the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City.

Listed under “Team Patay” were the senatorial candidates who voted in favor of the Reproductive Health law while those under “Team Buhay” were the ones who fought against it.

The Church maintained that it was not campaigning but merely a continuing the church’s own advocacy.

Macalintal said that “it would run counter to their position as neutral election watchdog of the Comelec.”

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  • pubringjuandelacruz

    the man has a point… a very good point!!!

    • joshmale2004

      although he was a Comelec advisor to GMA during her Presidency, Atty macalintal is a very intelligent lawyer and has lots of common sense.

  • legislex

    I fully agree with the opinion of Atty. Macalintal. The Catholic Church has been campaigning for Team Buhay and campaigning against Team Patay. They are no longer neutral insofar as this election is concerned. Thus, the Catholic Church should no longer participate in the activities of PPCRV.

  • jinx

    Now, you’re talking Atty. Macalintal! We’re absolutely behind you on this, and let’s make it official that our RCC leaders are indeed politically involved in this election, tax free.

  • joshmale2004

    We salute you atty Macalintal for your frontal statement even risking the ire of the powerful CBCP.

  • pinoy_gwapos

    yes he has a point….. ano ang PPCRV? Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting? pano aalisin ang pari at lay leaders eh sila ang bumubuo ng council na yaan! bakit di na lang sabihin ni Atty na i- abolish na lang ang PPCRV?

  • http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/ Lucky Luciano

    Yari ka sa CBCP. Hindi nila hahalikan paa mo.

    CBCP is powerful in PH alright, They’re backed by a bronze age gullible fans club.

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    * * * * * *

    Mr. Atty. Makalintal might as well ask the DepEd to prohibit the teaching of religion in schools run by Catholic orders. If the good lawyer is serious, he should instead petition the Comelec to withdraw the accreditation it gave to the PPCRV as a poll watchdog, as per Comelec Resolution SPP No. 12-197, 23 November 2012. The ground would be that the watchdog has become rabid.

  • Mr Moonlight

    absolutely true!!! get those motherf*cking CBCP sickos out of CCPRV
    they are a bunch of pedophiles, greedy clergies na hayok na hayok sa datong

    • Guest

      ‘dre konting lamig.
      CCPRV na tuloy nai-type mo.
      pero naintindihan kita. bwisit kasi ‘tong mga boy lovers na ito.
      dagdagan ko – disillusioned montero-lovers, irrelevant hypocrites, attention-seeking self-loving know-it-all wolves in sheep’s clothing.

      • Mr Moonlight

        my apology, na miss-type ko

  • alex_diaz2014

    Totally agree with Atty. Macalintal. Since the Catholic church has engaged in partisan politics by campaigning for and against certain candidates as best exemplified by team patay and team buhay, they have no business being election watchdog. Besides, it cannot be denied that in 2004, number of Catholic priests and nuns participated, either directly or indirectly, wittingly or unwittingly in the massive presidential election cheating, to ensure GMA’s victory against FPJ.

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  • Mr Moonlight

    In reality the so called lay leaders wants to lay down in bed with young boys and girls and this is not a simple case of accusations, it has been proven time and time again, in united states, huge numbers of clergies has been convicted of sexual abuses, it is even far worse in the philippines
    Lets jeers for Team Tatay a big cheers for Team Patay

  • marionics

    this is very objective of romy mak knowing that he is also a devout catholic anti rh advocate



  • haybuhay69

    ok sana, kaso nalimutan nya na yung ppcrv eh isang church org. hehe
    PPCRV – Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting

    Ang dapat eh buong PPCRV ang alisin as election watchdog, ibalik nalang yung NAMFREL

  • carlorocci

    Matagal na talaga dapat paalisin yan mga iyan….Dahil sila ay galing sa simbahan at di dapat na ngingi-alam sa gawain sa gobyerno, ehhh….

  • RyanE

    As usual, the RC church wants to meddle in everything under the sun except paying taxes.. tsk.tsk

  • Crazy_horse101010

    the priests are now expanding from child rape priest kelvin wallin waterbury conn. usa sold 1.7 kilograms of meth or shabu to undercover cops did it 6 times because of plea bargain 15 year he will get sentence. he has been fired by the church this the second one in america another was caught selling coke a couple of months ago. both were in their 60s getting funded for their retirement i suppose.

  • John atm

    Not only make sense atty but it is the right thing to do.

  • jerryocampo

    Medyo ata kailangang mag-research muna si Atty. Macalintal bago mag-press release, para naman hindi magmukhang, you know, estupido.

    Una, ang PPCRV was created by the Catholic Church. Notice the name: PARISH PASTORAL Council for Responsible Voting.

    Pangalawa, 3 ang accredited citizen’s arm ngayong 2013 elecitons: PPCRV, NAMFREL at ONE VOTE. Ang ONE VOTE ay isang organization ng mga EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS. Now, following the logic of Atty. Macalintal, dapat rin bang umalis ang mga pastor at evangelical lay leaders mula sa ONE VOTE?

    O baka naman kaya hindi alam ito ni atorni. Mag research ka, atorni, mag-research.

    • popeyee

      PPCRV lang ang binanggit ni Makalintal, and since the letter P in PPCRV means Parish, then it goes to show na di na dapat sila pwding maging watchdog…. Kung ang mga bumubuo ng One Vote ay nangangapanya rin for or against any candidate, then they don’t have business as neutral election watchdog..research boy, research..

  • kapatad

    Kaya nga di na sumama ang archdiocese of Lipa sa PPCRV para malutas ang problema ni Macalintal eh.


    NOT a good suggestion.

    WHY? Hasn’t he heard that god wants the line-up of the naka-sayang puti to win, imputed in the claim, “Vote as God the author of life would wish you to vote” ? Aba, gagabaan si Mac sa gusto nyang mangyari….baka tubuan ng kurikong sa ilong si Mac sa anunsyo niyang ito! ;)

    Buti pa, asikasuhin nyang mabuti na mapatawan ng buwis ang lahat ng simabahan sa bayan sa apaw-apaw ng kwartang isinasampa ng mga ito linggo-linggo sa kaban nila. Yang INK lamang, anak ng zapote, daig pa ang isang malaking industry sa kinkikita nito 2x sa isang linggo….masdan ang pagdami ng mga naglalakihang sambahan ng mga TNL na yan….at yong ginagawa nilang THE BIGGEST INDOOR ARENA on earth sa Bulacan….tila sa Baliuag o Bocaue. Sa investments naman, halos lahat ng mga simabahan ay may kanya-kanyang ina-alagaang mga sisiw sa PSEI, at ang pinakamalaki ay ang mga RCCh. Patawan ng buwis ang mga TNL na yan para pantay-pantay ang labanan sa pamumuhay sa bayan…hindi yong iba ay nakiki-ride lamang sa pawis, pagod, at dugo ng iba.

  • johnvforeighner

    Another candidate to join Pnoy and be ex-communicated.
    I totally agree, the church does not belong in Politics, I remember reading Jesus said, something about “what is Roman, belongs to Rome” or words to that effect, in other words its not their business to interfere…. So get the hell out

  • Luthmar

    Cardinal Tagle, what would you say to Atty. Macalintal’s statement?

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