Lipa archdiocese seeks Comelec accreditation

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Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles. Photo from southernluzoninquirer.com

MANILA, Philippines—The Archdiocese of Lipa, which has cut its ties with the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), an official citizen’s arm of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), wants its own accreditation from the poll body.

According to Comelec Chair Sixto Brillantes, he received a letter from Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles seeking accreditation for his diocese in the May polls.

“He wrote me a letter seeking accreditation for his diocese,” Brillantes said.

However, Brillantes said he would inform the Catholic prelate that the poll body is already done with the accreditation process.

But Brillantes said Arguelles has the option of joining other existing citizens’ groups.

Apart from the PPCRV, the Comlec has also accredited the National Citizens Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel), One Vote and the C-CARE as citizens’ arms for next month’s elections.

It may be recalled that Arguelles said the archdiocese’s clergy decided to cut its links with the Church-based group upon learning that they would not be allowed to view the contents of the fourth copy of the election returns that their volunteers would have collected on Election Day before sending it to the PPCRV.

Arguelles he has lost confidence in the PPCRV and criticized the group’s “objectivity” in performing its duties as poll watchdog. Arguelles has refused to work with Namfrel.

However, he assured that archdiocese would still mobilize their volunteers and help ensure credible and orderly elections in Batangas province.

PPCRV chair Henrietta de Villa, for her part, said she respects the decision of the prelate but added that the PPCRV would “just go on with its duty.”

“I respect his decision, but we in the PPCRV, we are business as usual. Thank God other dioceses didn’t follow,” she said.

De Villa, a former ambassador to the Vatican, added that they were open to criticisms especially with their kind of work.

“Some may like it, some may not, to us that’s okay. It doesn’t matter whether it comes from a bishop or [an ordinary] person. We’ll still act on their complaint,” said De Villa.

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  • brunogiordano

    “Arguelles he has lost confidence in the PPCRV and criticized the group’s “objectivity” in performing its duties as poll watchdog. Arguelles has refused to work with Namfrel.”

    ARGUELLES??????

    Lalong hindi dapat paniwalaan at pagkatiwalaan.

  • regd

    There is no cure for stupid.

  • regd

    They have team buhay, team patay. They detest and campaign against the administration and other politicians. And they proclaim themselves as neutral watchdog? This is one big defective church infested with termites.

  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    ARGUELLES NA-AGRABIADO? MAY MUTA KA RIN SA MATA!

  • Concur_Dissent

    PARI nanaman! Cardinal Tagle, pwede po bang bigyan nyo ang mga eto ng GAG ORDER??

  • Hey_Dudes

    Tignan ninyo itong simbahan katoliko. Malamang magugunao na ang South at North Korea sa naka-abang na nuclear war nila pero itong mga CBCP obispos e politiko pa rin ang pinagkaka-abalahan?

  • Ulipur

    It is, in fact, very unfair to compare Tita de Villa dito kay Ramon Arguelles. Tita de Villa is a level-headed person.

  • hardyakka

    Bakit kailangan pa nilang makialam sa pulitika…

  • Mr Moonlight

    Hey pedophiles, team tatay, stay away from politics. you are no longer eligible for accredition, you freaking dirty rotten clergies shame on you!

  • Dax Cogitlog

    Separation of CHURCH and STATE? These two screwed us up enough! So both of them together is a certain death.Sucker!!!

  • Mr Moonlight

    CBCP are like MAGGOTS!

  • mavtan

    NO! These priests are relentless, they need to learn when to shut up.

  • Mr Moonlight

    hey bishop arguelles you have nothing better to do,? Go to bilibid prison and give the inmates a real nice blo jobs

  • azkal futbol

    who believes in this damaso’s?

  • 33Sambuang2

    nakisawsaw ka naman naman suv bishop. tumigil ka na.

  • http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/ Lucky Luciano

    Hahahaha, hindi na makakaahon sa kababuyan ang simbahang katoliko. Kahit anong gimik pa at Kahit ilang pope pa ang magresign. Salamat sa mga tulad ni Arguelles na nagpapatunay na negosyo lang ang relihiyon, at tanga lang ang mga tumatangkilik. Amen!!!

  • Gu3st

    now, they really want it legal.. no more separation of church and state.. can the government lift the tax exemptions of these religious institutions,,, they are involved in politics anyway

  • UrHONOR

    THERE he/she/it goes again! Malamang may mysterious hidden desire ang TNL na yan maging governor-general ayon sa panahon ni damaso. Nakakapagtaka dahil sa dinami-dami ng mga naka-sayang puti na may helmet, siya lang itong busa-ng-busa sa bawat galaw ng pamahalaan. a, puro tabinge naman ang dating ng mga pinalulutang nyang mga kaisipan. Ano kaya kung i-substitute na lang itong si Argueles kay Nancy B for seneytor para: 1) Masiyahan at lumigaya si Argueles, at 2) Hindi na ma-awa pa si ama sa paglingap sa anak.

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