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Palace brushes off Catholic bishops’ ‘no-el’ warning

By: - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ
/ 03:14 PM January 31, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Thursday dismissed the concern of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) for a no-election scenario this 2019 due to the draft federalism charter passed at the House of Representatives.

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In a statement, CBCP warned the public against moves to cancel the midterm elections this May, citing the “vague” House version of a federal constitution.

“Its version of federalism is vague and it will do away with the 2019 elections,” CBCP said following their plenary assembly in Manila over the weekend.

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Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo downplayed this cautionary of Catholic bishops.

“There is no connection with that, I cannot see a connection. The President said there would be elections and it will be clean, honest and credible,” Panelo said in a Palace briefing.

Duterte has previously said elections would not only be held as scheduled but would also be clean and orderly, dousing speculations of a no-election scenario.

READ: Duterte vows clean elections in 2019, warns pols on guns

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