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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesTuesday, January 29, 2013
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‘Diocesan electoral
board neutral’


The Diocesan Electoral Board of the Diocese of Dumaguete has clarified that it is only a convenor for all the “workhorses” during local and national elections and that it remains neutral as records will show.

“Our cause is meaningful as ever”, Fred Magallano, a member of the DEB and also of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting, said.

Magallano said the RH Bill, is never an issue in the DEB, and that not everyone in the DEB supports the anti-RH stand of the Catholic Church.

The clarification was made because of doubts cast by some quarters on the credibility of the DEB in the May 13 elections.

Magallano said the composition of the DEB reflects its neutrality and the membership of the Board include the National Movement for Free Elections, PPCRV, the Department of Education, the Philippine National Police, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine Information Agency, the media, AAGOGO, Social Action Center, St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish and the COMELEC.

Working also on supportive roles are the churches to include the Roman Catholic Church, the UCCP and the Philippine Independent Church, campus youth ministries, teachers, IT practitioners, accountants, and lawyers of LENTE.

On complaints regarding elections issues, the DEB is never an adjudicatory board, Magallano clarified.

He said this is an ignorance that must be corrected as they have emphasized that the role of the DEB is to strongly and consistently support the work of the COMELEC towards adopting the battle cry of PPCRV which is for a Clean, Honest, Accurate, Meaningful, and Peaceful elections.*JFP

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