Bacolod bishop Vicente Navarra yesterday reminded newly elected officials in the country, especially those in the local government, that theirs is not a position of power, but a position of service.
Citing the results in Bacolod City, where elected congressman Evelio Leonardia and elected mayor Monico Puentevella come from different parties, Navarra said both camps should try to reconcile and work for the common good and help uplift the condition of the poor.
He is also asking the elected officials to help the church in educating the people to be more conscious of their rights as citizens of the country.
“As good leaders, our elected officials should show that the people can depend on them,” Bishop Navarra said.
On the church “Team Patay, Team Buhay” anti-RH Law campaign that led to the filing of legal action by the Commission on Election against the Diocese of Bacolod, Navarra said they are still waiting for an update from the Supreme Court.
The bishop reiterated that he is satisfied with the results of the elections and the response of the people to the pro-life campaign of the church.
“The people responded very well. Although not all of them came out, the mere fact that we have made the campaign and arouse the consciousness of the people on the sanctity of human life, especially the unborn, for me, that is already a good sign,” Navarra said.
He added that the good amount of votes that Kapatiran candidates gained is another sign that the people are getting conscious of the church.
The Diocese of Bacolod listed under it’s “Team Buhay” candidates JV Estrada, Gregorio Honasan, Mitos Magsaysay, Koko Pimentel, Antonio Trillanes and Cynthia Villar, while those listed under the “Team Patay” were Juan Edgardo Angara, Teddy Casiño, Alan Peter Cayetano, Jackie Enrile, Francis Escudero, Risa Hontiveros, and Loren Legarda.
Among the “Team Buhay” candidates, only Mitos Magsaysay had failed to break into the Top 12, as of press time.*NAB