Bishops warn on ‘no-el’ scenario

January 31, 2019
Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines
Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines

THE Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has warned of attempts to avoid the midterm elections.

In a statement, the CBCP urged the public to turn their attention to the “threat” that the Lower House’s version of the federal constitution poses.

“Its version of federalism is vague and it will do away with the 2019 elections. We denounce any attempt to avoid the elections. This right of the people to vote should not be shelved,” the bishops said.

The church officials issued the warning after their plenary assembly in Manila over the weekend.

The CBCP said the Charter change bill passed by the lower chamber and now being dangled to the senators is a serious and “more insidious” matter that people should look into.

“It takes away the term limits of most of the elected officials and allows political dynasties to continue,” the group of prelates said.

The draft federal constitution, they claimed, also opens the national resources to foreign ownership and eventual control.

“Let us be vigilant in what is happening. Let us not just be on-lookers but let us be involved,” the bishops said.