TO: ALL PARISH PRIESTS, PPC OFFICERS AND MEMBERS OF MINISTRIES AND CHURCH ORGANIZATIONS
RE: BARANGAY AND SK ELECTION POLICY
Peace of the Risen Lord!
In connection with the forthcoming Barangay Election on May 14, 2018, we reiterate our previous communication regarding our policy for Lay Leaders and members of organizations in the Diocese of Cubao who running for elective positions.
The encouraging number of lay faithful in the Diocese who have signifies their intention to seek for elective position is a welcome development as this is in line with the mission of the Church to renew the political affairs according to Gospel principles and values. The Second Plenary Council of the Philippines (PCP II) states: “In the Philippines today, given the general perception that politics has become an obstacle to integral development, the urgent necessity is for the lay faithful to participate more actively, with singular competence and integrity, in political affairs” (PCP II, 348).
While we encourage this development, we also wish to guard the Church against possible accusation of critics for undue advantage of lay candidates who might be perceived of using the Church for partisan exercise. To avoid this problem, we are issuing the following guidelines to be followed by officers and members of any Church organization in the Diocese who are running for elective positions:
1. Incumbent officers or member of any Church organization, who are running for elective position, shall be considered resigned from their respective positions effective upon filing their Certificate of Candidacy (COC).
2. Those who lost during the election may opt to apply to go back to their previous positions but subject to the approval of the Parish Priest.
3. Those who gets elected and may wish to continue serving in the parish cannot serve as officer but as ordinary member only. Their application to continue serving the parish is subject to the approval of the Parish Priest.
4. This policy also covers the youth (who are officers/members of the Parish Youth Ministry) who are also running for position in the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) election.
As I implore God’s blessings for those who have decided to seek public service, let me quote PCP II #351 which says: “In order that politics may truly be renewed, Catholics who are given a charge of public life faithfully abide by the Gospel and by the moral and social teachings of the Church, given parameters of religious liberty. In a special way, in the context of our political imbalances, the following truths must guide the participation of Catholics in political life:
a. that the basic standard for participation be the pursuit of the common good;
b. that participation be characterized by a defense and promotion of justice;
c. that participation be inspired and guided by the spirit of service;
d. that it be imbued with a love of preference for the poor; and,
e. that empowering people be carried out as a process and as goal of political activity.”
My warmest greetings and hope for a Credible, Honest, Accurate, Meaningful and Peaceful (CHAMP) Barangay and SK Election on May 14, 2018.
God bless us all!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
+ HONESTO F. ONGTIOCO, D.D.
Bishop of Cubao