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Friday, February 26, 2010

JC got bishops' support

Two bishops go for ‘Kapatiran’
BY GERARD NAVAL - malaya.com.ph
LIPA Archbishop Ramon Arguelles and Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra yesterday said they are supporting the Ang Kapatiran party and its presidential candidate, John Carlos delos Reyes, a councilor of Olongapo City.

"I’m supporting JC de Los Reyes and other Ang Kapatiran candidates but that is my personal position," said Navarra.

"I am endorsing JC de Los Reyes and other Ang Kapatiran candidates. Some will say that di naman sila mananalo pero that is my position," said Arguelles.

The two said they both believe it is only Ang Kapatiran that is sincere in bringing political change.

"Sila lang kasi nakikita ko na may sincerity, honest and with clear platform of government," said Arguelles.

The statements of Arguelles and Navarra came as a surprise because the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines has been very firm in being non-partisan in elections.

Archbishop emeritus Oscar Cruz, a Canon Law expert and former CBCP president, said Arguelles and Navarra did not violate any Church law.

"There is no canonical violation, strictly speaking, but it could be pastorally imprudent as of the moment," Cruz said.

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