OBISPO, READY FOR JAIL RE 'TEAM BUHAY', 'TEAM PATAY' STREAMER CAMPAIGN / TAKES FLIGHT TO SC
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MANILA, MARCH 4, 2013 (PILIPINO STAR NGAYON) Ni Doris Borja - Handang magpakulong si Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra sakaling kasuhan ng Commission on Elections (Comelec) kaugnay sa inilagay na “Team Patay” at “Team Buhay” tarpaulin ng mga kandidato sa harapan ng San Sebastian Cathedral.
Ayon sa obispo, hindi campaign material ang naturang streamer kundi isang awareness campaign laban sa RH Law at walang intensiyon ang simbahan na ikampanya ang mga ito.
Iginiit nito na walang kandidato na sinusuportahan ang Simbahan para sa halalan at ang paglagay ng pangalan ng mga kandidato ay incidental lamang dahil nalalapit na ang halalan. Depensa ng obispo, gusto lamang ng Simbahan na ipaalam sa mamamayan kung sinong mga mambabatas ang sumuporta at tumutol sa kontrobersiyal na RH Law.
Una rito, nagbabala ang Comelec na maaaring maharap sa mga kasong may kaugnayan sa election offense si Navarra kung magmamatigas umano itong ipatanggal ang kontrobersyal na poster.
Kahapon, nagpadala na ng ultimatum ang poll body laban sa mga opisyal ng simbahan upang baklasin ang napakalaking poster na bagama’t hinati ay nananatili pa ring oversized.
FROM THE INQUIRER
Bacolod bishop takes fight with Comelec to SC By Carla P. Gomez Inquirer Visayas 2:13 pm | Friday, March 1st, 2013
[A Catholic church in Bacolod has cut in half a tarpaulin that tells the faithful whom to vote for and whom to junk in the May senatorial elections (“Team Buhay, Team Patay”). The Commission on Elections says the 6-foot-by-10-foot tarpaulin violates the rule on campaign material sizes, prompting the church to cut it. Despite the cut, the two tarpaulins still do not meet the 2-foot-by-3-foot rule of the Omnibus Election Code. CARLA GOMEZ/INQUIRER VISAYAS FILE PHOTO]
BACOLOD CITY, Philippines—Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra asked the Supreme Court on Friday to stop the Commission on Elections from ordering the prelate to remove a “Team Patay/Team Buhay” tarpaulin listing the candidates its support and those it repudiates from the front of the San Sebastian Cathedral.
“On behalf of bishop and the Diocese of Bacolod, I have just filed with the Supreme Court a petition for certiorari and prohibition with application for injunction and TRO vs. the Comelec,” Navarra’s lawyer Ralph Sarmiento said.
Sarmiento said the petition was received by the Supreme Court at 8:26 a.m. Friday and docketed as SC-G.R. No. 205728.
The petitioners, the Diocese of Bacolod represented by Navarra and Navarra himself in his personal capacity, assailed a Comelec order directing Navarra to remove the Team Patay/Team Buhay tarpaulin posted on the wall of Bacolod San Sebastian Cathedral.
Invoking the right to freedom of expression and the principle of separation of Church and State, the petitioners maintain that these orders were unconstitutional and void, Sarmiento said.
The petitioners also asked to permanently restrain the Comelec and its officials from enforcing the questioned orders, he said.
Seven senatorial candidates were tagged by the diocese as members of “Team Patay” for having voted for the approval of the Reproductive Health Law that the church opposed. These were Juan Edgardo Angara, Francis Escudero, Loren Legarda, Alan Peter Cayetano, Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel, Teddy Casiño and Jack Enrile.
The party-list groups Gabriela, Bayan Muna, Akbayan and Anak Pawis were also on the “Team Patay” list.
Six senatorial candidates, Joseph Victor Ejercito-Estrada, Antonio Trillanes, Gregorio Honasan, Mitos Magsaysay, Koko Pimentel and Cynthia Villar, were on the Team Buhay list for having opposed the RH Law.
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