by KATHERINE K. CHAN
MANILA ARCHBISHOP Jose Cardinal Advincula urged volunteers of election watchdog Parish Pastoral Church for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) to bring ‘Christian presence’ to politics, a few hours before the partial and unofficial election results were transmitted to the command center.
“I gladly take this opportunity to thank all of you in this important task of serving the nation, of bringing the light of the Gospel and Christian presence in the political realm. Allow the sweet order of Christ to permeate all that you do as PPCRV volunteers,” the prelate said in his homily during the mass for PPCRV volunteers last Monday.
The PPCRV command center situated at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion continues to receive electoral results for its unofficial parallel count with the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas.
Advincula expressed hope that the volunteers’ mission in this election would become a mission of holiness and heroism. He also cited qualities that Filipinos should look for in a leader.
“Jesus gives us the qualities of those who have the right to enter the sheep gate […] Shoulders broad enough to carry burdens. A heart big enough to contain compassion for everyone. And hence, flexible enough to help in many different ways as needed,” Advincula said.
The cardinal concluded his homily by calling on volunteers to allow their efforts reflect that “we belong to Jesus” and “Jesus belongs to us.”
Presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. and his running mate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte hold commanding leads over their rivals based on the partial and unofficial results of the 2022 national polls.
Nearly 98 percent of poll precincts have transmitted votes as of 2:32 p.m. F