MANILA Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advicula lauded volunteers of thel Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) for being watchdogs at polling precincts, in a Mass at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion on May 9.

“Pope Francis said that during this pandemic, we have seen heroes and saints next door. Nawa’y ang misyon niyo bilang PPCRV volunteers ay maging misyon ng kabanalan at kabayanihan,” Advincula said in his homily.

“May our entire life, including the activities we engage ourselves in like serving as voters’ assistants as well as poll watchers to help ensure order in the polling precinct, show that we belong to Jesus and that Jesus belongs to us,” Advincula added.

The Manila archbishop also urged Catholics to pray for compassionate and responsible leaders.

“We pray that they may have shoulders broad enough to carry burdens, a heart big enough to maintain compassion to everyone and hands flexible enough to help in many different ways as needed,” Advincula said.

Volunteers are tasked to manually audit and verify election returns.

The PPCRV will occupy the sports complex for 32 days: two weeks before and two weeks after the May 9 elections.

The church-based poll watchdog operates the “transparency” servers that receive electronically transmitted results from polling precincts every election along with the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas. M.C.L. Serquiña and Eduelle Jan T. Macababbad


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