Cardinal expresses gratitude to people behind the successful may polls

May 13, 2010 7:38 pm 

MANILA, May 13 — MANILA Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales expressed gratitude to all the people behind the success of the country’s first automated process of elections.

In his homily, the Cardinal said what transpired in the May 10 national and local polls is worth thanking since many people from various sectors took part to ensure “clean and peaceful” electoral exercises.

“How do you call these people? We will call them by one word. They are gifts,” he said, during the Thanksgiving Mass held at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, Manila, Thursday noon.

Although, he admitted that there were glitches, he is happy with what the people behind the polls have achieved.

“Yes, we have to admit there were flaws… it wasn’t perfect and I don’t think (there’s such one) but by and large it was a successful election… peaceful, honest, and truthful,” Rosales added.

“From the voters, Comelec officials, PPCRV volunteers, military, police and even the media, they are all part of the “great things given by God,” he said

The liturgical celebration was attended by Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Gen. Delfin Bangit and Philippine National Police chief Gen. Jesus Verzosa and other ranking military and police officials.

Also present during the mass were Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Rene Sarmiento and Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) chairperson Henrietta de Villa.

Meanwhile, the Cardinal said that service and leadership should be innate in the country’s newly elected leaders, since these qualities are what the people are looking for in their leaders.

“What do we expect from our leaders aside from service? Leadership,” he added.

Rosales said the people want leaders who will not only encourage them but also give example.

“We want leaders who will be simple. We want our leaders not to be arrogant. We want our leaders to be humble. Give service to the people…” he said.

The Cardinal asked the people to help their leaders especially in addressing the different problems in the country such as poverty, unemployment, corruption and peace. (PNA) LOR/FGP/utb

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