Military leadership joins thanksgiving prayers for success of elections

May 13, 2010 7:38 pm 

MANILA, May 13 — Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines attended a thanksgiving service and mass for the successful conduct of the Honest, Orderly and Peaceful Elections (HOPE) 2010 at the Greenhills Christian Fellowship in Ortigas Center, Pasig City and the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, Manila 9:30 a.m. and 12 noon Thursday.

The Deputy Chief of Staff AFP, Rear Admiral Emilio Marayag Jr. represented the Chief of Staff, AFP Gen. Delfin Natividad Bangit in the morning’s event, together with representatives from the major services of the AFP, soldiers involved in the security operations for the elections, members of different Christian groups and the Philippine National Police.

Bishop Efren Tindero, Director General of the Philippine Council for Evangelical Churches, thanked the soldiers and the policemen for the success of the elections.

Tindero and all the members of the Christian Group during the activity raised their hands over the heads of the soldiers and policemen in a pray-over for a job- well-done for the nation.

“Father, in front of you are ministers of justice, ministers for the good of our nation. Father, we thank you for the AFP and the PNP for guarding the nation. We pray that you continue to guide our military and police leaders so that they will have your blessing to do what is good, what is honorable, what is praiseworthy and to do what is right,” Tindero said in his prayer.

Tindero initiated the gathering of different Christian groups for the morning activity wherein four pastors coming from different Christian groups grace their blessing and prayers for the AFP and PNP as well as for the country.

Bangit joined the thanksgiving mass held at the Manila Cathedral in the afternoon with Manila Archbishop Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales as the mass celebrant in the last day of prayer for the peaceful conduct of elections.

“We take pride for the success of the election. We are very proud for our country. I am very proud being a Filipino because of the success of our elections," he said.

“What is the meaning of people and watchers lining up as early as 5 am up to 3:30 pm some without even taking their lunch? What is the meaning of soldiers of the AFP making sure that peace is secured and the members of the PNP maintaining peace and order? What is the meaning of the media keeping the people informed? The Comelec officials, the people who prayed, the volunteers of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting,” Rosales said during the homily.

“They are gifts to the Filipino people who are now deservingly proud of the country and the democracy,” Rosales continued.

Present in the event were Comelec Commissioner Jose Melo and Philippine Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting Ambassador Henrietta de Villa. (PNA)

DCT/VR

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