(FGP)Catholic bishops support call for creation of Truth Commission to probe May 13 poll glitches

May 24, 2013 10:24 pm 

MANILA, May 24 — Catholic bishops supported the call for the formation of a truth commission that would investigate the reported glitches in the just concluded May 13 mid-term polls.

Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco said an investigation should be conducted to maintain the credibility and integrity of electoral exercises in the country.

“I think it would be good to have one truth commission to investigate the issue to maintain the credibility and integrity of the electoral process,” he said.

Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo is also in favor of creating an investigating body.

“Yes, I am in favor of a truth commission to investigate recent poll irregularities in order that justice may be achieved," he said.

Asked if the Church should be part of the truth commission, he said Catholic lay leaders should represent the Church.

Earlier, Bro. Eddie Villanueva of Bangon Pilipinas called on the government to create an “elections truth commission” to investigate reported errors and irregularities in the last automated elections.

“We call on the government to create an independent investigative body to look into the automated election system that was plagued by numerous technical glitches and might have disenfranchised millions of voters,” he said.

Villanueva ran in the senatorial race but did not make it to the top 12 ranking. (PNA)



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