Priests, Teachers Should Not Engage in “Partisan Political Activity” Says CBCP, DepEd
The CBCP and DepEd have warned the priests and teachers to be apolitical and should engage in any “partisan political activity.
Priests have been admonished by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) not to utilize the holy mass in politics since it is solely intended to proclaim God’s teachings. The CBCP urges us not to use the pulpit for political purposes.
“But of course, when you announce the good news, it has implications about political life. We cannot separate faith and our societal life. But don’t use the pulpit for campaigning, as other bishops have said that has a point,” said CBCP President Bishop Pablo Virgilio David in his pastoral letter for the 36th anniversary of EDSA People Power.
There are other locations where priests can show their support for a candidate, according to David. David stressed that he respects the position of priests and nuns as citizens of the country with constitutional rights.
Meanwhile, the Department of Education (DepEd) has issued a warning to all school organizations, including the Parents-Teachers Association (PTA), to refrain from engaging in “partisan political action” within schools. All PTA activities inside schools must be considered and authorized by the school head, according to DepEd Order No. 54 series of 2009.
Following reports that the Marcos Jr-Duterte campaign event in Iloilo City had been canceled, the Department of Education made the announcement. This is because the PTA of Guimbal National High School, after receiving a complaint, claimed it was privately owned.
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