Priest: No more uprisings please

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Fr. Oscar Lorenzo blesses little children during a Sunday Mass at the Sto. Niño Church. (Photo: Eileen N. Ballesteros)

TACLOBAN City, May 16, 2016 – A priest from the Archdiocese of Palo conveyed hope there will be no need for a revolution to happen in the country, considering a potentially unstable political situation if Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte fails to make good on his campaign promises.

Reflecting on the message of Pentecost vis-à-vis the current political situation in the country, Fr. Oscar Lorenzo of the Sto. Niño Parish said such a rebellion can only be averted if Filipino leaders and the electorate live by the Holy Spirit’s promptings.

He, however, does not discount the possibility that the citizens who voted for Duterte would attempt to unseat him if he fails to deliver on his declared commitments.

Misconceptions, root of conflict

In his Pentecost Sunday homily, Lorenzo said the very people who welcomed Jesus in Jerusalem as remembered on Palm Sunday were the same ones who wanted him crucified.

“They had Jesus crucified on Good Friday two thousand and sixteen years ago because their perception [of Christ] was wrong,” added the 72-year old priest.

The priest attributed man’s misonception of things and individuals as a cause of conflicts.

According to Lorenzo, often, the faithful’s choice of whom to vote is determined by either an accurate or a false perception, often, leading one to realize that “all that glitters is not gold.”

“The election we did last Monday was all of goodness itself, because we were created in the likeness of God who is good,” he stressed.

Prayer for guidance

Lorenzo added: “Whatever we did in order to have a clean, honest, and orderly election and whoever we voted for was, for each of us, for the greater good because no one wanted to do something that is not good for the country.”

He said conflicts can be resolved through prayer that seeks the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

With Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s camp questioning the integrity of the election results in the vice-presidential race, Lorenzo praised the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV)’s level-headed assessment of the case, saying “We were able to have clean and honest elections because of [PPCRV],” adding the group is guided by the “working of the Holy Spirit.”

The poll watchdog declared the unofficial count of votes for the vice-presidential race credible based on “anomaly tests” conducted on Friday night.

Marcos tails behind Rep. Leni Robredo in the unofficial and partial Comelec – PPCRV tally, although the senator leads in the overseas vote count and in the exit polls. (Eileen Nazareno-Ballesteros / CBCP News)

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