MANILA, April 17, 2016 – After much-watched presidential and vice-presidential debates, voters from several sectors got a chance to express thoughts on the most pressing Philippine issues and criteria for choosing candidates at the #CleanVotePH Voters’ Forum on April 16 at the San Sebastian College – Recoletos Manila Little Theater.
Organized by the Knights of Columbus (KofC), the Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Phils., Inc. (KCFAPI), Areopagus Communications, Inc., YouthPinoy, and the San Sebastian College Graduate School of Law, the forum featured the following panelists to represent the different sectors and interest groups:
- Norfatimah Sunggod; Filipino Moro Peace advocate, 2013, JENESYS 2.0 Youth Ambassador of Goodwill of the National Youth Commission, and AFS – Philippines volunteer;
- Atty. Khrys Gimenez; Polytechnic University of the Philippines Office of Legal Aid Chief, Mateo and Gimenez Law OfficeManaging Partner;
- Jose Descallar, a party list staff member and theology professor at Colegio de San Lorenzo, Quezon City;
- Berna Manipon, registered nurse at a public hospital in Manila;
- Samantha Marcellana, Colegio San Juan de Letran Student Council president; and
- Edilberto Guyano, CBCP National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace (CBCP-NASSA) program coordinator for human rights / good governance
The panelists mentioned social issues like the Mindanao peace and order situation, poor health care system, undercompensated health professionals, corruption, food insecurity, transportation crisis, unemployment as just some of the issues candidates running for the upcoming elections should particularly care about.
To end the event, Fr. Jerome Secillano, MPA, CBCP Permanent Committee on Public Affairs executive secretary, gave a talk on morality as a criterion for choosing political candidates as well as the indispensability of the Church as society’s conscience in the socio-political arena.
Some 200 people, mostly KofC members, students from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), residents from Baseco, Manila, and San Sebastian College Graduate School of Law studetns packed the venue. (CBCPNews)