Bishop Patricio A. Buzon, SDB, DD together with the Clergy of the Diocese of Bacolod gather in a Special Clergy Meeting for the purpose of defining the role of the Diocese and its plan of action in relation to the upcoming May 2022 elections.
Professor Ramon Casiple, a political analyst and Fr. Dominic Derramas, JCD, a canon lawyer were the resource speakers for the event. Professor Casiple gave the national situationer while Fr. Derramas presented the canonical provisions governing Church involvement in politics.
According to Casiple, the May 2022 elections is crucial since the electorate is to choose a leader who will be able to negotiate through an increasingly changing international landscape dominated by powers-that-be, as in the case of Ukraine and the conflicting claims in the South China Sea. He noted that this international situation has repercussions in the conduct of Philippine foreign and national policies. He also added, that competence is required of any presidential candidate. After giving his take on the profile of each of the presidential candidates for the May 2022 Elections, Casiple said that election to the highest office of the land necessitates years of experience and training in public service.
The gathering on "Church in Politics" was held at the St. John Paul II Cultural Center, Sacred Heart Seminary-Bacolod last January 25, 2022.
The session was divided into two parts, an input session and an open forum in the morning and a breakout group sharing and plenary reporting on collated results of the discussion in the afternoon.
The collated result from the group and plenary reports is to be used as working data for the upcoming February Monthly Clergy Recollection according to Rev. Fr. Ruel S. Jundos, STHD, Commission on Clergy Chairperson.