I am also wary and skeptical about the “Four Party Summit” called by the National Leadership. The COMELEC, the Poll Watchdogs, the PNP as well as all political parties, pro-administration and opposition are already governed by the same law on “clean, honest and orderly elections.” That has been the law and the desideratum ever since. Let each do that and just that ensuring and working for “clean, honest and orderly election,” which means avoiding, deceit and cheating of every kind. If all are committed to that, it is not necessary to have a summit to just say that. Let each make the promise to God and with an honest conscience.
From the part of the Church, the CBCP has called upon the social action centers, the parish organizations, institutions and the Basic Ecclesial Communities to come together and organize themselves for clean, honest and orderly elections. Among themselves they must form linkages to clean the dirt from our easily corrupted electoral process. They will show this in deeds more than simply in words. They will also do this before God and with honest conscience.
Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo
Archbishop of Jaro
January 31, 2007