By Mar T. Supnad
Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos, chairman of the CBCP Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People, expressed support Sunday for the national government’s plan that the Church and other groups will be consulted in choosing the appointed leaders of the barangays.
Bishop Santos’ action came following reports that President Duterte has again moved to postpone the election of barangay leaders due to reports that some of them (incumbent barangay captains) are involved in illegal drugs in their areas.
Owing to this, the President wanted to defer again the barangay polls and that the barangay captains will just be appointed, through the recommendation of the Church leaders and other respected individuals and groups.
“That is very good and interesting suggestion,” said Bishop Santos upon learning that they would be also tapped to choose those appointed, saying: “here we can have effective partnership with the government.”
The Bishop added: “When people see that our government and church are working hand in hand, cooperating with one another for the common good of the country, they will be inspired and encouraged to unite themselves for our country’s progress and peace. We in the Diocese support this effort and we will collaborate,” added Santos.
Lawmakers are divided on the suggestion of President Duterte to postpone and appoint the barangay leaders.