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CBCP leadership denies calling for a hold in the proclamation of winning senators

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By Leslie Ann Aquino

The president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines on Thursday said the conference did not issue any call for the proclamation of the winning senators in the 2019 polls to be suspended to clarify reports saying otherwise.

Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles (ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN)

Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles
(ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN)

“That is not true that the CBCP issued such a call or appeal,” Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles said in a statement.

“The CBCP has not made a call or appeal or suggestion to suspend the proclamation of the winning senatorial candidates in our recent elections,” he added.

On Wednesday, the social action arm of the CBCP, the National Secretariat for Social Action Justice & Peace, called for the suspension of the proclamation of winning senators amid fraud allegations.

Father Edwin Gariguez, executive secretary of CBCP NASSA, said the proclamation should be suspended until fraud allegations have been impartially investigated and resolved.

“We are calling to suspend the proclamation of winning senatorial candidates until the issue of fraud is resolved,” he said in a statement.

“We demand an independent and impartial investigation of the alleged fraud and manipulation of automated canvassing by Comelec and Smartmatic,” added Gariguez.

“There should be no proclamation until the fraud-tainted results are validated,” he said.

The NASSA official referred to the delay in the release of the election results in the transparency server Monday night which the poll body said was only due to the inflow of the arrival of data.

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