By Calvin Cordova
CEBU CITY — Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma reminded the winners in the recent elections that their victories are their opportunity to become good servants.
According to Palma, being chosen to lead the community is a sacred responsibility and a special privilege that should be considered as a gift from God.
“By winning, we can serve the community and be instruments of growth, progress, development, and peace for our brothers and sisters,” he said.
For the losing candidates, his advice is to accept defeat and help the new sets of leaders fulfill their responsibilities.
Veronico Petalcorin, acting regional director of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Central Visayas, shared Palma’s sentiments.
“For the losing candidates, it’s not the end. This is just one election. Accept defeat because in that way we can start the healing process,” said Petalcorin.
Petalcorin said winning candidates should spearhead the healing process and they can start by being the first ones to remove their campaign posters.
Meanwhile, the Central Command (Centcom) was satisfied with the conduct of the elections.
Lt. Gen. Noel Clement, Centcom head, praised the soldiers and the policemen in the region for helping keep the elections peaceful.
“Everybody freely exercised their right of suffrage; to choose the best candidates who will help the country move towards peace and development,” Clement said.