Fr. Armando Angeles DCK, the diocesan administrator, said the active participation of volunteers in all parishes of the diocese has helped, especially in collecting and canvassing the votes from the precinct level.
The priest also thanked the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI’s) for providing the Namfrel volunteers the sixth copy of the election returns that really helped in the conduct of the quick.
“Our volunteers deserve a commendation. They spent sleepless nights away from their respective families to serve in counting the votes in various Namfrel headquarter in our diocese,” Angeles said.
He likewise thanked the lay people and the religious sisters who stayed and manned the Namfrel headquarters during the canvassing. “Our religious sisters and the lay people coming from the Basic Ecclesiastic Communities (BECs) deserve to be commended. They spent their precious time until the canvassing is over,” he said.
In the thanksgiving Mass held at the Our Lady Mediatrix of All Grace on Wednesday, Angeles also urged all non-winning candidates to accept defeat and start the healing process.
“Elections are temporary in nature while relationships last long. Forgive and forget and begin to heal the wounds for effective governance and peace in the community,” the priest stressed.
He also asked the winning candidates to serve their people faithfully and implement the pro-poor programs and projects in their respective communities to improve the lives of the people.