Mar 4, 2013

Team Patay (Dead), Team Buhay (Alive), A Blatant Violation Of Election Law

As controversial as Justin Beiber puking onstage is the Team Patay, Team Buhay poster made by the Archdiocese of Bacolod influencing subordinates to vote or not vote election candidates who were against or supportive of the recently passed RH Bill.

As reasonable as it may seemed since we're living in a democratic state and had a freedom of speech as part of our constitutional rights, the deed is in violation of Article XXII, Section 261, Paragraph (d)(1), of the Omnibus Election Code, as an act of Coercion of Subordinates. Coercion occurs when any public or private corporation or association, or any head, superior, or administrator of any religious organization, or any employer or land-owner who coerces or intimidates or compels, or in any manner influence, directly or indirectly, any of his subordinates or members or parishioners or employees or house helpers, tenants, overseers, farm helpers, tillers, or lease holders to aid, campaign or vote for or against any candidate or any aspirant for the nomination or selection of candidates.

Aside from this our Philippine Constitution clearly distinguished the separation of church and state thus the church in prohibited from mingling to the affairs of the state.

Well, yes, I'm Pro-Life myself and against the RH Bill,  but the Archdiocese of Bacolod went too far on the matter. Being the spiritual councilors of people, they should be the forefront in identifying what is lawfully and morally right, encourage people to live with it, and discourage disobedience.

Anyways, Tthe COMELEC is giving them ample time to take the poster off so they better conform. They could either respect the Law or taste its wretched.

Comments welcome.


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