May 9, ELECTION DAY. Generally, election in Brgy. Sta. Cruz, City of Koronadal, was honest, orderly and peaceful.
It was relatively orderly and peaceful, glitches in some voters’ counting machines (VCMs), no ballots, lost names, killings, notwithstanding.
Foreign observers were impressed, thanks God! Positive effects in the stock market and value of pesos. Early concessions by Grace Poe and Mar Roxas had positive impact, here and abroad.
Diocesan Social Action Center reports: we had 1,978 volunteers: 1,669 for election monitoring (Namfrel) and 308 for Human Rights Violations Monitoring (Karapatan).
Places monitored: Lake Sebu, Surallah, T’boli, Gen. Santos City (Soledad, Apopong, Bula), Maasim, Malungon, Alabel, Glan.
Way forward. Pray that all may be faithful to God. Cooperate in initiatives that promote the common good; critique when they do not.
Peace building is an on-going process. Pope Francis in his Apostolic Exhortation “EvangeliiGaudium” (24 Nov. 2013) states: “…four specific principles which can guide the development of life insociety and the building of a people where differences are harmonized within a shared pursuit. Ido so out of the conviction that their application can be a genuine path to peace within each nation and in the entire world.” (221).
These four principles are:
- “Time is greater than space.” “Work slowly but surely” (222 – 223).
- “Unity prevails over conflict” (226) Face conflict (226 – 228).
- “Realities are more important than ideas” (231 – 233).
- “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” (234 – 237).
Let us be patient, united, realistic, wholistic!