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Kinukunsinte kahit mali! Legazpi Bishop Baylon slammed for backing Rosals despite disqualification

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A defeated candidate for councilor of Legazpi City has brought to the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines’ attention the apparent bias of Legazpi Bishop Joel Baylon for a politiko couple who had been disqualified by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the illegal disbursement of public funds.

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In a letter dated October 16, 2022 and addressed to The Most Reverend Charles John Brown, Joseph San Juan Armogila raised concerns over the prayer rallies organized by Baylon for embattled Albay Governor Noel Rosal and Legazpi City Mayor Geraldine Rosal.

Armogila, who filed the disqualification cases against the couple, accused Baylon of violating “basic Church teachings based on its Canon Law” by siding with the Rosals.

“I do believe, being a good Catholic that it is not the Church’s task to set forth specific political solutions – and even less to propose a single solution as the acceptable one – to temporal questions that God has left to the free and responsible judgment of each person, specifically if it involves interpretation a law which does not oppose the teachings of the Church,” Armogila said.

“What is involved in the disqualification case filed against the candidates the good Bishop has been supporting is the prohibition on illegal disbursement of public funds during the campaign period in order to advance one’s candidacy or that of his spouse,” he added.

The Comelec disqualified the Rosals for allegedly violating the ban on disbursement of public funds within the 45-day election period when they distributed cash assistance to tricycle drivers and senior citizens.

The Rosals have appealed the Comelec’s decision and expressed readiness to fight their disqualification all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary.

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