Three of five religious groups deny endorsing Nograles

May. 09, 2010

By CJ KUIZON
Davao Today

DAVAO CITY—Three of the five religious groups earlier reported to have been backing the mayoralty bid of House Speaker Prospero Nograles in Davao City denied making such an endorsement.

“It is against pastoral ethics,” said Bishop Constante Claro, head of the Southeastern Mindanao jurisdiction of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) when asked to comment on the Mindanao Daily Mirror story which named the UCCP among the five religious groups backing Nograles.

The report which quoted Mario Tamayo, spokesperson of the Team Nograles, said that aside from the UCCP, the religious groups Jesus Is Lord of presidential candidate Brother Eddie Villanueva, El Shaddai of Brother Mike Velarde, The Loved Flock of preacher and Congressman Bingbong Crisologo, the Seventh Day Adventists were all backing Nograles. The report came after the religious group Iglesia ni Cristo announced its support for the father and daughter tandem of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who is running for vice mayor and Vice Mayor Sara Duterte, who is running for mayor against Nograles.

Bishop Constante Claro (middle) with Sr. Diane Cabasagan, Pagbabago convenor and Robert Quinto, Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII) president reject the possibility of a no-elections scenario. (contributed photo)

UCCP Bishop Constante Claro (middle), with Sr. Diane Cabasagan, Pagbabago convenor and Robert Quinto, Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII) president, rejects the prospects of 'no-elections' to prolong President Arroyo's stay in power. (contributed photo)

Pastor Elmer Eleazar, an elder of The Loved Flock, told Davao Today it is not the practice of their group to endorse a political candidate.

Eleazar said that Crisologo, their community leader, may have made such endorsement but if he did so, he did it as an individual and did not speak for the whole church. Eleazar said he could not yet confirm the endorsement from Crisologo, who is running for reelection as representative in the first district of Quezon City and is still on the campaign trail. Eleazar said he hadn’t seen Crisologo in three months because of the campaign.

Lawyer Teodoro Pascua, secretary-general of Bangon Pilipinas, denied that his group is endorsing any local candidate in Davao.

He also explained that Bangon Pilipinas, the political party where presidential candidate Eddie Villanueva belongs, is a separate entity from the Jesus is Lord church, from which Villanueva is currently on leave. “Jesus is Lord endorses Congressman Nograles but there’s no such endorsement from Bangon Pilipinas,” Pascua said.

Speaker Prospero Nograles is running for city mayor against incumbent Vice Mayor Sara Duterte, daughter of outgoing Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

The article said the Team Nograles also got the backing of El Shaddai and the Seventh Day Adventists. Davao Today tried but failed to reach both groups. (CJ Kuizon/davaotoday.com/

  • Ike Cabante

    Why is our politician obssessed about endorsement from religious or civic group? Is it not a sign of weakness on their personality, character and platform of government? Can they not rely on their credibility and platform of government they present to the people? The same thing with politicians hiring with high pay movie and tv personalities to entertain the crowd. They present entertainments rather than sincere and honest plan and program for the common good. With this kind of people who will be in the government, I doubt if authentic change will happen in our country. Our only hope is when people would resist all forms of political enticement that brought our country to poverty and shame.

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