Bacolod faithful hold SONA prayer vigil

SONA is an annual address by the President of the Republic of the Philippines to a joint session of the Congress of the Philippines.

July 28 2014, 1:34 PM
Bacolod faithful hold SONA prayer vigil

As President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers the State of the Nation Address (SONA) today, the faithful in the diocese of Bacolod will hold a prayer vigil after a holy mass.

SONA is an annual address by the President of the Republic of the Philippines to a joint session of the Congress of the Philippines. It is mandated by the 1987 Constitution, and must be delivered every fourth Monday of July.

This year’s SONA is very crucial and keenly observed by the nation, given Aquino’s declining popularity ratings, and the impeachment complaints filed against him. Protests are expected in Manila as well as in provinces to coincide with the President’s address.

Cathedral Rector, Father Felix Pasquin, said that the ‘Prayer Vigil for Integrity, Accountability and Transparency in Public Service’ held at the San Sebastian Cathedral, aims to raise the awareness of the faithful for the need of authentic public service that is marked with integrity, accountability and transparency, not with cover-ups, corruption and self-serving agenda.

In the context of the present issues on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and the Priority Assistant Development Fund (PDAF), “the Prayer Vigil is an expression of condemnation of the perceived partiality and partisanship in the investigation and that of corruption as a whole,” Father Pasquin explained.

“At the same time”, the Cathedral Rector added, “it is a movement for hope that through the guidance of the Holy Spirit our government officials will pursue the common good of the Filipino people.”

During the prayer vigil, there will be talks on the Three Branches of the Government and DAP, Issues on DAP, and Integrity, Accountability and Transparency in the Biblical Perspective.

The adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, to be held after the talks, is the highlight of the prayer vigil.

Bishop Vicente M. Navarra of Bacolod will deliver the final message and give a blessing to the faithful at the end of the prayer gathering.

The Philippine National Police announced that it would deploy a 10,000-strong contingent that would keep protesters away from the Batasang Pambansa complex, where the President is to deliver the SONA. The Armed Forces of the Philippines is also ready to back up the police.

Protests are planned in three of the four provinces in Panay Island; mass demonstrations are planned in Iloilo City, Kalibo town in Aklan province and Roxas City in Capiz province. Archbishop Angel Lagdameo of Jaro will lead speakers in the Iloilo rally.

Source: CBCP News

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