My dear People of God.in the Diocese of Dumaguete:
Just last Monday, we learned of the tragic death of one of our public officials, the Honorable Michael Dungog, Provincial Board Member of the Province of Negros Oriental. Our Community is shocked and grieves over his death and untimely passing.
Our condolences to his family whose grief, at this moment, we cannot imagine. A good man’s death, through violence, is a death too many. I pray therefore, that we, in our province and our cities, once again say NO to a culture of violence. No to a culture of death. Instead, let us recommit ourselves to be instruments of PEACE and RECONCILATION, of JUSTICE and GOD’S MERCY.
Regardless of the motive behind the killing of the Hon. Michael Dungog, I take this occasion to appeal to all candidates in the forthcoming elections to denounce all sorts of violence. The threat of death towards one’s opponent should never be an instrument in any political campaign. Let your political platform be your means of attracting voters – not your guns nor your gold.
And to our voters, I appeal to you, search your conscience as you think of candidates you shall vote for in the coming elections. Is he or she a person of peace? Is he or she an honest person and who is not linked with corruption? Is he or she a candidate who has the welfare of the people uppermost in his mind. Is he or she a person of God who respects the value of life and the dignity of his fellow human being?
Kuwaresma Karon. Giluwas Kita ni Kristo diha SA iyang kamatayon SA krus. Buss, AKO manghinaut, NGA kanunay unya kitang lamdagan SA Espíritu Santo SA atong mga lakang Ug MGA desisyon, niining panahon SA kampanya ug SA eleksiyon.
This is Bishop, Julito Cortes, Bishop of the Diocese of Dumaguete, appealing as your Pastor and brother in the Lord.
Thank you and God bless us all!
By Bishop Julito B. Cortes
Diocese of Dumaguete