The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), a Church-backed poll watchdog, will transfer its command center for the May 9 elections to the University of Santo Tomas campus.
Henrietta de Villa, PPCRV chairperson emeritus, said the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center, which had served as command center for many elections in the past “is small for our pandemic needs.
“Its size and facilities are no longer adequate,” said De Villa in a report on CBCP News. “The current PPCRV leadership found the UST arena as being most ideal (for our poll operations),” she said.
De Villa said the UST arena also has better features fitting for PPCRV’s operating requirement.
“It has numerous facilities within and below the floor. It has several rooms fitting to the needs of the command center, especially during pandemic times,” said De Villa.
De Villa earlier urged the people to examine the character of a candidate before voting him or her to office, adding that government posts should be given to good candidates.
“Have the perseverance to know the character of the candidate. During the campaign, they make sweet promises but their character will still come out in the end,” she said on television.
She encouraged the electorate to learn more about the platforms of candidates and assess records in public service.
“Take time to listen to the candidates in their interviews, during debates, and at their rallies about their plans when they get elected,” De Villa said.
The former Philippine envoy to the Holy See said such discernment must be the basis in choosing candidates, and not who gives the highest amount to buy their votes.
The 90-day campaign period kicked off Tuesday for candidates seeking national elective posts.
On Election Day, De Villa urged the voters to prepare their list of candidates to vote for in order to cast their votes faster.
She, however, stressed that the list must be written on a paper and not saved on a cell phone, which is not allowed in polling precincts.