By Helen Castaño |09:08 AM April 25, 2022
Presidential candidate and former Defense chief Norberto Gonzales got a warm welcome in Dauis town on Sunday, April 24.
After a motorcade, he held a rally at the Barangay Totolan covered court.
Some 2,000 people attended the rally, according to the organizer Caloy Abuyabor, who is also running for councilor in Dauis.
Vice Gubernatorial candidate Victor Balite and first district congressional candidate Fabio Ontong also attended the rally.
During his speech, Gonzales reiterated his platforms to improve the education for the youth, livelihood and peace and security.
He also stressed the need for mandatory military service, a good idea and will prove to be valuable during a crisis.
“Military service means sisimulan na natin i-training at maghanda ang ating mga kabataan kasi you know conditions in the world just like what’s going in Ukraine puwede mangyari sa ating lugar. Kailangan ang ating populasyon is ready. You don’t lose anything by preparing eh. Ang mahirap kung unprepared ka tapos may nangyayaring krisis. Masama yung wala kang preparation,” said the former defense official.
After the rally, Gonzales also had a dialogue with the owners of fish vessels and fishermen.
Earlier, Gonzales visited the Diocese of Tagbilaran and conveyed his appeal for the Church hierarchy to be politically involved but non partisan.
He was received by Rev. Fr. Efren Bongay, parish priest of St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral Parish.
He said that the Church is one of the pillar institutions for democracy and that in times of national crises and perilous situations the discerning, guiding and unifying presence of Church as a moral and spiritual compass should not be compromised because of the laity’s perception of her partisanship.
He likewise introduced the concept of ‘faith tourism’ wherein while we highlight our churches as national treasures and heritage sites, our churches can be weaved as one, integrated faith journey where pilgrims, as they visit one church after another not only in Bohol but in the other provinces of the country, they can further appreciate the richness of our catholic tradition and deepen their faith experience.