Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo encouraged the faithful to examine the candidates for May 13 election and “pick bets who value life and respect human rights.”
During the third Walk for Life at the Quezon City Memorial Circle, the chairman of CBCP Episcopal Commission on the Laity explained,
“It’s not our place as a hierarchy to tell people who to vote. We only express the character and values of candidates that deserve our votes.”
He said the “people power and prayer power” that the participants displayed during the event would translate into “vote power.”
One quality of a candidate we should look for, according to the bishop, is being able to stand on solid principles.
He also discouraged voters from choosing candidates who support death penalty and lowering of minimum age of criminal liability.
Meanwhile, His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle shared his thoughts about greediness as a “disservice to the society and can cause death.”
In his homily, he discussed the liturgy about God’s miracle of feeding more than 4,000 people with seven loaves and some fishes, and compared it to a leader feeding his fellow.
“Even if there’s only small amount of food, as long as it passes through a leader with a kind heart and good hands, it will cater many people. But if there are lots of food and pass through greedy hands, for sure, there will be lack of food.”
The cardinal also expressed his hope that the society becomes a womb that gives life because the hands are generous, adding that voters should not support candidates who only think of themselves, not the people they supposed to serve.
“This upcoming election, let’s all join hands for the betterment of the society.”