ASIA/PHILIPPINES - The Bishops: "Vote politicians with a high vision and dedicated to service"

Tuesday, 5 April 2016 politics   corruption   poverty  


Manila (Agenzia Fides) - Choose political leaders animated by a high "vision" of common good and dedicated to the service of citizenship: is the exhortation Filipino Bishops propose to the faithful in view of the political elections to be held in a month. In a document signed by Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Episcopal Conference, the Pastors trace "Ten Commandments for voters".
First of all they invite "not to vote for an atheist or someone who mocks the name of God" and not to vote for candidates used to making empty promises.
Third point: "public authorities should ensure citizens a time intended for rest and divine worship".
Fourth point: "politicians have the duty to promote policies in favor of the family.
To fulfill the commandment "Thou shalt not kill" the text states that "a Catholic voter cannot vote for candidates who oppose the sacredness of human life from conception to natural death".
Also on the sixth point, the Church recalls the commitment to "promote the Christian vision of sexuality and marriage, with the dignity and the authentic freedom of life". "The problem of the population is not a matter of numbers, but the care of people, and the improvement of the quality of human life", recalls the message.
On the seventh point, "do not steal" the Bishops remind us to look at candidates who are not involved in corruption or misappropriation of public money, while on "false witness" voters are invited to be wary of the "lies of propaganda by candidates who intentionally deceive "to" gain the favor of voters". Finally, the text recalls the necessary commitment to respect women and human dignity and to free citizens from the grip of poverty. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 05/04/2016)