Bishop Broderick Pabillo, the apostolic administrator for the Manila Archdiocese, has advised the faithful to think carefully of their electoral bets for next year’s national elections.
In his homily on March 21 for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, Bishop Pabillo reminded Mass attendees to keep in mind the events that have happened in the country during the past years. He strongly advised everyone to ask themselves if they are satisfied with how the current administration is running the country.
“This has an important meaning not only in our personal [lives], but for our country as well. Are you satisfied with the way they are running our country? Is this the best that we can achieve?” Bishop Pabillo said. (Read: ‘Lent is a Time for Duterte, Filipinos to Change Their Ways’ – Bishop Pabillo)
“If you are content, then let us continue with the present administration. But if you believe that the Philippines can be more than this, that we would not always be the one lagging behind… then let us change the present system and those who are implementing it,” he added.
According to Bishop Pabillo, the Philippines had already been left behind by neighboring countries such as Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia— and this has worsened amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Because of the year-long quarantine imposed by the government, a lot of Filipinos had been pushed to poverty. Many lost their sources of income with little-to-no support from the government, while others had to continuously fight for their rights as issues of abuse of power rise amid the pandemic. (Read: 3 Human Rights Issues That Made Headlines in December)
The chair of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Episcopal Commission on the Laity even added that despite the large sums of money that the government has allocated and loaned for the procurement of vaccines, doses are still not enough to ensure the safety of the Filipino people.
These facts, according to Bishop Pabillo, are just some of the ‘old realities’ that the Filipinos need to keep in mind ahead of the national elections scheduled for May 2022. “We have to die to the old to bring about a new reality,” he said.
“This is the paschal mystery. This is true for our personal lives, and this is true for our country also or for any situation of life, for that matter,” he added.