During an interview with Radio Veritas, Bishop Broderick Pabillo–chairman of the Commission of the Laity of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)–said that voters should think deeply about who to elect in the upcoming 2022 National Elections. The bishop, who is also the new apostolic vicar of the Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay, Palawan, also warned the public against political dynasties.
“What we can do as voters is be discerning. When we know that the candidates are relatives, son, daughter, spouse of the incumbent, let us not vote for them,” he said. According to the 66-year-old bishop, political dynasties weaken the checks and balances system in the government. (Read: Catholic Group Urges New Voters to Register for the 2022 Elections)
Importance of accountability
Bishop Pabillo questioned how politicians can be held accountable if their successors are related to them in some way. “It is important to have accountability so that there will be no abuse of authority. Also, they protect the same interest together with the same cronies. This cannot result in changes,” he added.
His statement came after the news of the latest Pulse Asia survey that 28% of adults would vote for President Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio, as his successor. The same survey also showed that 18% of Filipino adults will elect President Duterte as her Vice President next year.
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Staunch Duterte critic
The bishop is an outspoken critic of the Duterte administration–specifically the war on drugs and authoritarian policies. Earlier this year, Bishop Pabillo criticized the administration for its war on communists and the “nanlaban” narrative the police always uses.
“The search warrant is not a warrant to kill. We know the usual style of planting of evidence such as grenade or pistol in places being searched,” Bishop Pabillo said. “Is this not the culture of impunity? If we will stay silent, this culture will get worse – this culture of disaster, culture of killings, and culture of lying.”