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‘Don’t call yourselves Christians if you don’t vote trustworthy candidates’- Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

Bishop David also reminded voters that it is not enough to just pray for the right candidate — the faithful should vote for them, too.

Incoming president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Caloocan reminded voters to elect trustworthy candidates in the coming elections. He urged voters to be discerning and not vote for those who are not following the Ten Commandments.

“Follow the commandments. Do not kill. Do not steal. Do not lie. Du’n pa lang, iiksi na ang listahan,” Bishop David said. (Read: Kidapawan Bishop Reminds That Voting In The May 2022 Elections Is A Responsibility)

“We should, in fact, be ashamed to call ourselves Christians if we don’t actively participate in getting the trustworthy candidates voted into office. That is, if we care at all about the future of our country,” he added.

Ten Commandments

Bishop David quoted Fr. Jett Villarin and said that the criteria for the elections is simple and can be trimmed down to the basics as stipulated in the Ten Commandments.

“Fr.  Jett was right. If the criteria are clear and obvious, the list can easily be trimmed down. But then of course, what is obvious for some is not so obvious for others — especially for the killers, the thieves, the liars and their enablers and supporters,” Bishop David said. (Read: PPCRV Launches 9-Month Novena Masses For Upcoming 2022 Elections)

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A supporter of presidential candidate Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte looks at the list of a sample ballot before voting at the national elections in Davao city, Philippines. (Photo from Reuters/The Straits Times)

Vote for the right candidate

Bishop David also reminded voters that it is not enough to just pray for the right candidate — the faithful should vote for them, too.

“It is not enough to pray for good candidates, which, of course, is also important. The Lord has given us those candidates already. Unfortunately, the Lord is not a voter in the coming elections. We are,” he said.

 

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