Archbishop urges graduates to bring change as poll nears

Archbishop urges graduates to bring change as poll nears

Archbishop Antonio Ledesma speaks during the Baccalaureate Mass for this year’s graduates of the Xavier University in Cagaya de Oro City, March 28, 2019. SCREEN SHOT FROM XU YOUTUBE ACCOUNT

By Roy Lagarde

March 29, 2019

Manila, Philippines

A Catholic archbishop stood on the stage of Xavier University on Thursday and urged the graduates to raise their voices for positive change at the ballot box.

Jesuit Archbishop Antonio Ledesma of Cagayan de Oro said that their future are in the hands of the people that they elect.

He stressed that Mindanao and entire country cannot have peace and development without good governance.

“And election is the time to make sure that we have good governance from our leaders and from ourselves,” Ledesma said.

The archbishop was speaking in his homily during the Baccalaureate Mass for this year’s graduates of the Jesuit-run university.

He told the young people that their duty is not simply to get a good education, but also to bring about change.

Archbishop Ledesma noted that electing good leaders are necessary steps for the transformation of society.

“We too can demand from our leaders the kind of public service that we deserve,” he said.

In choosing candidates, he told the graduates to take a cue from the ideals of their university: “to produce men and women of conscience, competence and commitment”.

“That as well can be ascribed to our political leaders,” he said.

The prelate urged the graduates to be true to the values of their university “with compassion and the right companionship”.

The midterm elections will be on May 13.

Some 18,000 senatorial, congressional, party-list, regional, provincial and municipal positions are up for grabs in the polls, according to the Commission on Elections.