Bishop to voters: Shun ‘trapos’, political dynasties

Bishop to voters: Shun ‘trapos’, political dynasties

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo

By CBCP News

October 19, 2018

Manila, Philippines

A Catholic bishop has an advice for voters: Don’t vote for “trapos” or traditional politicians and candidates in political dynasties.

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said the country’s political system have sunk so low because of “trapos” and dynasties.

“Do not vote for those who belong to political dynasties. Political dynasties thrive because we vote for them,” said Pabillo, chairman of the bishops’ Commission on the Laity.

He instead encouraged voters to research well the background and track record of unknown candidates. “They may well give fresh breath to politics in our country,” the bishop said.

The Commission on Elections closed the period of the filing of certificates of candidacy on Oct. 17, with 152 senatorial aspirants and 185 party-list candidates for the May 2019 midterm polls.

The poll body is expected to release the final list of candidates in December.

The prelate said voters have more than six months to discern in choosing their next leaders, adding that “not all candidates are worthless”.

“There are gems among the pile of dirt. We just have to cull them,” Pabillo said.

“Let us not believe on what they promise. It is not what they say they will do that show them their worth, but what they had done.. both in their personal lives and in their public service,” he added.

The bishop also called on voters not to “blindly” vote by party lines and for someone who is “winnable” according to survey results, name recall, or social media entries.

“Do not join the bandwagon. You are not wasting your vote by voting for one you believe in. By voting for a bad person because he is winnable, you are being an accomplice in destroying our country,” he said.