Get rid of corrupt politicians, bishop urges voters

Get rid of corrupt politicians, bishop urges voters

Bishop Francisco De Leon of Antipolo. COURTESY OF THE ANTIPOLO DIOCESE/FRANZ ENRIQUEZ

By CBCP News

May 7, 2019

Manila, Philippines

People should not expect change if they will continue to vote for corrupt politicians, a Catholic bishop said.

Bishop Francisco De Leon of Antipolo said corruption is still a big problem in the country because corrupt politicians keep getting elected.

“If we keep voting candidates who are known to be corrupt, don’t expect that our lives will improve,” De Leon said.

The prelate was speaking in his homily during Mass to celebrate the solemnity of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage at the Antipolo Cathedral on Tuesday.

Bishop De Leon lamented how traditional politicians take advantage of vulnerable people who are willing to sell their votes for survival.

He then urged voters against selling their votes, as that meant selling their conscience and the credibility of the nation for money.

“If we are going to sell our votes, don’t expect it will bring about change,” he added.

As Christians, he said that voters are being called to discern and not to leave God when they vote.

“Look at your conscience. And let’s follow whatever God tells us to do,” De Leon said.