Honesty in gov’t still a crucial poll issue — bishop

Honesty in gov’t still a crucial poll issue — bishop

By CBCP News

March 11, 2019

Manila, Philippines

While inflation, jobs and economy are major concerns, there’s one issue that a Catholic bishop still think is more important today: honesty in government.

Speaking at the National Migrants’ Sunday celebration, Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga reminded the public that honesty and integrity are the hallmarks of good governance and leadership.

“Be honest in words and deeds,” Santos said in his homily during Mass at Columban College in Barreto, Olongapo City.

As head of the Church’s migrants ministry, he urged overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to choose candidates who are “honest, hardworking and helpful like them”.

Saying that OFWs are the backbone of the economy, he urged them to pick candidates for the May 13 elections who are not tainted with graft and corruption.

“Pick those who will not take advantage of your remittances,” Santos said.

The prelate also defended the Filipino workers over influx of Chinese workers in the country.

According to him, foreign employers would prefer Filipino workers.

“This is why I believe there is no truth to the statement of some government officials that Filipino workers are not qualified for the jobs,” he said.