Voters warned vs bets who allowed killings, corruption

Voters warned vs bets who allowed killings, corruption

By CBCP News

April 28, 2019

Manila, Philippines

A Catholic archbishop warned the faithful against voting for candidates who may have contributed to the continued killings and corruption in the country.

Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan took the Divine Mercy Sunday Mass to call on voters to be more discerning in the coming May 13 midterm polls.

In a pastoral message read at the St. John the Evangelist Cathedral in Dagupan City, he cited the “6Ks” or kamatayan (death), kabastusan (vulgarity), korapsyon (corruption), kahirapan (poverty), kasarinlan (independence), and kasinungalingan (lies) as among the problems the country is facing today.

“Have they given the orders to kill? Have they protected liars? Truth is not a political issue; it is a moral issue. Human dignity goes beyond political coalitions. It is a godly concern,” said Villegas.

“Have they contributed to the current problem of 6Ks? Have they actively cheered and encouraged, enabled and supported the purveyors of the 6Ks?” he furthered.

“Have they been quiet fence sitters who just allowed the 6Ks to turn from bad to worse? Silence in the face of evil is itself evil,” he aded. “Have they chosen to stay safe rather than stand up for truth, sovereignty, and human dignity?”

Once again he noted how the continued killings does not solve problems on drugs and criminality.

Also, he noted that vulgarity “is not Filipino” who loves God, and that “there’s no place in heaven for liars”.

Villegas stressed that liar candidates should not be voted as they “will be the future corrupt officials”.

Voters, the archbishop said, should instead look for candidates who have clear and realistic program for the poor, the sick and those with disabilities, and for the jobless.

“The kind of leaders we elect reveals the kind of people we are. The winners in elections are mirrors of the values and aspirations, dreams and hopes of the people who voted for them. It can also show our backward moving society,” he said.

“Be careful. Be critical. Be courageous. How would Christ vote? Vote like Christ. Do not leave God at the altar. Bring your Christian faith when you vote,” said Villegas.