Batangas, Bukidnon priests choose Leni-Kiko tandem

Batangas, Bukidnon priests choose Leni-Kiko tandem

Presidential candidate Vice President Leni Robredo and her running mate Senator Kiko Pangilinan during a campaign rally at the Boac Sports Arena in Marinduque on April 18, 2022. VP LENI MEDIA BUREAU

By CBCP News

April 19, 2022

Manila, Philippines

More clergymen have publicly declared their support for presidential aspirant Vice President Leni Robredo and her running mate Senator Francis Pangilinan.

Several priests from the Archdiocese of Lipa and the Diocese of Malaybalay said their decision is a matter of moral obligation as Christ’s servants.

In Lipa, 117 diocesan and religious priests who call themselves as “Paring Batangas para kay Leni” said in a statement that they “cannot allow evil to reign” in the country.

According to them, their support for Robredo and Pangilinan is of the belief that they are fully capable of steering the nation towards good governance.

They then called on the faithful to pray and form circles of discernment to make a “moral choice” in the coming elections.

“We will also continue to lead and guide the people in praying for a peaceful, credible and meaningful election,” they added.

In Malaybalay, 54 priests and two retired bishops said their choice for Robredo and Pangilinan is guided by the Catholic social teachings.

“We believe that they best exemplify the criteria for good leaders who will accompany the people towards a sustainable future for our country,” they said.

The bishops who signed the statement were Jesuit Bishop Emeritus Honest Pacana of Malaybalay and Bishop Emeritus Jose Manguiran of Dipolog.

Manguiran was a priest of Malaybalay when he was appointed bishop of Dipolog. He had been staying in Bukidnon province since his retirement.

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