Bishop to voters: Examine potential candidates early

Bishop to voters: Examine potential candidates early

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila. PHOTO COURTESY OF FATIMA LLANZA/RCAM-AOC

By Nikko Balbedina

February 15, 2021

Manila, Philippines

As names of possible candidates for next year’s elections are popping up, a Catholic bishop urged voters to study politicians and issues early.

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, administrator of Manila archdiocese, said voters should make use of their time to examine the potential candidates.

“They (voters) should be discerning,” Pabillo said. “It is good that names are starting to arise, they should start their research on them.”

“Who are these people? What have they accomplished? What can they contribute to the country? As early as now, people should be talking about it,” he said.

The bishop made the statement as the Commission on Elections recently released the calendar of activities for the local and national polls on May 9, 2022.

The poll body set the filing of candidacies from October 1 to 8, including Saturdays and Sundays.

The Comelec has also set the campaign period for candidates for president, vice president, senators and party-lists from February 8 to May 7, 2022.

On the other hand, the campaign period for candidates for congressmen and elective local officials is from March 25 to May 7, 2022.

Pabillo also called on qualified voters to register for the 2022 elections because the Comelec will not extend its registration deadline come September 30.

The prelate asserted that it is important to have the youth counted in the elections.

“Our message is that everyone should be registered,” he said, “especially the youth and those who have not voted twice so that they can vote and that they can be counted.”

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