Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra yesterday said the Church will
not endorse candidates, but it is urging the faithful to vote for
candidates who live up to the teachings of Christ.
The Church will not name candidates, it is up to the lay people
and groups to chose and endorse their candidates on their own, he
said. Bro. Mariano "Mike" Velarde Monday urged leaders of the Catholic
Church to help the faithful choose the candidates who deserve to
be in the Senate by endorsing a list of 18 deserving senatorial
candidates from which the laity could choose the 12 names they would
write on their ballots.
"They can just whisper their names," he said.
Navarra said the faithful should be mature enough to motivate
themselves to be politically aware of those who will best serve
the interest of the nation in truth, honesty, love, justice and
They should also be candidates who live by the Church teaching
of preferential option for the poor, Navarra said.
Negros Occidental Gov. Joseph Maraņon yesterday said Church
leaders are free to endorse candidates if they wish to do so.
When they endorse, it probably will not be for the Church but
in their personal capacity as Filipinos, he said.
There have been many who were endorsed by Church leaders in the
past who did not win, at the end of the day it will still be the
people who will decide, Maraņon said.*CPG
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