By Leslie Ann Aquino
The head of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People (CBCP ECMI) has urged overseas Filipino voters to choose candidates in the May midterm polls who are as honest, hardworking, and helpful like them.
“Vote for candidates who will really work hard for them, those who are after our well-being and not those who will side and work only for a certain person, not for a particular party and not for personal benefits,” CBCP ECMI chairman Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos said.
He said OFWs have to look to themselves before electing their candidates.
“Those whom they will vote must be like them – as OFWs who are honest, hardworking, and helpful to others,” said Santos.
“Decide for candidates who are honest, who will not steal, nor, are tainted with graft and corruption,” he added.
The ECMI head said OFWs should go for candidates who will really help improve, promote, and preserve life and not those who suppress or destroy it.
OFWs, Santos said, should also elect those who will help take care of their “balikbayan” boxes, create jobs in the country for them, and help promote their rights and dignity.
Last month, the CBCP, led by its president Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, said the midterm polls is crucial that’s why the faithful should elect public officials who have the common good in mind.
“It is very crucial that we elect public officials who are principled, courageous, and who have the common good as their main concern and not their own political interests,” the CBCP said in a pastoral letter.
The bishops also encouraged voters to be very discerning in their votes.
“Let the lay groups engage in discernment circles to help one another know the candidates well and choose the candidates with the common good of the whole country in mind and not according to what the candidates promise, much less according to what voters have received from these candidates,” said the CBCP. #MatalinongBoto2019