By Christina Hermoso
A Catholic Church leader has called on the faithful to “be guided by good moral values in voting for the right candidates in the May polls.”
Borongan, Samar Bishop Crispin Varquez urged the electorate to use their votes wisely and to start correcting distorted values that hinder the election of good candidates.
“It is high time to demand for real change. This coming elections, choose good candidates,” Varquez said in a Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines News post.
The bishop lamented how previous elections in one of the country’s poorest provinces were marred by rampant vote buying and selling.
“This systemic corruption has undermined the emergence of credible candidates. I am disturbed by what is happening in our society today because of the distorted values of many people,” Varquez said.
The Church leader called on the voting public to vote for honest candidates who have no corruption record.
“If corruption continues, nothing will happen to our country and to the lives of Filipinos,” he stressed. “Stand for what is right, no matter how unpopular it may become,” he said.
Balanga Bishop Ruperto C. Santos has, earlier, urged his flock “to vote only candidates who have a good track record and with the common good and interest in mind.”