Elect good leaders, don’t sell your votes, Manila bishop urges voters

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A DAY BEFORE the 2019 midterm polls, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo urged Filipinos to choose candidates who follow the example of Jesus Christ, during a Mass for peaceful and honest elections at the Manila Cathedral on Sunday.

“Ang mga lider ng pamahalaan, sila rin dapat maging mabuting pastol. Ang halimbawa ni Hesus bilang lider ay para sa lahat, pati rin sa namumuno sa ating sambayanan,” he said in his homily.

Stressing that the ballot is sacred, Pabillo warned the faithful not to sell their votes.

He urged Filipinos to look for leaders who show goodness in their personal lives and who are willing to make sacrifices for society.

“Kung hindi sila tapat sa kanilang asawa, magiging tapat ba sa bayan ‘yan? Kung sila ay magnanakaw, kung sila ay nagmumura, nagsisinungaling, susundin niyo ba ang magnanakaw, nagmumura? Magiging lider ba sa inyo ‘yan?” he said.

Pabillo also urged the laity to perform works of mercy during the elections by giving counsel on the right people to vote and preventing vote-buying.

The Mass was followed by a candlelight procession of the image of Our Lady of Fatima around Intramuros for a peaceful and fraud-free election.

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