As the 2022 election has already been gathering so much attention as early as now, Manila Auxiliary Bishop and Taytay Bishop-designate Broderick Pabillo warned the faithful on different political propaganda tools, specifically pre-election surveys, which are being used to set a voting preference in favor of few politicians.
Reflecting on the readings and the Gospel before the community of San Roque Parish in Pasay on Sunday, July 18, Bishop Pabillo said that instead of considering survey results, people must be influenced by God’s Words in choosing their bets for the next election.
“Instead of considering the surveys, let us be influenced by the Word of God. It has a lot to tell us about leadership, even political leadership. In the Bible, the leader is considered as a shepherd. Tulad ng pinamumunuan ng pastol ang kawan, ganoon din pinamamahalaan ng leader ang mga nasasakupan niya,” he stressed.
The incoming Vicar Apostolic of Taytay emphasized that everyone must learn from Jesus Christ as a Good Shepherd because He knows the needs of his people as He is always with them.
“Bilang leader, alam ni Jesus ang pangangailangan ng mga tao kasi present siya sa kanila. Alam ni Jesus na ang mga alagad niya ay pagod na. Wala na nga silang panahon para lang kumain dahil sa dami ng mga tao na lumalapit sa kanila. Nakita ni Jesus ang kalagayan ng mga taong litong-lito na naghahanap na magpapastol sa kanila na lumakad sila paikot ng lawa para lang madatnan siya. Alam ni Jesus kasi kapiling niya ang mga tao,” he said.
The Bishop also called out government officials who are not able to connect with their respective constituencies, most especially now when most Filipinos are still struggling from hardships due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Marami sa mga leaders natin ay wala sa piling ng mga tao, lalo na ngayong pandemya. Nakakulong sila sa kanilang mga palasyo, not in touch with the people, not in touch with the realities of so many who do not even have decent houses to go to,” Bishop Pabillo stressed.
“We need leaders who are moved by the dire situations of the people. We need leaders who have mercy and compassion and not promote “kill, kill, kill”! In fact, because Jesus had compassion, he forgot his own need of rest. He spent the whole day teaching them, sacrificing his rest. Ang mabuting pastol ay nag-aalay ng kanyang sarili upang ang mga tao, tayo, ay magkaroon ng buhay,” he added.
The former Apostolic Administrator of Manila ended his homily with a prayer to send the Holy Spirit that will guide the Filipino people towards the truth as they choose the next leaders of the country. (Lem Leal Santiago/SOCOM/Binondo Church | File photo of RCAM-AOC)