After the Filipinos have made their choice on who will be the next leaders of the country, Radio Veritas President Fr. Anton CT Pascual has asked the faithful to respect the decision of the majority after the May 9, 2022 elections were held.
In the partial and unofficial count of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Davao City Mayor Sarah Duterte lead in the presidential and vice-presidential races respectively.
Bong Bong Marcos is the son of the late Ferdinand Marcos, Sr., tenth president of the Philippines while Sarah Duterte is the daughter of the outgoing Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
In his message, Fr. Pascual cited the importance of recognizing the result of the election because it is one of the characteristics of a democratic society.
“Let’s respect the rule of the majority from a relatively peaceful, clean and credible election. That’s appreciation of the democratic ideals of the foundation of sovereign popular will and rule of law,” said Fr. Pascual in a statement in Radio Veritas.
Based on the partial and unofficial count, Bong Bong Marcos Jr. has more than 31-million votes compared to the 14.7-million votes for Vice President Leni Robredo.
Sarah Duterte also has more than 31-million votes followed by Senator Kiko Pangilinan who has 9-million votes.
Earlier, Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula along with the other bishops of the Philippines called on the faithful to pray for clean and honest elections and to respect whatever the outcome will be. He also urged them to remain united despite the individual preferences of the new leaders. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)