Catholic educators have called on Filipinos to register and vote for the 2022 national elections.
In a press conference on September 2, Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines-National Capital Region (CEAP-NCR) president Fr. Nolan Que stressed that exercising suffrage is a responsibility to God and to the people.
“The grace to vote is our freedom to choose who will lead our nation. We believe that Filipinos must exercise the freedom to vote for the good of all and not for the benefit of the self. To vote is to choose a leader who is accountable to God and to the people,” Que said.
Recognizing democracy as a gift from God, Fr. Que stressed that participating in the upcoming polls is very important as voters would serve as God’s instrument of authority that would elect leaders.
“This transfer of divine authority to rule is manifested through the ballot. It is only fitting, then, that the Filipino people must register for the upcoming 2022 national elections to ensure that the leaders who will be elected are chosen by the Holy Spirit, worthy to rule our nation,” he emphasized.
CEAP-NCR is encouraging its personnel, students and alumni to exercise their duty and privilege to vote, examine leaders’ moral character and intellectual convictions and pray “to ask God to strengthen our minds and strengthen our resolve to fulfill this God-given duty.”
While they did not extend voters’ registration beyond September 30, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has agreed to extend the daily schedule of registration from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm, Mondays to Friday, and 8:00 am-5:00 pm during Saturday and holidays. (Lem Leal Santiago/SOCOM-Binondo Church)