Manila Apostolic Administrator and Chairman of the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on the Laity, Most. Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, D.D., explained that an individual’s involvement in political issues is considered an expression of his patriotism.
In his homily last Sunday, May 9, Bishop Pabillo mentioned that the 2022 elections will show love, exploitation, and negligence for the country.
He also explained that one’s demonstration of his love for the country is by voting wisely to deserving officials to govern for the country’s prosperity.
“Next year, May 9, ay election day natin. Exactly isang taon na lamang, election na naman. Sa panahon ng election nalalaman ang social aspect of love. Dito nakikita ang pagmamahal sa bayan, o ang pagsasamantala sa bayan, o ang kapabayaan sa bayan. Mahal natin ang bayan kung ang pinipili nating mamuno sa bayan ay ang karapat-dapat para sa ikabubuti ng lahat, the common good,” Bishop Pabillo said.
The Bishop also emphasized that voting wisely is not enough because having good candidates to vote are also important.
“Pero hindi lang sapat na bumoto nang maayos. Paano naman boboto ng nararapat na wala namang nararapat na tumatakbo? Ang politika ay hindi masama. Ang pakikisangkot sa politika ay maaaring isang pagpapahayag ng pag-ibig sa bayan. Kapag mabuti ang mga kandidatong tumatakbo, maaaring may pagpipilian ang mga tao. Kaya dapat may mabubuting tao ding tumaya ng sarili alang-alang sa bayan. Kaya habang nananawagan tayo sa mga tao sa pagboto ng maayos, nananawagan din tayo ng mabubuting tao na tumakbo para sa bayan” he added.
Last May 9, 2021, church bells were rung for the May 2022 elections which serves as a reminder to people to be registered voters. This was a call by the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA)/Caritas Philippines.
According to National Catholic Reporter, His Holiness, Pope Francis, urged Catholics to get involved and “embroiled” in politics because it is one of the “highest forms of charity” since it seeks the common good.
“That is not the way. The church is the community of Christians who adore the Father, follow the way of the Son and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is not a political party,” he said. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)