MANILA, Philippines – The spokesman of the Liberal Party continues to court Catholic voters ahead of the May 2013 elections.
House Deputy Speaker and LP spokesman Erin Tañada hopes that Catholics will vote based on platform, agenda and qualifications and not only on the issue of the passage of the Reproductive Health Law.
This is after the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines hosted a thanksgiving lunch for legislators who voted against the bill. The Catholic leadership strongly opposed the measure.
Tanada noted that in the past, there is no solid Catholic vote. He said the LP is not worried that Catholics will vote against the administration candidates who voted for the passage of the RH bill because majority of Catholics and Filipinos wanted an RH Law.
He said he hopes that the Catholic leadership will move on. He said the Church can look at what it has in common with the administration including their desire to decrease poverty and unemployment and promoting good governance.
For his part, Marikina Rep. Miro Quimbo believes there is a Catholic vote but that Catholics should look at the overall performance, qualities and history of candidates before voting.
He said that voters in 2013 should vote wisely. He said members of Team PNoy are the candidates that will truly support and help President Aquino in his reform agenda and platform.