CBCP won't endorse any candidate for 2013


Posted at Apr 24 2012 09:06 AM | Updated as of Apr 24 2012 05:06 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines will not endorse any candidate in the 2013 elections, according to its president Archbishop Jose Palma.

Palma said the role of the Church is to give important guidelines to the voters about good qualities of government leaders.

He said it is also the obligation of the people to examine the track records of the candidates that they are going to vote.

The people should look for track records, manner and many other ways to have a good leader. We will never name politicians but to guide,” Palma said over Church-run Radyo Veritas.

Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes, meanwhile, criticized some political advertisements of prospective candidates for the 2013 elections.

The bishop said the ads are a form of premature campaigning and politicking to sell themselves early to voters.

“I hope our lawmakers would make a law prohibiting politicians to be commercial endorsers especially that the election is near. They should be disqualified,” he said. Report from CBCPNews