• ‘Don’t cheat, don’t sell your votes’

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    A Catholic bishop called on Filipinos to do what is right on election day by shunning cheating, vote-buying or vote-selling.

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    Bishop Teodoro Bacani Jr. of Novaliches said that voters can have their own “revolution of the heart” by making sure that the elections in Mar will not be marred by fraud.

    “The most important revolution is revolution of the heart or conversion,” the bishop said in his homily during the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the EDSA People Power revolution at the Edsa Shrine on Thursday.

    “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and follow it,” he said, reminding the faithful to always obey God.

    He urged candidates not to cheat and buy votes, and voters not to be used by politicians by selling their votes.

    “We must obey God rather than men,” he stressed.

    The bishop said that for society to progress, people should “help thy neighbors not only with our hands but with our hearts, and those hearts must have Jesus Christ.”

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    1. opinionated na pinoy on

      Poverty and greed are the main ingredients of vote buying and vote selling practices. Because of poverty, poor voters will sell their votes and greedy politicians will buy them. Honesty, integrity, and fear of GOD do not exist during these transactions.

      These bad practices can be mitigated in the next half century if we start addressing poverty at the root level and double the Education budget to give less fortunate but deserving students the chance to get into a higher level of education. The time to act is now, to give the next generation of Filipinos the better opportunity.