MANILA Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Monday urged voters not to choose pretenders or so-called “fake leaders” in the coming 2016 local and national elections.
Tagle said voters should be discerning and critical in choosing candidates, noting that voting is a sacred right.
“Voting is not just a civic duty. It is a sacred act because voting is supposed to emanate from your conscience. Let’s not vote on who is popular. And more important, we should not vote because we were paid to do so,” the prelate said in vernacular in his radio program in Church-run Radio Veritas.
“Discernment is very important. That is why we need to know the backgrounds of those seeking our votes,” he added.
He stressed that voters should look for a candidates with known track-record and a true servant leader, who is not a thief or a paid hack and whose only concern is the interest and welfare of the people.
“Don’t vote a fake servant leader. A fake servant leader is a thief, while a good servant is not. A good servant leader will not steal from government, get rich in office or take advantage of his sheep,” Tagle said. “Vote wisely, one good vote will make a difference.”
The prelate called on Filipino voters to join the “One Good Vote” campaign of election watchdog Parish Pastoral Council on Responsible Voting (PPCRV) and the “Huwag kang Magnakaw (Thou shall not steal)” campaign of the Archdiocese of Manila Public Affairs Ministry.
Tagle earlier advised presidential aspirants Sen. Grace Poe, former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and Vice President Jejomar Binay to raise the bar and integrity of the political campaign.