MANILA, May 6, 2016— Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila urged voters not to “waste votes” in what is expected to one of the hottest presidential races in recent memory.
With only four days to go before the elections, the cardinal said it is time voters have a real choice for a genuine change.
He said because of the “blessing” of democracy, the voice of the people is heard on how they want society is shaped.
No Church endorsements
“Let us not waste this blessing… participation in forging the destiny of our country,” Tagle said.
The prelate also reiterated the Church’s position not to endorse any candidates as a way to show respect to the capacity of every faithful to choose their leaders.
He said the Church believes voters should be given the freedom to choose their candidates based on their own conscience.
“We don’t want to preach participation at the same time curtail the people’s capacity to participate intellectually, rationally, and with conscience,” said Tagle.
What they can do and they have been doing, he added, is to continuously encourage Catholic voters to be “responsible” in their choice.
“As we vote, we participate by choosing people who will represent our dreams, our desires, our destiny. We should elect people who can be representatives of the country,” he also said.
“What a blessing to be able to participate… What a blessing but what a responsibility,” added Tagle. (R. Lagarde / CBCPNews)