MANILA, July 18, 2015—A lay leader is not impressed with the argument that Church people should not meddle in politics, saying people who subscribe to this belief do not really know what politics really means.
Not necessarily dirty
“Engaging in politics is not the same as politicking,” said Henrietta “Tita” T. de Villa, who currently chairs the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), a Church-backed, volunteer-run, and non-partisan poll watchdog, in a recent episode of Catholic show “Know The Truth”, agreeing with host Marwil N. Llasos.
“Politics is not necessarily dirty. Granted it may appear dirty at times, but it is all the fault of dirty politicians, not politics itself,” she added.
And precisely because of elected officials who misuse and abuse their power, the former Philippine ambassador to the Holy See stressed this is reason enough why Filipinos, especially the ones active in their parishes, must get involved in political affairs to ensure the election of office leaders who are God-fearing, competent, honest.
“We have to take part … Everyone has to take part, because what is at stake here is the common good. Politics should be founded on moral values, that is why we have our priests, our shepherds to guide us, their flock, in this matter,” she explained.
“Responsible voting is a Christian deed, a Filipino duty,” she added in Filipino.
Moreover, De Villa enjoined baptized Filipinos to let their Christian values influence their choice of candidates in the forthcoming May 2015 elections.
Quoting the Prophet Micah, she shared. “You have been told, O mortal, what is good, and what the Lord requires of you: Only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God” (6:8). (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)