MANILA, Feb. 8, 2016– A Church-based poll watchdog group called on candidates to take the campaign period with dignity and respect.
Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) national chairperson Henrietta de Villa said she is hoping that politicians will have more maturity in dealing with each other.
“Magpakatao ka! Makipagkapwa tao ka! Magkampanya ka ng wasto!” said de Villa.
“Give due dignity to your person by conducting daily examination of conscience to realize that you were made in the image and likeness of God,” she said.
The PPCRV head particularly urged candidates to give due dignity to life by conducting “violence-free campaign” and with due regard to the environment.
“No lives taken, no lives damaged,” said de Villa. “Give due dignity to nature by conducting your campaign that does not deface/nail trees/plants with your posters/placards and does not pollute the environment.”
Also, she asked candidates to give voters the dignity they deserve by engaging in clean, honorable, accountable, meaningful, and peaceful campaigns.
The campaign period for national candidates, or those running for president, vice president, senators and party-list groups, will run from February 9 to May 7.
On the other hand, candidates for local positions will begin on March 25 and will run up to May 7. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)