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Elections are not popularity contests, archbishop says

Philippine prelate cautions voters to cast ballot according to their conscience

Published: April 06, 2016 07:22 AM GMT
Elections are not popularity contests, archbishop says

The election is not a popularity contest, Philippine Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan says.

The archbishop told voters not to be influenced by pre-election survey results.

Archbishop Villegas urged voters to "be careful" and choose candidates according to their conscience, saying they are called "to take courage and make moral decisions."

"Do not choose depending on who is topping or trailing in the surveys," the archbishop said.

"You are called to take courage and make moral decisions. Your vote can make heaven come down and make our country beautiful and good as God desires it," he said.

The appeal is contained in a pastoral statement issued by the archdiocese on April 3, which calls on Catholics to heed the Ten Commandments when they cast their ballots in May.

The election guideline will be read in all the parish churches in Pangasinan after Sunday Masses until the eve of election day.

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