The Diocese of Tagbilaran is conducting voting education seminars across the city as the Catholic Church boosted its efforts in reminding the electorate to carefully discern and vote for candidates who are most capable to hold seats in government in the May 9, 2016 local and national polls.
According to Father Agerio PaÃ±a, chancellor of the Diocese of Tagbilaran, parishes across the city are leading votersâ€™ education seminars. Groups like the Gagmayâ€™ng Simbahanong Katilingban and Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), and other pastoral arms in the diocese are also organizing the same events.
These parishes and groups serve as guides to voters in choosing capable leaders who could implement positive changes in society particularly in areas they serve, he added.
Pope Francis declared 2016 as the Year of Mercy and Compassion and has consequently been spreading through the Catholic Church that nations should pick leaders who would prioritize the alleviation of poverty and helping the less fortunate.
The Catholic Church has also been voicing out against voting for candidates who are solely depending on their popularity and pay money to get votes they need.
Church leaders also expressed their concerns over violence caused by political battles and candidates who resort to dirty tactics during the elections and the days leading to it. The Church has been advocating peaceful and clean elections free from incidences of cheating.
The Church has also spoken against mudslinging between candidates and their respective supporters, urging Boholanos to not speak ill as result of political rivalry. Â (with reports from Rey Tutas)