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Archbishop tells clergy not to campaign for any candidate

AS the May 9 national and local elections draw near, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma reminded his clergy not to use the pulpit to campaign for any candidate.

Speaking after the Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, Palma said that the pulpit is not the right place “to campaign for any candidate.”

However, he stressed that priests, as citizens, have the freedom to back a candidate in their personal capacities.

Cebu is among the country’s vote-rich provinces with more than three million voting population.

Palma said the Catholics Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines is set to release a guideline on how to be a “responsible voter” in the coming elections.

“We are coming out, the CBCP, with a pastoral letter,” said Palma.

Palma, a former CBCP president, added that as a general rule Church leaders should be nonp-artisan.

“But lay people should feel involved. They should campaign for those they believe will deliver the good for the country,” the archbishop added. (SST)


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