MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines’ powerful Catholic Church is to ask Filipinos to vote candidates who support birth control out of office in the May elections, a Church official said Saturday. [powerful?!?! Now the media is calling the Church "powerful"???]
The guidelines, to be read at Sunday masses across the country, are seen as an attack on President Benigno Aquino III’s allies who pushed for a controversial birth control law that was passed last year. [That is why the balding dude's move is to discredit the Catholic Church with the sudden and mysterious SWS Survey result! Mysterious? Simple! SWS needs money to conduct a survey. And it said that is has been making the study for years! Really??? Years??? For free??? Bah-humbug! In your dreams!!!]
Archbishop Socrates Villegas, vice president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, said in a copy of the pastoral letter sent to Agence France-Presse: “Pro-choice is anti-life.” [Because it is! Choice of death!]
He added: “We advise you not to vote for the candidate if the candidate cannot declare a categorical and clear ‘no’ to divorce, abortion, euthanasia, total birth control and homosexual marriages or death issues.”
The law requires state health centres to hand out free condoms and birth control pills and mandates that sex education be taught in schools.
However, the Supreme Court has temporarily suspended the law as it resolves at least six legal challenges filed by the church’s allies.
The Philippines is to hold mid-term elections on May 13 for the House of Representatives, half the 24-seat Senate, and thousands of local government posts.
About 80 percent of the Philippines’ 100 million people are Catholic, a legacy of Spanish colonial rule that ended in the late 1800s. [So????]
The Church remains one of the nation’s most powerful institutions, helping ensure that the Philippines remains one of the few places on earth where both abortion as well as divorce remain illegal. [Evil cannot be made legal! Period! And if your "church" isn't fighting evil, then it IS for evil. Well, what can you expect from a "church" founded by an ego-maniac rapist who is not only hungry for the flesh and power but most of all for money! Yeah, I am talking about both Felix and Eliseo!]
Reacting to the pastoral letter, Aquino spokesman Ricky Carandang told AFP: “We trust in the wisdom of the Filipino voter.” [yeah.........like voting for that anti-Catholic ingrate named Benigno III.]
The document also urges Catholics to shun candidates who are “antagonistic to church teachings and practices”, philanderers, drug dealers, and those who destroy the environment, buy votes or engage in terrorism. [Hmmm...pretty much all sitting politicians, no? Like those in the Liberal Party, Akbayan, Gabriela, Bayan Muna, Kabataan, Alagad...]
Villegas, who heads an archdiocese in the vote-rich northern province of Pangasinan, however warned the church against outrightly endorsing its own candidates.
“When the Church endorses candidates in political elections she always ends up a loser,” he said.
For that one, we will be very specific.
Go visit "Don't Vote Pro-RH Politicians" and Catholic Vote Philippines and see who must not be voted
NoPPCRV. They give the same crap every year: Voter's education.
As if it has worked before.
Look at where we are right now with that voter's education thing!