Caritas Philippines, the social arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), assured that it will continue to be non-partisan as the May 9 elections approaches.
“We are very clear with our stand and it is that Caritas Philippines is non-partisan, Caritas Philippines national director Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo said.
“This is also true with our Diocesan Social Action Centers,” he added.
The prelate stressed that the Caritas Philippines remains “faithful to our mandate with the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) to ensure clean, honest, accurate, meaningful, and peaceful elections.”
On the other hand, the Kidapawan bishop clarified that the Catholic Church will never be neutral in the face of social and moral issues.
“We will proclaim what is true, just, and right. That is our moral obligation. That is why we will speak and act in favor of human rights, the sacredness of life, ecology, and the truth, among others,” the prelate stated.
Bagaforo explained “it is our sacred duty to know our candidates well.”
“Let our choices be a reflection of our life-earned values. Let us choose who among them will help us be better, not the one who only promises instant gratification,” he said.