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Catholic vote: Cardinal Tagle lauded for supporting Roxas, Diokno, Poe, seven other Senate bets

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Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has virtually endorsed the candidacies of eight Otso Diretso senatorial bets and two other independent candidates in the May elections.

Former Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacerda has lauded Tagle’s endorsement of the senatorial bets, saying it was a “courageous act” similar to the stance made by the late Manila archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin.

“Since Cardinal Sin, this is the first time the putative head of the PH Catholic Church has spoken on choices. Zeitgeist compelled the Church to go beyond motherhood statements,” he tweeted.

“This is a courageous act, a battle between principles and expediency. I know where I stand,” he said.

Tagle earlier urged priests to spread the senatorial picks of the People’s Choice Movement (PCM), a lay group, to the Catholic community. The list includes Gary Alejano, Bam Aquino, Neri Colmenares, Chel Diokno, Samira Gutoc, Florin Hilbay, Romulo Macalintal, Grace Poe, Mar Roxas and Erin Tañada.

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