Priests see more politicians going to church as poll draws near



DIGOS CITY—Ignoring the Third Commandment, politicians go to church, claim to have received God’s mandate, and proceed to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to file their certificates of candidacy (COCs).

The Church knows it’s hypocrisy, but it does not discourage the politicians. Besides it’s only once in three years that churches get SRO attendance during weekdays, never mind that the warm bodies are politicians and their followers who go to church only during election time.

The triennial explosion of zeal began Monday with the opening of the candidates’ registration for national and local offices in next year’s midterm elections.

In Digos City for example, politicians, including former Davao del Sur Rep. Claude Bautista, who is running for governor, heard Mass at the Mary Mediatrix Cathedral on Wednesday before proceeding to either the Comelec provincial office or its city election offices to file their COCs.

Fr. Santos Villahermosa, vicar general of the Diocese of Digos, said the Church could not stop politicians from entering churches or attending Mass before filing their COCs because there was nothing wrong with that.

Villahermosa said only the politicians knew their real intentions in attending Mass or entering churches.


He said he could not tell if the politicians were really seeking divine guidance or just putting up a show to gain more support, especially from Catholics.

“I would not know if they were seeking God’s help or were just trying to [gain] publicity. We cannot judge them,” Villahermosa said.

In Zamboanga City, Msgr. Cris Manogas, officer in charge of the Archdiocese of Zamboanga and administrator of the Metropolitan Cathedral, said it was up to the candidates if they wanted to start their political careers by hearing Mass.


“You know we feel good when we start a day with prayers. It energizes us. I know most of our candidates here are prayerful,” Manogas said.

For candidates who only go to church when they file their COCs, although he said he knew of no one in the city, Manogas said the clergy did “not want to pass judgment.”

“We don’t judge their hypocrisy,” he said. “If they use the church [they will answer to God for it]. Besides the people know who are really prayerful and those who are not.”

In the 2010 election, Manogas said some politicians sought the guidance of clergymen like him.

“A couple of political aspirants approached me for guidance, but I told them it was they who would face the people and be accountable for what they would say and promise,” he said.

Originally posted at 09:00 pm | Thursday, October 04, 2012

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  • KenKhoy

    true…. and those politician suddenly found their  calling and donate thousands of pesos in cash and in kind to the church where the padre welcome them  with wide and  open armsa………. many times i witnessed this ugly scene. the padre even stopped the ceremony in the middle of the mass and made special mention of  their puking names and  welcoming those clowns………….. father and politicos deserve each other??????????????? 

    • reddfrog

       Illegally gotten / blood money.

  • opinyonlangpo

    Politician’s prayer:” God is good and the devil isn’t bad either”. One way or the other, a determined politician will do all he/she can to win the election be it good or bad. That’s why there is campaigning, vote buying, intimidation, betrayal and so on. 

  • atreus88

    A politico’s prayer ….. “Lord make me pure but not yet ….. maybe after my term”.

  • calgary2526

    there could not be a more fitting time for the church to do good for the country than NOW. that instead of being in the pulpit and blabbering what makes a good candidate why not tell the flock directly, without mincing a word, by name who gets a vote and who does not.

    Erap, Enrile and the lot- the church knows very very well what these individuals are made of

    • superpilipinas

      Nope. Sorry but RC church will not do that. They will probably endorce 1 or 2 only for their being outstanding Catholic(s).

      Only INC and other protestant churches endorse a whole list. But that would be a like “kiss of death”.

  • Bengatibo

    Padre Damaso will be happy again, as donations will flood the Catholic church from politicians waiting to be endorsed !!!

  • dequis

    sa mga lamay din nandoon ang mga iyan


    • Alloywheel1

       kape.  kape.  kape. at biscoho.  Sing!!  “nang si Hudas ….”

  • Jeremiah_CheGuevara

    Catholics must remember not to vote for pro rh candidates since they go against the commandment of love and promote the culture of death!

    • Noel

       Show me God’s commandment that’s against RH Bill ?

      • xrisp

        Love God with all your mind, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength.

      • reddfrog


      • Noel

         So where does it say God is against RH Bill ?

      • Alloywheel1

         What is he talking about?

    • marionics

      well considering that most are of the cafeteria type then we can’t expect very many anti votes he he

    • Branch_Warren

      very insightful – against the commandment of love and promote the culture of death.
      oh, BTW, i am being sarcastic.

    • K A N A

      How is love related to the mass production of children that can’t be supported by their own parents? 

      • Noel

         We need to understand the Catholics who seldom use the bible and base their beliefs on man-made teachings and tradition many of which are of pagan origins.

    • Alloywheel1

       I like your name.  Jeremiah, a Jew.  Che Guevarra – an atheist.  Good thinking (sarcasm, in case you don’t recognize) Mr. Catholic.

  • $23228448

    yes still trying to buy their way into heaven……..

    • marionics

      well just in keeping such traditions as indulgences. st. peter’s basilica in rome could not have been built otherwise

  • Noel

    Not only the politicians.  Ordinary Catholics only attend Mass during Lenten and Christmas.

  • carlcid

    Religion is often used as a refuge by scoundrels.

  • Onofre

    Hypocrites!  They go to church for show, so that people would see that they are religious and pious.  They want to show that they belong to the larger denominations to gain support of the members and the church.

  • Panch1t0

    What else is new? They even go to cemeteries asking the dead to vote for them.

  • virgoyap

    During election time politicians are very generous. Priests will notice a big increase in church collection. For them (politicians) the bigger the amount they contribute for the church the more God will help them win. During election time, God is always gives a sarcastic smile because He can read very clearly deep inside their heart.

  • bol pen

    It is high time for the catholic church to teach the people to do what is right and live by examples. Many Catholics fail to live what is in the Bible because it is a failure on the part of the prelates themselves.

    • Jomex

      People do not get all their morality from the Bible. If they do, they would be killing homosexuals, sacrificing their children and murdering other races and ethnic peoples. How do you think we advanced into our civilization right now, if not for secular society and science. If we lived using the Bible alone, we would still be in caves and nipa huts (well, some of us in the Philippines are still living in huts hehe) and still think that the earth is flat and we are the center of the universe. No serious thinking person will think for a minute that a 2000 year old collection of books is the absolute source of morality. Oh wait…(awkward silence)…Sure, the Bible has some good stuff in it like the Sermon on the Mount, but most of the Bible is littered with barbarism, death and punishment that will shock even a crazy person.

      • romeyo chill

        that’s very true Jomex.  A lot of scientists were put to death because of religion. 

    • Alloywheel1

       “No _ell below us…Above us only sky”…. John Lennon  (Note Mr. Sotto)

  • xrisp

    Its very easy for people to judge other people. By doing this, they become hypocrites themselves. They see themselves as good people than the others and so they believe they are rightly to be favored by God. They see well the offenses to God of ther people when their own offenses maybe even worse. God is so merciful to us by forgiving our sins but we cannot even give some breathing space for other people by condemning them.

    • Alloywheel1

       “There is no heaven…It’s easy if you try”  …John Lennon

  • Jomex

    Well, politicians and religious often compliment each other. The former pander to the religious to get votes; the latter use politics – well, to get more power. I just shake my head when the Kapatiran, obviously mostly religious people, are running for  public office. They are clearly theocrats whose agenda is to propagate religion in politics. Now, i dont know whats worse: corrupt politicians or theocrats? Of course both are insidiously wrong for our politics. I dont mind voting for politicians who are catholic, inc, muslims as long as they have a well thought out plan for the economy, as long as they keep their religion out of politics, they are fine by me.

    • Alloywheel1

       Theocrats are more dangerous.  They are less tolerant to other religion.

  • MangTeban

    The Church leaders can have the “hypocrite” politicians. The true believers are falling away, ironically, due to the hypocrisy of Church leaders.

  • akimaxx

    Huwag kalimutan ang abuloy at halikan ang mga kamay ng mga Damaso. Sabay luhod.
    Flashback: naala-ala ko si Erap.

    O kay bilis ng panahon, hanggang ngayon Pilipinas mahirap.

  • pedronimo

    As election nears, more politicians go to church. After elections, these politicians hope to go to the bank.

  • salak sakan

    Baka gusto lang makita ng mga candidato ang nakabistida na mga paring….

  • intsikbeho

    it should be a mandate to ban politicians from meeting with priests and other religious group leaders during election season

  • John TWT

    Remnants of our past traditions when the Church was central even in secular affairs.
    I think this is more psychological than anything else. And it’s got nothing to do whatsoever with any spiritual, divine guidance seeking stance before throwing oneself into public service.
    For me, it’s nothing but a shallow attempt to impress a spiritually inspired candidacy.

  • regd

    And all of them will say it’s God’s will! And the humble God will respond in silence because he knows these politicians are forcing their will on HIM! And then they messed up their will and blame God. 

    Politicians, especially Pacman, always mistook their will to be God’s will! ALL THE TIME!

    God has only one will: He will that none shall perish. Politicians are just doing the opposite.

  • k

     same as more priests will start going to the politicians after the elections like the pajero bishops..ganyan lang yan…weder-weder lang naman kaya wagng magreklamo ang mga pari.

  • kilabot

    using holy water, they will wash their hands, ears and eyes, gargle, and wipe their pockets. start with a clean slate.

    • Alloywheel1

       Lysol would be more effective for sanitation.  99% germ-free, as their ad says.

  • James

    karamihan sa mga botante na kabataan ngayon marunong ng pumili, nagsawa narin,,mga bago naman ang iboto, may mga alternative na kandidato naman dyan,,kakasawa ang kanilang pangalan nangungulakoy lang naman..,,, tama na trapos,,

  • James

    parang ang bango ng pangalan ng mga ito,,, tama na,, kakasawa ng kau…iba naman

  • mike8232

    good opportunity for assassins to strike so we can finally get rid of trapos 
    you get 2 birds with one stone the corrupt politician and the pedophile and corrupt priest

  • Josemakabayan

    Fathers Tama kayo, they are asking GODs help to win and putting up a show so that the people will vote for them, and when they get elected they show their TRUE COLORS !!!! THAT OF A WOLF !!!!


    >>>Priests see more politicians going to church as poll draws near<<<

    ABA, bakit naman……kayo lang bang mga priests ang EXPERTS sa HYPOCRISY?

    • Noel

       Walang pinagkaiba ang mga Pari at Pulitiko di ba?

      • UrHONOR

        MERON!  Yong isa naka-puti at yong isa naman ay naka-itim.  Yan ang pagkaka-iba.  Yan lang.  Sa iba pang mga bagay….the same pareho.  Parang ice cream na sorbetes.

  • charlotte203

    it would be interesting to find out if voters consider candidates’ religiosity when they decide…a negative result would save a lot of people the trouble

  • joerizal

    Likewise, the Church will once again be glad to see their donation baskets overflow with “donations” from these politicians. Hypocrisy applies both ways.

  • Alloywheel1

    Of course, the priests won’t stop them. More attendees.  More ‘dough’.  Churches are like politicians … “only additions not subtractions”.  Even the devil himself goes into church, make his donation, the priest will gladly take it.  It’s all money, my friend, all for money.


    After the elections, yon namang mga pari ang nagdadasal sa mga upisina ng mga politikos para makahingi ng tulong pang SUV!  Swak!

  • tekateka

    Einstein: God, a sign of weakness….

    – the reason why Filipinos are sooooo weak…

  • JoekS

    They just don’t go to their own church. They attend religious ceremonies of every church in town. 

  • oraman

    Ok lang namang pumunta ng simbahan ang mga pulitiko…kung ano man ang motibo nila pagpunta ng simbahan ay hindi na natin alam yun…karamihan naman kung saan saang simbahan pumunta hindi lang sa simbahang katoliko…..

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