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Kapatiran bet counts on ‘Catholic vote’

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MANILA, Philippines—Is there such a thing as Catholic vote?

Ang Kapatiran Party’s senatorial bet John Carlos “JC” De Los Reyes believes there  is and he’s banking on it to make him win a place in the Senate.

But De Los Reyes was quick to clarify that by “Catholic vote” he was not referring to the bishops or priests and other religious.

“When I say Catholic vote, that means we’re banking on the laity, the people that comprises the 99.9 percent of the Catholic church,” he told Inquirer in a phone interview.

“When I say Catholic vote, that would mean the mobilization of the lay people… they have to move because unlike traditional politicians, we don’t have bailiwicks,” he added.

Asked if he was hoping for the endorsement of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines,  De los Reyes said “No, never.”

“Pero ang labo naman that the CBCP would urge the lay faithful to participate actively and lead in the renewing of politics, tapos hanggang doon na lang iyon,” he said, stressing that the Ang Kapatiran Party’s Church-based platform was  a response to the Catholic clergy’s call to reform  politics.

In a previous interview, Kapatiran founding chair and gun control campaigner Nandy Pacheco said the party will not actively seek support from church groups or church leaders in the coming elections.

“We will welcome endorsements. But we will no longer actively seek their support anymore. The Catholic Church, for instance, has guidelines on engagement in politics and through their pastoral encouragement they can tell the people whom to support,” he said.

In the 2010 elections, Kapatiran obtained the endorsement of several Catholic bishops and even leaders of lay groups and other churches.

De los Reyes said Kapatiran’s platform and issues—the prohibition of political dynasties, abolition of the pork barrel system, legislated gun control, passage of the freedom of information bill, opposition to the reproductive health bill—have not changed.

Asked if the party had a new campaign strategy, he said the were basically picking up from where they left off in 2010.

“Hindi naman namin kaya yung ginagawa ng ibang partido na sumasayaw, iyong entertainment lang,” he said.

“We’re campaigning to let the people know we’re running for Senate…. Right now we’re accepting invitations of those who believe in our principles and advocacy,” De los Reyes said.

He said he was not giving up his fight for change. “Why give up, other missionaries even go to the mountains, some even get killed.… It’s a mission, an advocacy.”


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  • quirinomayer

    Talagang matindi ang tililing nitong taong ito. Noong una akala niya puede siyang maging presidente maski dati lang na konsehal ng isang kunwari city. Ngayon naman, akala nya may Catholic vote. Dalhin na ito sa mental hospital. 

    • 12JEM

       Sobrang arrogante ang mga kandidato ng Kapatiran Party.  Akala nila nadadaan sa PANAGINIP ang panalo sa labanan sa politika. Hindi na nahihiya kahit ipinagngungudnguran na ang kanilang mga mukha sa mga ebak ng kalabaw ay heto na naman at akala mo kung sinong mga misyonaryong mga anghel.

      Catholic vote?….a refelection of a very foggy mind…BE REALISTIC….BE REAL..

      • 2rey3

        Puede bang maging arogante ang mahina at walang kapangyarihan?? Medyo bakla yata ang obdervation na ito. Ang mga makapangyarihan lang ang pwedeng maging arogante kagaya ng mga nasa pwesto. Determinado sa kanilang pinaglalaban is perhaps the appropriate term to use in describing these heroic people..

  • $23257130

    sino batong epal na to.  pppppppppppppppwwwwwwwwwwweeeehhh kadiri eeeeeeeewwwww

    • http://www.facebook.com/danilo.navarro.946 Danilo Navarro

      SINO SI READMENOW O SI DELOS REYES PAREHO NANANGINIP NG GISING..HE HE HE KAHABA HABA NG SINULAT WALA NAMAN KATORYA TORYA…KUNG SA LUTONG ULAM WALANG LASA O REKADO 

  • READMENOW2011

    HAVE READ THIS SUGGESTION IN NETIZENS PLAZA…

     
    CATHOLIC
    VOTE: @200K H4 85@12JEM:disqus T

    (85
    Ecclesiastical Territories to produce 200,000 votes each )

     

    STRATEGY:
    CATHOLIC VOTE: With less cost, multiply rapidly and go large scale… nationwide (CATHOLIC
    VOTE’ OPERATION:  @200K H4 85ET)

     

    1.
    BACKGROUND: From CBCP statement & newspaper reports

     

    CBCP: “It
    is the position the Church …We support and encourage the participation of the
    laity in electing competent and morally upright candidates who are faithful to
    their correct and informed conscience.”

    CBCP will
    support initiatives to choose ‘worthy candidates’

     

    CBCP also
    is in interested of the Catholic Vote

     

    2.
    SCENARIO

     

    The
    Catholic Vote may start dividing the Senatoriables into ‘DEATHS CANDIDATES’ and
    ‘PRO-LIFE CANDIDATES’

     

    How to do
    this?

     

    Send
    survey forms/questionnaires re their stand on issues involving DEATHS concerns
    (Divorce, Euthanasia, Abortion(RHB), Total Reproductive Health, Same sex
    marriage and Sex Education), their willingness to AMEND the RH LAW and support
    the issues raised by CBCP 106th Plenary Assembly.

     

    PRO-LIFE
    CANDIDATES means ‘DO NOT SUPPORT ALL OF THE DEATHS issues, COMMIT TO AMEND THE
    RH LAW and support the issues raised by CBCP 106th Plenary Assembly.

     

    Once
    finished, come up with CATHOLIC’S PRO-LIFE CANDIDATES in which the Church
    machinery could rally behind.

     

    3. HOW TO
    USE THESE DATA?

     

    CBCP
    Website records about 85 ecclesiastical territories (arch/dioceses) nationwide
    (84 of 85 arch/bishops were present in the 106th CBCP Plenary Assembly).

    Granting
    that the 85 territories/dioceses could produce 200,000 each (or 17 million)
    votes for the Catholic Vote, then it would be a sure victory for the PRO-LIFE
    CANDIDATES.

     

    Or at the
    very least the DEATH CANDIDATES are deprived of the same number of votes (17
    million).

     

    And this
    can win an election in 2016. Consider the last presidential election result:

     

    Benigno
    Aquino III -15,208,678 (42.08%); Joseph Estrada – 9,487,837      (26.25%);

    Manny
    Villar – 5,573,835 (15.42%); Gilberto Teodoro – 4,095,839 (11.33%)

     

    Remember,
    in May 2010 elections Sen. Bong Revilla topped and got 19,513,521 or 51.15%.

     

    Another option
    (2M @ 6H) that is, for the 2 million hard core pro-life catholics to convince
    at least 6 each (2 million x 6 = 12 million) enough to win a senate seat for
    the Church.

     

    In May
    2010 elections, Teofisto Guingona III was last with 10,277,352 votes or 26.94%.

     

    National
    registered voters: 51,292,465 (May 2010 Elections). Recently, it breached 52
    million.

     

    Having
    THIS as campaign platform: CBCP encourages Catholic Vote who in turn supports
    ‘WORTHY CANDIDATES’.

     

    Candidates
    means Senatoriables and congressmen. At the congressional district level (or
    Party List), 200K are already a swing votes for PRO-LIFE CANDIDATES.

     

    Put these
    candidates’ names in a tarpaulin in all parishes. Faith communities may
    contribute for the tarpaulin to be prominently displayed in parish grounds.

     

    Catholics
    must be PRO-ACTIVE. Ensure that those WHO will be elected are PRO-LIFE.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QSBNZB3TEKHJE5A74STZTTUHC4 ed0408

    KAPATIRAN you are being mislead by the church. Don’t be fooled, voters are now intelligent and discerning. You failed the previous election. Be intelligent or die!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/danilo.navarro.946 Danilo Navarro

    he he he kung nag iisa ka lang sa senado..BIG IF..kung mananalo ka sa akala mo ba maalis mo ang polical dynasty(gordon .villar binay estrada revilla garcia arroyo @ all)pork barrel gun control..mukhang nanaginip ka ng gising bro…gaya ka rin ni mitos at casino ang taas ng pangarap masama yan matindi ang lagapak..O NAHAWAHAN KA NA NI BRENDA

    • maypakialamtayo

      ikaw ang taong walang pangarap magbago ang buhay! yun bang galing sa hindi maganda papuntang maganda.

      • http://www.facebook.com/danilo.navarro.946 Danilo Navarro

        halos lahat ng pangarap ko natupad na bro ok ng tayo ko dito sa u.s.a yung pangarap ni de los reyes ang mahirap matupad polical dynasty eh lahi siya ng gordon,,yung pork barell papayag ba yung mga congressman at ibang senador be real tabalu. pihitin mo man pakaliwa o pakanan o deritso hinde mangyayari yan sinasabi ni de los reyes..at kung mananalo siya mag paka totoo ka bro tamo ako tunay kong pangalan at picture gamit ko dahil nag papa totoo ako ikaw blanko pangalan  at wala picture

      • abner

        hindi mga congressman ang naglalagay sa kanila sa sarili nilang pwesto…kundi mga tao… ibig sabihin, sa mga tao dapat lumapit, sa mga taong me mga pangarap din at gustong protektahan ang kanilang mga sarili…..mas maganda ng abutan ka ng iyong kamatayan ng lumalaban kaysa sa simula palang eh bahag na ang iyong bayhag papunta sa isang sulok at wala ng gagawin….

  • ryan andres

    Not going to seek CBCP approval – hehehe iwas pusoy si kasmot

  • sabaw_at_kanin

    sa Catholic vote ka ika mo huhugot ng boto? nakow, si Pope nga nag-resign na, wag ka nang umasa kasi sa kangkungan ka lang pupulutin.



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