Defend your faith, don’t sell votes, Quezon bishop tells Catholics

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LUCENA CITY — With the start of the official election period for local candidates, Quezon Bishop Emilio Marquez on Sunday urged the faithful not to sell their votes and defend their Catholic faith.

“Don’t ever sell your votes in exchange for cash, rice and other favors from politicians. What you’re selling is your dignity and self-respect. And that is wrong,” Marquez said in his homily during the Easter Sunday Mass at the Saint Ferdinand Cathedral here.

Local candidates nationwide have started campaigning on Black Saturday following the official start of the 45-day campaign period.

Marquez reminded churchgoers that the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday was meant to strengthen the foundation of the faith of all Catholics.

“You’re all Catholics. It’s your duty and obligation to defend your faith,” the prelate said.

He urged the faithful to be strong. “Do not be tempted with money from politicians which you will regret afterwards,” he added.

Marquez disclosed that in the 2010 election, he was disappointed when he learned that some of his lay ministers, which he did not identify, were involved in the distribution of money to buy votes. This, he said, should never be repeated in the coming May election.

At least two lay ministers at the Cathedral ran in the 2010 elections.

The bishop said he received severe criticism when he allowed the posting of “Team Buhay” and “Team Patay” tarpaulins on the wall of the cathedral and 36 other churches in central parts of the province under the supervision of the Diocese of Lucena.

Marquez reiterated the tarpaulin message was not meant to be a form of campaigning against any candidate but was just enlightening the faithful that the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) law must be repealed because it is an “insult” to God and to the Catholic doctrine.

“It’s your vote. The final decision is all yours,” the bishop told churchgoers.

Seven senatorial candidates were tagged by the diocese as members of “Team Patay” for supporting the RH law. They were Team PNoy candidates—Senators Francis Escudero, Loren Legarda and Alan Peter Cayetano, Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara and former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros; Cagayan Rep. Jack Enrile (United Nationalist Alliance) and Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño (independent).

Leftist partylist groups Gabriela, Bayan Muna, Akbayan and Anak Pawis are also on the “Team Patay” list.

Senatorial candidates listed under “Team Buhay” for opposing the RH law were Sen. Gregorio Honasan, Rep. JV Ejercito Estrada and Mitos Magsaysay, all with UNA; and Parañaque Rep. Cynthia Villar and Sen. Koko Pimentel, both with Team PNoy.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, who also voted against the RH law, was not included in the “Team Buhay” list.

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  • buttones

    I have to say, a priest, who is essentially a member of an organization that is in no way democratic, rather more an absolute elected theocracy going on about what people should do with their democratic vote quite amazing. There was no mention of the buyers of these votes, just the sellers- why is that?

    • farmerpo

      Very perceptive indeed. No buyer, no seller.In the political market it is easier to monitor the buyers than sellers. Comelec is blind or pretending to be blind, technically.

      • buttones

        I maybe wrong here , but I don’t think, that in the entire history of the Republic of the Philippines there has ever been one case brought to Court, and convicted and sentenced of ANYBODY selling or buying a vote…

    • Jane Tan

      I may be wrong here… but, when a person “upholds their faith” in order to enter Heaven, aren’t they also selling their vote?

      • buttones

        Well there’s an interesting thesis. If it might be the case we are given some sort of vote when we are born, in order to ‘uphold a faith’ whatever that faith might be and other faiths vying for this vote from this religion or that, which we have to avoid in order to get to this ‘heaven’ or this Nirvana or whatever it is, and vote accordingly only to the one true religion, which ever that one is [and nobody has any idea anyway] Well that’s a sell out. I wonder if this ’heaven’ is only restricted to certain religions? If I have been a good girl, charitable, lived a life of serving the poor, been kind, given away all my wealth, have shunned corruption, even sold my Porsche and given the proceeds to the ’poor’ but am not a believer in this ’heaven’ – but it exists- will I be denied entry?

      • Jane Tan

        I’ve thought about that awhile back and found out that the easiest thing to do is to not compare religions, but to simply live my life with what I’ve come to realize as “good” morals and ethics. I’m pretty sure that, growing up, I knew enough that killing is bad. Even without the Catholic Church telling me.

      • buttones

        I have been around a bit and met so many people of so many religions, and in all of them I found a commonalty, a sort of basic Ten Commandments, a human code to live by, this code is in fact not even religious in any sense. It is rather more a social code. It is not peculiar to the RC, in fact this code might be instinctive, animals have the same unwritten code.

      • ARIKUTIK

        To save fellow human is instinctive code. To kill for the sake of grandeur is evil’s code.

        RH pills kills babies and mothers die, poisoned by RH cancer pills.

      • buttones

        NOT true, the instinct is to save oneself, not the guy next to you, that
        is why people who DO save the guy next to them are extraordinary, an exception a hero even….See? On the genocidal pill
        you keep going on about well don’t take them!, There is no law that say you should is there?

      • ARIKUTIK

        The words of heaven is written in the heart of every creature. If it was not corrupted by glitters of gold or eat all you can salivating tongue then a heart that remains pure red pumping muscle untainted by black blood of greed and envy. One will be accepted in heaven S/hes did not believe because purity of original God given heart is the gate pass in God’s kingdom.
        Everyone is accountable to itself, no other human can intercede.

      • philip hernaez

        no..it is your conscience that speaks. to make it short, sell your vote if you like because urges you for anything. the priest just speaks as a guide. go there in Iglesia ni Cristo. even your brother is a candidate and he is not included in their list, you can’t vote for him.

  • UrHONOR

    SALAMAT sa iyong payo, TATAY!

  • julieboy

    Sell your votes,its your money anyway but vote for the ones who deserve to win.

  • Hellomr

    Some people even sells their own organ in order to survive so can’t expect people not sell their vote…. What we should do for the media is broadcast any pilitician that buys
    the vote. Once he win And we know that this politician will do everything to get that money back from the tax payers fund…

    • Jane Tan

      Obviously. Erap didn’t win because he knew how to govern the country.

  • eigendik

    “Don’t ever sell your votes in exchange for cash, rice and other favors from politicians… be like us bishops…don’t settle for anything less than an SUV!

  • Ph3n0M47

    mixing Church and State yet again…when will we ever learn

  • hustlergalore

    let us recall, may election. hello garci. cbcp. crowne plaza. meeting. gloring. abswelto sa cheating. LOL

  • virgoyap

    The Catholic Church not to get involve in partisan politics ha ha ha ha!!

  • Yobhtron

    Defend your right to vote, don’t listen to Damaso priests and bishops. Vote with your wits and conscience!!!

  • alfred sanchez

    ariba anti catholic

  • Manuel_II

    Kakahiya talaga mga paring toh, tandaan nyo kung bakit nag buwis ng dugot pawis ang ating mga ninono para sa ating kalayaan at karapatang piliin natin ang ating gustong ihalal, ang pag boto nyo ngaun ay dahil sa kanilang sakripisyo at isa ang mga paring katoliko sa mga nag pahirap at dahilan kung bakit nag rebelde ang ating mga Ninono.

    Wag natin hayaan muling diktahan na mga Pari ang karapatang buhay ang naging kapalit, wag na muling magpapadikta sa mga Damaso.

  • batmanlaijai

    May kapalit kaya kung nilagay ka sa “Team Buhay”?….hmmm… wala naman siguro… may tiwala naman ako sa mga BISHOP!… pero bakit nilagyan ng Team Buhay tsaka hindi kumpleto? Kala ko dapat Team Patay lang para malaman ng mga tao ang bumoto sa RH Bill?…. ano say nyo? Ayaw ko rin maniwala na may bigayan ng mga kotse… matagal na yon tsaka nabisto na… alangan naman ulitin pa… ano kaya meron?

  • Jane Tan

    ….People vote to uphold their rights… not their faith >.>

    • buttones

      Very true, that is so true, but the lines get blurred, I have a President and his minions, and even his opponents blathering on about their ’faith’, I have even a SCJ who declares her post is by divine intervention- this is the level of people in PH we have to deal with. A bit more concern for the most of us, and a bit less on their overt concerns about their personal religious beliefs would be most welcome.

      • Jane Tan

        People in the Philippines are too religious. Some may even call them fanatics because they are ‘priest-wannabes without restraint’ – like those people who board public buses and tell everyone that they are going to Hell unless… etc etc.

        When an employee gets promoted, he thanks God. Please. God gives us hope, God gives us the resolve to do our job well, which is what led to the promotion.

        Some people even go so far as to wait for a “sign” from God before they make their decision. God created us with the best gift in the universe, which is free will. Its like spitting at the face of God by throwing His gift back to Him.

      • buttones

        I agree, and I also think God gave us a brain to use, reasoning, cognitive sense. We simply cannot sit on our heels and make endless demands for ‘hope’ and constantly rely on God to get us out of situations we create for ourselves-
        it’s like a captain of a ship running his ship into the teeth of a typhoon andit sinks, and the owners want it to be declared an ‘Act of God’- it wasn’t, why blame God for the captains stupidity? I think religion is a very private matter, we should not wear our religious badges on our sleeve like some sort of Girl Scout, nor drag them out for display in order to convince other people how pious we are- “Look at me! I am VERY religious- vote for me!”
        If we do achieve whatever success we have, we might want to thank God privately for the brain he gave us, putting those thanks all over the newspapers, to elicit some sort of praise from other people I find rather distasteful- and that’s putting it politely.

  • richard ortega

    take the money and vote whoever you want.

  • disqus_2UHnpynRqs

    the good bishop tells us not to sell our votes and yet he allowed the putting up of posters for team patay/team buhay…what gives? isn’t he also influencing/buying our votes and the currency is not pesos, but faith and enlightenment, kuno?

    • 2loving

      yeah, “good bishops”, like the “SUV Bishops”. . . who receive gifts from politicians for their endorsement and help during elections. . . for those dioceses who have not receive yet, pls hang the posters permanently, who knows those parish priests will receive next. . . ^^

  • boybakal

    Selling is better than Buying.

  • ARIKUTIK

    Whom shall i believe, creatures who eats my tax or those who care for my spiritual well being ? I’d rather believe in charitable men than robbers and killers.
    RH poison pill kills both the Poor baby and mother for the enjoyment of Rich Robbers.

  • WAJ

    they are claiming their rights when they cast their vote. By the way, Faith is within a person and not in any way or form part of any religion.

  • akosibonjing

    mUkha mo escudero! ang aga aga puro kalokohan ang pinagsasabi mo!

  • boybakal

    Seven senatorial candidates were tagged by the diocese as members of
    “Team Patay” for supporting the RH law. They were Team PNoy
    candidates—Senators Francis Escudero,

    Kindly include Team Lasing.

  • kikomonkey

    Naku si lasinggerong chiz escudero laman na naman ng balita! papansin kang ungguy ka!

  • rodnylacson

    Namoka Escudero! kapal ng apog mo! wag ka ng tumakbo hoy!

  • tommyhilfinger

    Di ko gets actually kung ano problema ng simbahan, di naman sila dapat umeepal eh. Preach about Jesus, don’t mess with politics!

  • BoredRomeo

    Makinig kayo sa simbahan pag dating sa values, have your own interpretation, since spirituality is personal. Don’t let the church dictate who you’ll vote for, because they shouldn’t. It’s very hypocritical.

  • Stuubs

    When you sell your vote, you are also automatically going to loss your right to demand for accountability from our public officials…. corrupt voting public, deserves corrupt public officials !

  • KateDulce

    naturingang pa namang simbahan katoliko sabay ganto ang ginagawa,bigyan naman nating ng kahihiyan ang rehilyon natin..

    • DingGalang

      onga eh nababahala na nga ako sa gingagawa ng simbahan patungkol dito..

  • MarieUntalan

    ok sana eh kaya lang mali na ang paraan ng simbahan,,,baka maraming tumiwalag sa simbahang katoliko kung patuloy na mangyayari to.

  • RogerLerma

    for i what i think, catholic church should stop this madness, this aint right anymore.

    • RamonTuliao

      you’re right, sana itigil na ng catholic ang kalokohang ito..

  • philip hernaez

    TRANSFER NA KYO SA IGLESIA NI CRISTO. DOON KHIT KAPATID MO KANDIDATO SUBALIT HINDI KASAMA SA LISTAHAN NG MGA MANOK NILA EH HINDI MO PWEDE IBOTO.

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