Around 1,000 priests sign manifesto supporting Robredo, Pangilinan
MANILA, Philippines—Around 1,000 priests have pledged their support for the candidacy of the Vice President Leni Robredo and her running mate Senator Kiko Pangilinan.
The Clergy for the Moral Choice on Friday released its statement of support to the endorsement on the candidacy signed by the priests all over the country.
“Tayo nawa — mga pari at mga relihiyoso — ay tunay na magkaisa at sikaping maipanalo natin si VP Leni Robredo sa pagkapangulo… Huwag din natin kalimutan si Sen. Kiko Pangilinan bilang kahaliling lingkod sa bayan,” the manifesto of support read.
(May we, the priests and the faithful, truly unite and make VP Leni Robredo win the presidency… Let’s not forget Sen. Kiko Pangilinan as her assistant in serving the country.)
The clergy group said they chose to support Robredo — who they also call a “servant leader” — because of her “clear vision” for the country.
“Si VP Leni nga ay isang pinunong-lingkod at tunay na lider na may malinaw na vision o pangarap para sa ating bayan,” they said.
(VP Leni is a servant-leader and a real leader who has a clear vision and dream for our country.)
They also said Robredo is the best contender to defeat presidential front runner Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., which, they said, is posing danger to the country.
“Sa hanay nga ng mga kandidatong tumatakbo sa pagkapangulo ngayon na maaaring makapigil sa pagbabalik ng angkang nagdulot sa atin ng hirap at dusa noon ay wala ng hihigit pa kay Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo,” the group pointed out.
(Of all the presidential candidates that could prevent the return of the family who caused us misery and pain, no one can surpass the potential of Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo.)
They continued: “Ang ating bansa at nanganganib na muling pamunuan ng dati nang nagpahirap at nagpalugmok sa ating bayan; isang anak at tagapagmana ng kanyang ama na matagal na namuno sa ating bayan… Muli na naman ba tayong magpapauto at magpapadala sa kanilang mga huwad na ngiti, salita, at pangako?”
(Our country is in danger of being ruled by those who made her suffer. The son and heir of his father, who ruled us for a long time…Are we gullible enough to believe their fake smiles, words, and promises?)
The said priests and bishops are among the growing number of church people including several lay organizations who are openly supporting the candidacy of Robredo and Pangilinan.
It can be recalled that several religious organizations endorsed the candidacy of Robredo, like the leadership of the Council of the Laity of the Philippines, the Couples for Christ international council and more than 500 members of “Pari Madre Misyonero Para Kay Leni,” among others.
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