A Catholic bishop in the central Philippines reminded Filipinos to always think of the “common good,” especially during the conduct of next year’s national elections.
“Patriotism seeks the good of the people, of the Filipinos,” said Bishop Patricio Buzon of Bacolod during Mass for the Church’s poll watchdog Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting this week.
He said patriotism is about “working for the common good of our people,” adding that it is the reason why the Catholic Church is serious about strengthening the PPCRV.
Bishop Buzon said “politics is a lofty vocation” and the Church “should work hard to prepare our people to (be) good leaders that can promote and work for the common good.”
Meanwhile, Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani Jr. said one cannot separate faith from politics because part of faith is love and service to others, which is also the primary role of politics.
“Whenever and wherever, we will always be Christians,” said the prelate in an interview over Church-run Radio Veritas 846’s “One Godly Vote” campaign that aims to help voters prepare for the 2022 elections.
The Church leaders’ statement came as Sara Duterte-Carpio, daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte, tendered her resignation from Hugpong ng Pagbabago, the party she founded in 2018.
“It is with profound sadness that I hereby tender my resignation from our beloved party,” said the younger Sara who is rumored to be running either as president or vice president next year.
“My support will always be with you and I will always be grateful for all the things you have taught me,” said the president’s daughter who is also mayor of Davao City.
Earlier this week, Duterte-Carpio withdrew her candidacy for reelection as city mayor, fueling speculations that she will run for a national post.
The mayor, however, cannot run for a national position under Hugpong ng Pagbabago, which is a regional party.