The head of the social action arm of the Philippine Catholic bishops’ conference called on candidates in this year’s national elections to stop peddling “fake news” during their campaign.
“Candidates should turn away from disinformation or fake news, deception and slander whether against other candidates or to promote themselves,” said Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo.
In an interview over Radio Veritas 846 on April 18, the prelate urged candidate to “express truth and honesty and strive for excellence particularly in programs they are proposing.”
“They should draw strength and guidance from God to sustain them in public service, these are the best expression of love for God and for others,” he said.
Bishop Bagaforo reminded candidates that truth is the most beautiful form of service.
“We call on all political candidates to evaluate their words and deeds against the call to repent of malicious and wicked ways and to uphold sincerity and truth, to return to God and His ways and to rely on God for strength and renewal,” said the prelate.
The bishop, who is also lead convenor of faith-based coalition for clean elections “Halalang Marangal 2022,” said truth and honesty should be shown by the candidates in presenting their platforms.
“We reminded (everyone) that the positions they are vying for are not positions of power and privilege but of service,” said Bishop Bagaforo.
He said public servants are “God’s instruments to minister to the people and not lord it over them,” adding that “malice, wickedness, corruption and self-interest should have no place in public service.”
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