By Leslie Ann Aquino
An official of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has discouraged the faithful from using pre-election surveys when choosing their candidates in the May 13 midterm polls.
“Voters should not allow surveys to sway them from voting for the best and right candidates to choosing the ‘winnable’ ones,” CBCP Public Affairs Committee Executive Secretary Fr Jerome Secillano said in an interview.
“Voters should vote for candidates based on abilities and their stand on issues and not on their association with any popular leader,” he added.
In the past, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo also asked the electorate not to go for a candidate just because he or she is “winnable” according to survey results.
“Do not join the bandwagon. You are not wasting your vote by voting for one you believe in. By voting for a bad person because he is winnable, you are being an accomplish in destroying our country,” he said.
The prelate also discouraged the electorate from blindly voting by party lines.
“A good party can have rotten eggs, and likewise, a despised party can have a few jewels. Political parties in the Philippines do not count. Once in office they do not act as parties. Vote for individuals and examine each individual separately from his party mates. This means a good voter should be able to cross party lines. Transcend party politics,” Pabillo said.
To note, eight of the 13 senatorial candidates of the administration’s Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) party recently dominated the Pulse Asia survey namely; Sen. Cynthia Villar (2nd), former presidential assistant Christopher “Bong” Go (3rd), Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara (4th), Taguig Rep. Pia Cayetano (6th), former PNP chief Ronald “dela Rosa (7th), former senator Ramon Revilla Jr. (10th), Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos (11th), and Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III (12th). #MatalinongBoto2019