Choose leaders with a heart for the common good --- Archbishop Du

Palo, Leyte Archbishop John Du urged voters in the May elections to choose candidates with a heart for the common good as an expression of patriotism or love for the country.

Archbishop John Du (Radio Veritas image)

In his homily for the novena mass offered by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) aired over Church-run Radio Veritas, Archbishop Du encouraged the voting public to go for leaders who will work for the good of all towards a more progressive country.

"There are many ways that we could show our patriotism or love of country but patriotism is best expressed in our promotion of the common good. This coming election, we hope and pray that all of us will consider the common good as a foremost concern in choosing our candidates,” the Church leader said.

The prelate supports the freedom to choose who to vote for as the country’s next leaders based on beliefs and principles and not because of somebody else’s influence or money.

“Let us respect one another. Our choice mirrors our dignity as a person. Let us not be influenced by anything or anyone. Let us exercise our freedom to choose but never give in to hatred or rush judgment,” stressed Archbishop Du.

“Let us seriously think about our right to vote, the freedom to choose who is going to lead our country. Let us diligently seek the truth that we may know what is right and avoid evil,” he added.

The PPCRV Prayer Power Campaign 2022 started last Sept. 9 and will last until May 9, Election Day. The campaign aims to seek the Lord’s guidance for responsible voting for the future of the country.

The Church continues to conduct voters’ education through platforms such as the Catholic E-Forum of the One Godly Vote Campaign of the Manila archdiocese that helps voters in getting to know the candidates.