Posts Tagged ‘Catholic Vote’

2 Priests Fail in Elections, No Catholic Vote?

(From left) Fr. Leo Casas and Fr. Ed Panlilio. Photo courtesy of

There is no such thing as Catholic vote.

MANILA (17-May-2013) – The two Catholic priests-turned politicians failed in their bid to be elected for public office, according to latest results from the Commission on Elections.

Suspended priests Fr. Ed Panlilio has already conceded defeat to incumbent Lilia Pineda as Pampanga governor while Fr. Leo Casas is losing badly in Masbate gubernatorial race.

Panlilio had 125, 407 votes as of 3 pm Thursday while Pineda got 505, 248 votes, according to partial unofficial tally of the Comelec representing 74.37 percent of the Pampanga election returns (ER).
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What Catholic Vote?

Details Published on Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00 Written by DUCKY PAREDES

‘What after all, is God’s word on the State and Religion? Isn’t it “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s,” as reported by the Gospel of Matthew?’

THE answer is clear. There is no Catholic vote. Not only that; Catholics also do not want their Church to get in their way by telling them how to vote or who to vote for. To me, that is what my Church should learn from the last election.
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94% of Pro-RH Bets Winning

By Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 17, 2013 – 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines – The looming victory of local and national candidates who supported the Reproductive Health (RH) law only showed there is no Catholic vote, the Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD) said yesterday.

“The victory of the pro-RH candidates in the recently concluded elections is an affirmation that leaders of the Roman Catholic Church cannot dictate the results of the elections,” PLCPD executive director Rom Dongeto said.

“There is no Catholic vote and no black propaganda of the church can steal victory from candidates who advocate reproductive health,” he added.

PLCPD said data from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) partial tally showed 94 percent of more than a hundred pro-RH reelectionists are seen winning in their respective districts and party-list system.
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Panawagan Para sa Catholic Vote

Magandang gabi po sa inyong lahat.

Nais ko lang pong manawagan at humingi ng tulong sa lahat ng ating mga kababayan diyan upang makita ang nawawalang “Catholic Vote”. Huli po itong nakita sa kasagsagan ng eleksyon nuong Lunes, a-trese ng Mayo, taong dalawang libo at tatlumpo. Ito po ay bigla na lang naglaho na parang bula, at mula nuon ay hindi na po nakita ulit.

Ayun po sa ilang mga huling nakakita, kasama daw po ito sa opisina ng Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines o CBCP kasama ng mga Obispo at Pari, pati na rin ang ilang mga politiko tulad ni Mitos Magsaysay ang mga miyembro ng grupo ng “Ang Kapatiran”.

Kung sakali lang po na makita po ninyo ang Catholic Vote na ito, maaari lang sana po isumbong ninyo agad sa pinakamalapit na himpilan ng pulisya. Para po mapabilis ang paghahanap sa nawawalang Catholic Vote na ito, handa po kaming magbigay ng pabuya sa sino mang makakatulong sa paghahanap nito. Ang pabuya pong ito ay ang garantisadong pagpasok sa langit kapag siya ay sumakabilang buhay na.

Madali pong makilala ang Catholic Vote na ito dahil sa ilang mga palatandaan: Una, ito po ay naka puti. Pangalawa, ito po ay mahilig mag pantasya sa kanyang impluensiya.

Naway po ay matulungan ninyo kami na makita agad itong nawawalang Catholic Vote.

Maraming salamat po.

Initial Poll Results Show ‘Catholic Vote’ had Little Effect on Votes

May 15, 2013 4:52pm

If the initial results of the May 2013 elections are any indication, the so-called Catholic vote did not make a noticeable impact on the polls.

Partial and unofficial results as of Wednesday show that only six out of the ten candidates endorsed by the Catholic-backed White Vote Movement have made it to the top 12 so far.

The movement had endorsed the candidacies of Nancy Binay, JV Ejercito, Richard Gordon, Gringo Honasan, Marwil Llasos, Mitos Magsaysay, Koko Pimentel, Antonio Trillanes IV, Cynthia Villar, and Miguel Zubiri.

However, only Binay, Ejercito, Honasan, Pimentel, Trillanes, and Villar seem poised to get Senate seats—and all of them had ranked highly in the surveys even before they were endorsed by the movement.
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CBCP Warns of ‘Catholic Vote’ vs RH Bill Advocates

Posted at 11/25/2012 1:44 PM | Updated as of 11/25/2012 7:15 PM

RH bill advocates endorsing ‘ethnic cleansing’ – bishop

MANILA, Philippines — An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is urging the faithful to use the “Catholic vote” in choosing their rightful leaders this coming 2013 polls.

In an interview with Radio Veritas, CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Family and Life Vice Chairman and Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles said it is high time that Filipinos use their religious beliefs in rejecting candidates who are not following the Church’s teachings.

He said elective officials have long been snubbing the so-called “Catholic vote,” which he believes is still a force to be reckoned with.

“Kaya kapag mayroong kandidato na hindi sumusunod sa utos ng Diyos, dapat tanggihan yung mga ‘yun. At kailangan na magkaroon ngayon ng Catholic vote. Dapat ipakita natin ang pagiging tunay na Katoliko. Marami diyan ay mga pekeng Katoliko, yun ang naghahari sa atin,” Arguelles said.

He said the “ethnic cleansing” being promoted by some officials can be countered via a Catholic vote.

“Ethnic cleansing itong ginagawa nila kung bakit isinusulong ang [reproductive health] bill sa bansa. Gusto nilang ubusin tayo. Kaya ang mga Katoliko ay bumoto ayon sa utos ng Diyos,” he said.
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Catholic Bishops Threaten to Campaign vs Pro-RH Lawmakers in 2013

BY ANDREO CALONZO, GMA NEWS August 5, 2012 7:14pm

(Updated 10:17 p.m., 5 August 2012) The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Sunday threatened to campaign against lawmakers who will support the controversial reproductive health (RH) bill currently pending in Congress.

CBCP secretary general Msgr. Joselito Asis said officials of the Catholic hierarchy in the country plan to issue a “catechesis on elections” to serve as checklist for voters in next year’s midterm elections.

He added that bishops may also issue separate pastoral letters endorsing candidates who will oppose the RH bill.

“We will identify the pro-life candidates and convince voters against electing the anti-life ones… For the bishops’ part, they can separately issue pastoral letters, reiterating the Church’s call not to vote supporters of RH bill, especially in Congress,” he added.

The CBCP official’s statement came two days before the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote whether or not to continue debates on the RH bill, formally known as House Bill 4244.

Asis added that the CBCP will be “more aggressive in influencing” voters next year. He, however, acknowledged that the Roman Catholic Church cannot dictate upon its faithful.

“Whether or not the voters heed the Church’s advice, it’s up to them. All we’re asking is for them to stand firm in their pro-life convictions in choosing who to vote [for] in the elections,” he said.
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