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Philippines' Bishops speak out against corruption


The Catholic Bishops in the Philippines have issued a strong pastoral statement on corruption in the lead-up to the May elections.

The Manila Times reports: "More than ever, political patronage, payoff and personalities dominate our electoral process not principles, party platforms and genuine people's participation."

With these in mind, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines on Monday called on the faithful to be more vigilant in restoring a clean, honest and orderly election in May.

"We reiterate the call to the Catholic laity to exercise their Christian responsibility and noble calling to be involved in politics through education in social responsibility, nonpartisan poll watching in the conscientious choices of candidates," Fernando Capalla, CBCP president, said in a pastoral statement.

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Manila Times – Catholic bishops urge faithful to be vigilant in May election



27 Jan 2004