On the eve of the start of the month-long overseas absentee voting for Filipinos, a Philippine Catholic bishop on Friday reminded OFWs again of the "4P's" they have to consider in choosing the candidates they will vote for.
According to Balanga, Bataan Bishop Ruperto Santos, overseas Filipino voters should support candidates based on Program, Protection, Promotion and Prosecution.
"Atin pong sundin ang apat na P's sa pagpili ng ating kandidato: Programa sa trabaho, Pangangalaga sa buhay at sa inyong mga mahal sa buhay na naiwan, Paggalang sa inyo at sa inyong karapatang pagkatao, at Pagpaparusa sa mga nanglilinlang, umabuso at nagpahamak sa inyo," said Santos in a pastoral statement addressed to Filipino workers abroad.
Santos heads the Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines.
In his pastoral letter, Santos noted that the country needs leaders who can provide livelihood-generation programs and can protect OFWs from abuses, maltreatment, and exploitation.?
At the same time, Santos said that aside from the academic and professional qualifications, morality is still an important attribute to consider in choosing the country’s next leaders.
"Let us now use our hands in choosing and voting for true and a moral person," he said.
The Balanga bishop reminded the voters to also support candidates, who defend life, promote the dignity of the human person, and who can prosecute lawless elements.
“We are the ones who will benefit from the people whom we voted. And we are the ones who will also be affected from whoever we elected to government posts,” he said.
Over 1.3 million registered voters for the OAV are expected to participate in the month-long elections that will start on Saturday, April 9, and will run until May 9.
Filipinos abroad will be voting for president, vice president, senators and party-list groups. —KBK, GMA News