Serve public, not self: prelate-A A +A
Thursday, October 4, 2012
CEBU Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal reminded candidates in the 2013 elections not to forget that their task, when elected, is to serve the people.
“(Their) real purpose is to serve the common good of the people … not (serve one's) self,” he said.
On the other hand, he urged voters to study the traits of candidates and not be swayed by offers of money or considerations.
Asked if he has been visited by candidates, the 81-year-old prelate said not yet.
Some politicians would visit the prelate prior to elections to receive blessings or ask for help through prayers.
Vidal said the Reproductive Health Bill could be an issue among congressional bets, but he declined to say if the church will come up with a list of candidates it will support for opposing the proposed measure.
“It (decision) depends on my brother bishops,” he said.
Some church groups launched activities that enable voters to choose the right candidates during the election.
Dilaab Foundation Inc. developed the LASER—which stands for lifestyle, action, supporters, election conduct, reputation—test as a way for voters to evaluate candidates.
Anti-RH Bill advocates, meanwhile, announced plans to support candidates who share their stand.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 04, 2012.