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Archdiocese in Philippines plans to instruct voters on favored candidates

April 22, 2013

A Catholic archdiocese in the Philippines plans to inform voters about the political candidates favored by the archdiocese in the country’s May 13 elections.

“The people are asking to be told,” Archbishop Ramon Arguelles of Lipa told a television audience. He said that while there should be no endorsements from the pulpits, the archdiocese will distribute sample ballots, marking the names of the candidates who are regarded as acceptable.

Archdiocesan officials made their choices after consultations with lay leaders, the archbishop said. The candidates are ranked for their stand on abortion, divorce, and the country’s new reproductive-health law; and for their opposition to mining and logging efforts that are seen as threats to the local environment.


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