Among the presidential candidates for 2022, only María Leonor Robredo and Ferdinand Marcos Jr. are the strongest. I have many reasons to support our current Vice President, but this post will only cover the main reason why, as a Catholic, I am voting for her. Sadly, this is the same reason that many anti-Catholics would NOT vote for her.
As voters, regardless of what creed we hold, we all have something or someone that we really care about and that can influence the way we vote. For me, for example, I love my faith. I cannot imagine life without the sacraments that nurture our souls that God provides freely through his Church. So my vote would go in favor of someone who is not against the Church and who will probably listen and consider what the Church would say.
We all know as Catholics that God is always with his Church until the end of age (Matthew 28:20). And since God is the source of all goodness, his Church cannot in any way influence anyone to do evil. This is the reason why she maintains her doctrines that promote the common good and reject all kinds of evil like contraception and abortion, euthanasia, same-sex marriage, communism and other forms of evil that are so destructive especially to the basic structure of society which is the family.
Speaking of families, my wife and I have three young kids and I don’t want them to find out in the future that I unwisely voted for a politician who supported an evil that the Church condemns.
The Church, as a prophet, speaks on behalf of the people when there is injustice and abuse of power. This was evident during the Marcos regime especially during and after the Martial Law. The Church is always in solidarity with the people, especially with the oppressed and marginalized. She is always with them and helps them with their needs, be they physical, mental or spiritual. However, with her limited resources, she can’t cope with everyone’s cries, so she becomes their voice.
In the past, it used to be that when the Church spoke, everyone, including the state, listened and took appropriate actions. But today, due to the crisis of faith, every time she says something they ignore her, if not they persecute her. We want a government that always listens (at least listens) to the Church for the good of many especially our children and the next generations after them.
We are a Catholic country and we need someone who would listen to the Church, especially when she gives voice to the cries of those in need. This is the main reason why I support this humble lawyer from Bicol who, from the beginning of her career as a local public servant, did not choose to accumulate wealth and power. Instead, she gave her all for the benefit of the less fortunate and the needy.
That is why the people voted for her to become the Vice President of our beloved country. A role given to her by God through which she would continue to help the country even with the limited budget of the Office of the Vice President. And with the ingenuity and influence that she possesses, as well as the resources that will be made available when she becomes president, I am confident that she will be able to help improve the lives of many Filipinos.
Being a practicing Catholic herself, there is a high possibility that Robredo will hear what people would say through the Church. This is something I don’t see in other candidates who I think are only running for office drawn by the power, wealth, and fame that the world of politics can offer. These are the kinds of politicians who I think would cause a lot of damage to the country in many aspects.
We are always reminded to vote wisely and to vote as our conscience tells us. But we all know that only God can help us with our decisions. This doesn’t happen overnight after browsing some fake news articles, spliced videos, and social media memes. We have to ask the Holy Spirit to increase our wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. Only then we can recognize and defend the truth and decide for the best.
The election date is months away and I can change my mind as the Holy Spirit inspires me. For now, I will continue to support Robredo but at the same time I will criticize her if she says or does something inappropriate against the Church or against the people she serves. After all, we must not be blind fanatics of anyone and we must use the reason that God gave us.