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Who is the big spender Cardinal Rosales and the Bishops referred to?

Posted by akosistella on March 16, 2010

By William M. Esposo | The Philippine Star

It is untypical of our Church leaders to specify the political personality or personalities being adversely referred to by a Pastoral Letter. Even at the height of abuse, oppression and repression during the Marcos dictatorship, the Pastoral Letters that were issued then by the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church exemplified the targeting of the sin instead of the sinner.

Thus, it came as no surprise that the recent Pastoral Letter issued by Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales and 15 Bishops of the Manila Metropolitan Ecclesiastical Province did not specify a particular presidential candidate when they warned voters not to elect big election spenders. The 16 Church leaders typically focused on alerting voters of the danger that big election spenders pose to the country.

“Excessive campaign expenses in the past did not augur good and responsive governance,” Cardinal Rosales and the 15 other bishops stated in their Pastoral Letter. The Pastoral Letter added: “Freedom in an election means no physical coercion and no use of threat or money to influence or buy votes.”

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