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fear of God in him' and supports means

pCM simply wants to stop

federalism, on the pCM conten- his agenda.

,that

the present state of the

not ieadt ror da.Jir.

Sen. Grace Poe and leftist Nery tion

colmenares, rhe LP.campaign country is

Atussleof two presidents

warns that if the administration's and charter change.,,

Sets nine out of l2 Senate seats

can

enact fieedom'eroding

tiol and a new Chaner.

up

Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HnP) slate Bishop Pabillo"said '30 candi- So, if one opposes the president,s

Ot o Diretso, poe

for grabs, P-resident Rodrigo Duterte two knock-out issues." How that and Colmenares. lf one suppons

dates were eliminated on these initiatiu"r, uot"

but one surmises that

legisla- cut-off was done isn't explained, them, vote Hnp The election then

anyone boils down to a contest between

= Duterte could also remove Sen. silent about Duterte's God- and

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Leila de Lima, abrogate the Mu- Church-cussing,

and

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two visions for the philippines,

supportive Duterte,s and Aquino,s.

tual DefenseTleaty with the United offederalism was out.

Oh, and- Speaker Cloria Arroyo, and honor;

HnP supporti harsh measures

against crime, drugs,. terrorism,

States, and forge onerous security The final round ofselection was

and economic accords with China. based on four criteria: 'Character and insurgency; swift action on

competence and abili- corrupt oficiais, including presi-

public service; dential appointees; massive infra-

God,

the Con- structure funded by sweeping tax

reforms; friendship witn cttin"

and less cozy ties with America;

retiring from Congress after three ties; faithfulness to

seoetary.

.- terms as Pampanga lawmaker, could and faithfulness to

- be named Execurive

stitution and the laws."

Then in 2022, the LP scenario Even a seasoqed joumalist like

speculates, she can become prime this wdrer, with a decade of Cabinet- and federalism.

minister if the govemment turns

federal-parliamentary with presi- nearly40 years dential daughter Sara Duterte as be hard-pressed

levelgovemance

those weighty

experience on top of

The Lp wants to stop bloody

ofmedia work, would police and,military operations,

to make a

criteria.

list using while confronting ihina with US

backing,

And it w-ants to continue

going the preient form ofgovernment. In

short, a return to m;ch ofAquino-

president- Thus, asserts one oppo-

sition online message, 'we

might

fust compiling and

as well say goodbye to the Repub- through

lic we hold dear, as we know

it.'

the research on eich of

the 32 shortli$ted candidates, era governance.

How did pGM choose

its slate?

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challenging.

US and iis allies, drug and crime

Hence,

it is essential in

evaluat-

syndicates, communist rebels and

hit by Mindanao martial

segments

western liberal ideais.

But what do FiliDinos want?

fudgin!

frorn ru."yi, ,ort ,

,

see crime'drop

by 25-

With leading prelates backing the ing the PCM's discernment and terrorists

l0

called People's Choice Movement and their

candidates

favored'by the so- selection

tp know its members }aw, and

choosing

two

of the inter-

qualifications and data national coirmuniry adhering ro

(PcM), rnany

catholics maywon- sources in vetting and

pick

or

der ifit is sinful to

support candidates. can pcM or our

other senatoriables.

It's not

The

prelates name them, and explain

exactly they

church Magiste- how

assessed chirac- glai tJ

rium, particularly its social

.

doc- ter, competence, public

and fidelity to

sewice, i0 p"rcent, after tripling under

Aquino; i.3 million diug uiers and

pushers surrender; and

ioverty

de-

iline by more th"n a quun., sir,

2015, to 16 percent nlw.

china still causes concern, if

trine, upholds subsidiarity, which

respects-every

to vote

freely.

All are

enjoined not to sell

God and laws?

citizen's prerogative one maynote that despite their

professional achi6vements,

hopefuls

Romy

Lp

Macalintal and

were never public

votes, but choose candidates who chel Diokno

advance the common 8ood, with servants.

adlice from knowledgeable people longtime

with solid information, sound and Koko

Then ask why they beat not outrage, but distrust has fallen

legislators

Cayetano significan-tly. And Charter change,

faiored by only one-third of poll

pim€ntel.

Pia

who backs r€spondents, iould win broider insurgency support depending on provisions

con-

proposed. luore piwer and funds

"the

regions would be wel-

constiru- comed, alJng wirh measures ro

to be ior

end dynasty

ird moneypolitics.

judgment, and upright intentions. why is colmenares, But bishops and their lay advis- the atheist communist

ers like the PCM are not the only aiming to overthrow the duly

source- of good voting counsel. stituted governmEnt, deemed

Indeed, they too may be misin- faithful to God and the

formed or biased, especially if

they tion, more than, say, church-going

former top cop Bato dela

get their views and information

from one partisan

port a partisan

Judging

camp,

agenda.

from PCM's purported '

Rosa, so, if Hn'p beats Lp, miybe, iust

maybe, it's

because

peace and order, les, pou.rty, rnor.

people

iike

or sup- with his decades of law enforce-

ment work?

one

may never know

the an- infrastructure and lous, ana tne

But

chance to vote

on

i

new

criteria forchoosing candidates and swers or the PCM discerners.

the 10 they selected, there could be one can surmise that the Duterte- giving more cash and clour to the

Charter

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backing HnP slate were dropped

in the first PCM winnowing. That

regions.

That's not a sin either. So, listen

Its first screening excluded and the

call to stop nine turerte ro all contending parties andcandi-

anyone "who does not have the allies from entering the Senate dates, and choose wisely on May 13.

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