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Get political the Australian bishops urge their people

SYDNEY (SE): As Australia wades through its longest ever election campaign on the torturous road to the July 2 polling day, the bishops of the Land Down Under have released a strong appeal for Christians to pressure political parties for an end to what they call the throwaway culture espoused by the two candidates for the top job, the incumbent prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and opposition leader, Bill Shorten.

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Election outcome: rule of law or the gun?

The greatest upset in Philippine presidential elections this past May 9 has been the phenomenal ninety-day campaign by the then little-known mayor of Davao City in Mindanao-—Rodrigo Duterte, a one term congress member but mayor for more than two decades. He rose to national prominence three months ago by being his own true self.

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Detained but free to vote

MANILA (Agencies): Some 42,252 prison detainees across The Philippines got to cast their vote during the May 9 elections, CBCP News reported on May 10.

“We recognise the rights of the detainees to vote and choose their respective candidates,” Richard Schwarzkopf Jr., the superintendent of New Bilibid Prison, Metro Manila, said.

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One of three priests-turned-politicians wins election bid

MANILA (Agencies): Only one of the three Catholic priests-turned politicians succeeded in their election bids for public office.

Father Jeemar Vera Cruz, from the Iligan diocese, was proclaimed the new vice-mayor of Iligan City for a first term on May 10.

Vera Cruz, former vicar general of the diocese, defeated acting vice-mayor Providencio Abragan by over 12,000 votes.

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Duterte and Marcos lose vote in Vatican precinct

Hong Kong (SE): According to data from the Philippine Commission on Elections, presumptive president, Rodrigo Duterte, and Bongbong Marcos, son of the late ousted dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, who is running second in the race for the vice-presidency, lost the vote at the Vatican voting precinct.

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Vigilant collaboration with new government Philippine bishops say

MANILA (Agencies): Archbishop Socrates Villegas, the head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of The Philippines (CBCP), issued a post-election statement saying that the Church promises “vigilant collaboration” with winning candidates.

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Election comes with responsibilities cardinal says

MANILA (Agencies): Before the Philippine electorate took to the polls on May 9 to elect Rodrigo Duterte as the country’s next president, Luis Cardinal Antonio Tagle delivered a message on servant leadership to the candidates for national positions during a Mass at the Manila Cathedral on May 2.

Of the five presidential candidates, only outgoing vice-president, Jejomar Binay, and administration bet, Mar Roxas, were present during the event. 

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Promises of change can be misleading cardinal says

MANILA (UCAN): “Do not be mesmerised by surveys and claims of change by any means. Follow the road of the Christian disciple, faithful to the Lord Jesus and to the teachings of his Church,” Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, from Cotabato, The Philippines, said as he cautioned people not to be affected by promises of change made by those who ran for public office in the May 9 elections. 

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Vote for migrant-friendly candidates

MANILA (UCAN): Bishop Ruperto Santos is encouraging Filipinos abroad to vote for candidates who promote the welfare of migrants, as the absentee voting for this year’s presidential election got underway on April 9.

More than a million Filipinos—1,326,728 land-based and 49,339 sea-based—have registered for the overseas absentee vote in this year’s election.

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Duterte uses pope’s reply to intrigue

VATICAN (CWN): The expletive babbling mayor of Davao City and presidential candidate, Rodrigo Duterte, sent an apology to Pope Francis for his unpublishable tirade against him for holding up traffic when he visited Manila in January last year.

And to his apparent delight, he has received a response from Archbishop Angelo Becciu, the under-secretary of state at the Vatican, which says the pope appreciates the sentiments of his apology.

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