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National candidates to sign Church-backed covenant for clean elections

  • Written by Mia B. Billones
  • Published in Nation
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Presidential bets and other candidates for national positions are expected to gather today for a Mass with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila.

The occasion will be highlighted by the candidates’ signing of the Covenant for Truthful, Responsible, Upright, Transparent, and Honest (TRUTH) elections.

Other bishops and priests of the archdiocese will be concelebrating the Mass around 9 a.m. at the Manila Cathedral.
   
Manila archdiocese-run Radio Veritas said it has invited all the presidential, vice presidential, and senatorial candidates to sign the covenant.
   
Aside from Tagle, other witnesses to the covenant will include Bishop Leopoldo Tumulak of the Military Ordinariate, Commission on Elections chairman Andres Bautista, and Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting chairperson Henrietta De Villa.
   
Task Force Eleksyon 2016 chairperson Atty. Rona Ann Caritos; Huwag Kang Magnakaw Movement lead convenor and Archdiocese of Manila Public Affairs head Fr. Atillano Fajardo; Pilipino Movement for Transformational Leadership lead convenor Atty. Alex Lacson; and CBCP Committee on Public Affairs Executive Secretary Fr. Jerome Secillano will also be present.
   
Fr. Anton Pascual, president of Radio Veritas, said the event is also a “spiritual preparation” for the May 9 elections.