Catholic Church will hold elected officials accountable for campaign promises

National Director of Caritas Philippines and Bishop of Kidapawan Jose Colin Bagaforo. Photo courtesy of Caritas Philippines website

The Catholic Church in the Philippines has pledged to continue its post-election agenda of holding newly elected leaders accountable to their campaign promises.

National Director of Caritas Philippines and Bishop of Kidapawan, Jose Colin Bagaforo stressed that people’s vigilance does not end with the election, but will continue throughout the tenure of elected government officials.

Bishop Bagaforo, who leads Halalang Marangal 2022, in addition to providing voter education and monitoring elections as part of the church’s program, also monitors the pledges of candidates who have signed a pact with the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Social action centers for good governance in various provinces.

“We will continuously publish, exhibit and disseminate information about their commitment programs and the agreements they have signed,” the Bishop said in a radio interview.

According to Bagaforo, these include the implementation of programs for the environment and respect for human rights.

“May we work together, work together and always for the greater well-being of our people and our country,” he added.

The Bishop said elected officials in government, as leaders of the country, have an obligation to deliver on their promises to the people, including advancing issues that are for the greater good.

Halalang Marangal 2022 is a “coalition of faith-driven organizations” committed to clean, accurate, accountable and transparent elections.

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