Bishops break tradition, back JC de los Reyes' candidacy

Saturday, March 6, 2010 |

Six local Catholic bishops have already announced their support for Ang Kapatiran Party (AKP) standard bearer JC de los Reyes, calling it "the conscience vote for 2010."

Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles, Bishops Antonio Tobias of Novaliches, Joseph Nacua of Ilagan, Antonio Palang of San Jose de Mindoro, Vicente Navarra of Bacolod, and retired Bishop Teodoro Bacani, and Legazpi Bishop Joel Baylon declared support for De los Reyes, who is an outspoken critic of the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) Bill.

Although it had earlier urged its followers not to vote for candidates advocating the bill, the Catholic Church as a whole has never openly endorsed a political candidate.

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