St. Scholastica's nuns endorse Robredo-Pangilinan tandem

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Nuns from St. Scholastica's College, an all-female Catholic school, participate in a protest ahead of the 32nd anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution at the People Power Monument in Manila, Philippines on Saturday, February 24, 2018. Ahead of the 32nd anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution, protesters gathered in Manila to protest President Rodrigo Duterte's efforts to change the Philippines' current constitution, as well as the extended proclamation of martial law in Mindanao island. The People Power Revolution (EDSA Revolution) culminated between 22 to 25 February 1986, wherein a citizens' uprising ousted the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. (Photo by Richard James Mendoza/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: Nuns from St. Scholastica's College, an all-female Catholic school, participate in a protest ahead of the 32nd anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution at the People Power Monument in Manila, Philippines on Saturday, February 24, 2018. Ahead of the 32nd anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution, protesters gathered in Manila to protest President Rodrigo Duterte's efforts to change the Philippines' current constitution, as well as the extended proclamation of martial law in Mindanao island. The People Power Revolution (EDSA Revolution) culminated between 22 to 25 February 1986, wherein a citizens' uprising ousted the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. (Photo by Richard James Mendoza/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Religious formation Missionary Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica’s Priory has endorsed Vice President Leni Robredo and Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan for the top two political posts in the country, as well as their senatorial candidates under their slate.

The Sisters listed out the characteristics they wish to see in the country’s next elected leaders.

“The Missionary Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica’s Priory, Manila are one with the Filipino people in working to build a caring, transparent, honorable, truthful, proactive and peaceful society,” they said. “We therefore declare our full support and cooperation to MA. LEONOR “LENI” ROBREDO for President [and] FRANCIS “KIKO” PANGILINAN for Vice-President. And the Senatorial candidates in their slates who live out the same values and traits.”

It is in their interest to endorse candidates:

  • whose vision for our country is clear and focused and based on concrete platforms for the common good;

  • who have track records of honesty and integrity in office;

  • who model to us responsible citizenry, adherence to truth, women empowerment and transformative leadership;

  • whose life is marked by goodness of character in keeping with right moral standards;

  • who respect human rights and sincerely serve the poor and disenfranchised;

  • who observe Gospel values and who will walk us out of the darkness of our times into God’s wonderful light.

Furthermore, the formation said that they will work “for the triumph of good governance against corruption, lies, deception and abuses of power.”

“Under the mantle of Mary who crushes the serpent’s head and all its demonic forces, we offer our unceasing prayers, fasting and other sacrifices for a sovereign and better Philippines,” they said. “We shall continue our utmost vigilance even after the elections to ensure that promises for good governance are kept, and that the principles of justice, accountability and transparency are strictly followed.”

Included in the signatories are Mother Mary Thomas Prado, OSB; Sr. Rosalina Fajardo, OSB; Mother Irene Dabalus, OSB; Sr. Christine Pinto, OSB; and Sr. Agnella Capili.

Robredo recently got the endorsement of seven former lawmakers and nine former officials from the executive department.

Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.

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