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Marcos to work closely with Church

Marcos to work closely with Church

Former Philippine senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr, son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, speaks after filing his candidacy for the country’s 2022 presidential race, at Sofitel Harbor Garden Tent in Pasay on October 6, 2021. (AFP / Pool / Rouelle Umali)

MANILA, Philippines — President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has voiced his readiness to cooperate closely with the Catholic Church and the Vatican, according to Papal Nuncio Archbishop Charles John Brown.

In an interview yesterday over the Church-run Radio Veritas, Brown said Marcos made the commitment during his courtesy call on the president-elect – along with five other foreign diplomats – on June 10.

Brown said their meeting was “positive” and “very productive.”

“We had a very productive, encouraging and positive discussion and the president-elect assured me of his desire to collaborate, cooperate closely with the church and Holy See,” Archbishop Brown said.

Earlier, the social arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) congratulated Marcos and vice president-elect Sara Duterte-Carpio for their electoral victory.

But while Caritas Philippines – through its chairman Kidapawan Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo – has congratulated the country’s incoming leaders, it reminded Marcos and Duterte-Carpio of their campaign promises and that they would be held accountable if they fail to fulfill them.

“We will, as always, exercise principled cooperation with the government. As such, we will support all his administration’s programs that will respect the rights and dignity of the Filipino people; honor the rule of law and history; and make government more accountable to its people,” Caritas said.

“With our post-election accountability program, we will hold him and all elected officials liable of all their election promises,” it added. — Evelyn Macairan

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