Villegas (Photo source:
Villegas (Photo source:

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) –  The Philippines can be heaven- or hell-bound, depending on how Filipinos cast their votes in the 2016 presidential elections.

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Archbishop Socrates Villegas made this statement as he urged Filipino voters to make prayer and discernment the prerequisites in choosing their candidates.

“Make your vote a product of your prayer and discernment…Remember, your vote can bring heaven to the Philippines. Your vote can also bring hell to the Philippines,” Villegas said in a video presentation during Thursday’s launch of “One Good Vote,” the voter education campaign of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV).

Asked by reporters what he meant by the choice of heaven or hell, The archbishop said: ‘Very simple. Filipinos can vote for Vice President Jejomar Binay, or Senator Grace Poe.’

Anwering a follow-up question from The Adobo Chronicles about the possibility of Department of Interior and Local Governments Secretary Mar Roxas running for president in 2016, Villegas said, ‘That would be Purgatory.’

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