A Catholic archbishop has urged the graduates to raise their voices for positive change at the ballot box.
Speaking at Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma said their future are in the hands of the people that they elect.
Ledesma stressed that Mindanao and the entire country cannot have peace and development without good governance.
“And election is the time to make sure that we have good governance from our leaders and from ourselves,” he said.
The Jesuit prelate was speaking in his homily during the Baccalaureate Mass for this year’s graduates of the Jesuit-run university.
He told the young people that their duty is not simply to get a good education, but also to bring about change.
The prelate noted that electing good leaders are necessary steps for the transformation of society.
“We too can demand from our leaders the kind of public service that we deserve,” he said.
In choosing candidates, Ledesma told the graduates to take a cue from the ideals of their university: “To produce men and women of conscience, competence and commitment”.
“That as well can be ascribed to our political leaders,” he said.
The prelate urged the graduates to be true to the values of their university “with compassion and the right companionship.”
The midterm elections will be on May 13. Some 18,000 senatorial, congressional, party-list, regional, provincial and municipal positions are up for grabs in the polls, according to the Commission on Elections.