Filipino voters, mostly lay Catholics, want to perform their civic duty to actively participate in and evangelize politics.
Pope Francis has always said that the “lay people are, put simply, the vast majority of the people of God” (Evangelii Gaudium, 102), that the “hour of the laity” has arrived, and that in obedience to Christ they should get involved in a “better politics … healthy politics,” the kind of politics that aims at social charity and common good (Fratelli Tutti, 177-183).
It goes without saying that the May 2022 elections are crucial, although “crucial is an understatement,” according to Teddy Santiago of a nationwide group called Laiko. “It is an emergency. It might be now or never,” he added.