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Ex-Catholic bishop hopeful surveys helps voters

Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani

Bishop emeritus Teodoro Bacani of Novaliches, Quezon City expressed hopes that the presidential surveys will help voters in considering more important factors in choosing their candidates.

In an interview with DZRH’s “Damdaming Bayan” hosted by Joe Taruc and Milky Rigonan, Bacani said Filipinos should not just always consider on which region  the candidate came from or if he or she is popular.

“We should level up our basis in choosing candidates and leave our previous manner of choosing candidates, which we already know where it led us,” Bacani said.

The church leader said the survey could help voters, but it might be hard “because they already have a mindset. … They are not looking for who is a servant-leader.”

Bacani said he hoped voters would look beyond how well a candidate speaks, what he or she promises or what part of the country they are from and instead have better awareness about their character and know what kind of leader they want.

“Christ is a servant-leader, first and foremost, a servant of God and consequently a servant of the people,” said Bishop Bacani. “And so citizens should look at whether a (candidate) has godly principles and if they assert them,” he said.

Bacani said this after independent presidential candidate Grace Poe topped the poll conducted by Veritas 846 Truth Survey on Servant Leadership qualities for the May 9 national and local elections.

In the survey conducted by the Catholic Church-run Radio Veritas, Poe bagged nine out of the 10 qualities of a servant leader as 59 percent of those polled believed she possessed most of the qualities of a good leader.

Overall, Sen. Miriam Santiago (51 percent) ranked second, followed by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Manuel Roxas II who were tied at the third spot (44 percent), and last by Vice President Jejomar Binay (42 percent).

The survey involved a total of 1,200 respondents nationwide, who were asked to answer “yes” or “no” if each candidate has the qualities of listening, empathy, healing, awareness, persuasion, conceptualization, foresight, stewardship, commitment to the growth of the people, and building community.

On listening ability, Poe was tops with 76.5 percent, followed by Roxas (54.3 percent), Santiago (53.9 percent), Binay (50.5 percent), and Duterte (44.65 percent).

Poe got her highest grade (70.8 percent) on empathy. She was followed by Binay (52.5 percent),  Duterte (46.5 percent), Roxas (45 percent), and Santiago (40.9 percent).

On healing, Poe was most favored (51.1 percent), followed by Santiago (36 percent), Roxas (30.3 percent), Duterte (29.2 percent), and Binay (24.5 percent).

Santiago (75.1 percent) leads the pack on having leadership qualities. She is tailed by Binay (65 percent), Roxas (61.7 percent), Duterte (56.1 percent), and Poe (48.7 percent). (JCA)

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