Leave kids out of ads, bishop tells candidates

Leave kids out of ads, bishop tells candidates
By Kristine L. Alave
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA–Leave the children alone.

This was the message of a senior Catholic prelate Saturday to politicians who use children in their campaign commercials.

Capiz Archbishop Onesimo Gordoncillo said candidates for the May 10 national and presidential elections should stop using children in their ads, saying this was a form of exploitation.

“It’s like child abuse,” Gordoncillo said in an article posted on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) website.

“I’m calling on the candidates to please stop using the children,” he said. “That is against their rights. We should respect the children. Let them grow according to human rights. They should not grow tainted by politics.”

Politicians should also stop using other marginalized sectors, like persons with disabilities and the poor, to trawl for votes.

“They should stop this kind of politics,” Gordoncillo said.

Most of the presidential candidates have ads on television, radio and print focusing on their advocacies that almost always feature children and marginalized groups.

The ProPinoy Project