Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle issued an “Oratio Imperata” or special prayer for the incoming leaders of the Philippines and strongly opposes culture of death, ahead of the change of administration at the end of the month.
The national prayer didn’t discloses specific name of politician, but incoming President Rodrigo Duterte actively said in his campaign sorties and other media briefings that he will laid a bloody crusade against drugs and crimes in the country.
“Oratio Imperata” is only issued on critical conditions, among which was the El Nino dry spell phenomenon and the peaceful resolution of the territorial dispute on West Philippine Sea.
The prayer said, “Blessed our leaders with the reverence of human life and opposition on culture of death,” that will be read in all masses of Archdioceses of Manila from Tuesday until the Eve of the inaguaration of Duterte.
The Catholic Church does not endorses politician in different elections, but it has a significant power with 80 percent of Filipinos are subscribed in their faith.