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Filipino Catholics aim to show their power in vote

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El Shaddai leader Mike Velarde, center, and leaders of other lay organizations clasp their hands to show their campaign sign as they pose for photographers during the launching of the MANILA (AP) — Filipino Catholic groups launched a campaign Monday to try to muster millions of votes for senatorial candidates who opposed a controversial contraceptives law passed last year and prove that the church remains a force to be reckoned with in Asia’s largest Catholic nation.

Catholic leader Mike Velarde said his El Shaddai group and dozens of other lay organizations are joining together to campaign in the May 13 midterm elections for pro-church candidates who could battle possible future legislation to legalize same-sex marriage, divorce and abortion.

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