When Noynoy Aquino was leading the survey polls in the run-up to the May 2010 Presidential elections, the CBCP said nothing against such surveys even when Aquino’s rival candidates were crying foul. They also claimed that these surveys are misleading the electorate, conditioning them to believe that Aquino would be the next President.
Now, an opinion poll has been conducted to gauge the people’s support or opposition to the Reproductive Health bill. It’s results say that 7 out of 10 Filipinos are in favor of the RH bill.
Lo, and behold, the CBCP is crying foul and questioning the survey itself. Fr. Melvin Castro, executive director of the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Family and Life said:
Although we trust the professionalism of the survey companies, we are also appealing to them that we create the mindset that our legislators, and especially the majority of the people, are for the bill.
If the CBCP were against manipulation of public opinion through opinion polls, why only speak against it now? It seems they are not only selective with their application of morals but also distasteful of democratic exercises, especially when it doesn’t favor their position.
But blogging buddy Ade has put it brilliantly: