House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez lashed out at bishops criticizing President Rodrigo Duterte and his war on drugs, challenging the Church to clean up its ranks first.
Alvarez claims that the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is one of the sources of “noise” that could have pulled down the satisfaction survey and trust ratings of the President.
Duterte’s satisfaction rating went down from “very good” to “good,” based on the latest survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) between September 23 and 27.
“Look at the CBCP. They squawk and squawk,” the Speaker said.
“They should fix their priests first. They have many scandals. There are many pædΘphilεs (among them). They should fix their ranks first. Why don’t they scold their own priests?” Alvarez added.
Alvarez suggested that the survey questions used might be leading or may have been biased.
“Let us look at whether there is no slant here or if it is being used to say the trust in the President has gone down,” he said.
“First, what were the questions? Second, what areas were surveyed? In Mindanao, there was no decline. In fact, it went up one point. But it went down in the Visayas and Mindanao. So let us ask SWS, what are the areas and what questions were asked.”
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