April 22, 2013

Saying You Favor Somebody Is The Same As Endorsing That Somebody

Okay, so the Baguio-Benguet Diocese led by Bishop Carlito Cenzon came up with its list of "favored senatorial candidates". They are Mitos Magsaysay, JV Estrada, Antonio Trillanes, Lito David, Marwil Llasos, Koko Pimentel, Gregorio Honasan, Cynthia Villar and JC delos Reyes. What do all these candidates share in common? They are all against the Reproductive Health Bill. So yeah, they are favored by the church because they are against the RH Bill.

You want to become a senator in this country? Oppose the RH Bill and Catholic votes will rain your way. I guess that's what the church is trying to say. It will be funny as hell if any of those pro-RH senator candidates suddenly makes a turnaround and oppose the bill just to get a piece of the so-called "Catholic vote".

When the Baguio-Benguet Diocese released the list of "favored senatorial candidates", Bishop Cenzon was quick to clarify that the list is not an endorsement. According to him, the voting power still remains in the people's hands. I say that's bull. When you get up on a stage and mention a list of favorable candidates, that's endorsement. You are telling people who they should vote for. Plain as day.

To the Baguio-Benguet Diocese, if you really want the voting power to stay in the hands of the people, then stop telling them who they should vote for. Stop handing them lists of your "favored senatorial candidates". Let them decide which candidates to vote for. They are voting for themselves. They are not voting for the church.

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