SPEAKER Pantaleon Alvarez yesterday chided leaders of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) for making “noise” that could possibly be one reason why the satisfaction and trust ratings of President Rodrigo Duterte went down.
In a press conference, Alvarez questioned the results of the latest Social Weather Stations survey, which showed the rating of President Duterte was down from very good to good, which he said could be slanted.
“Yung trust and satisfaction rating, dapat tingnan nating mabuti ha. Unang- una, ano ba yung mga tanong? Pangalawa, saang areas ba? Tingnan natin, yung Mindanao, hindi siya bumaba, umakyat pa siya ng 1 point. Tingnan nyo yung result. Bumaba siya sa Visayas, at saka balanced Luzon. Yun ang malaking ibinaba niya. Tingnan nating mabuti, kailangan alamin natin dun sa SWS,” Alvarez said.
After partly blaming the CBCP, Alvarez urged the church leaders to clean up their ranks, as many of their priests were involved in immorality.
“Tingnan mo iyong CBCP, putak ng putak sila, may mga challenges pa. Kapal ng mukha, tingnan nga nila, ayusin muna nila iyong mga pari nila kung ano-anong pinaggagawang kabulastugan,” Alvarez said.
He criticized the priests especially those victimizing minors and those involved in corruption.
The Dissolution of Marriage Bill initiated by Speaker Alvarez will surely raise objections from the Catholic Church.
Likewise, church leaders continue to criticize the Duterte administration because of the extrajudicial killings (EJK) blamed on the illegal drug campaign.
Likewise, the Speaker said it was possible that the questions asked the SWS respondents might have been biased against the President.