Stop Surveys on RH Bill, Bishop Appeals


December 1, 2010, 6:05pm

MANILA, Philippines — An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Wednesday called for a stop in the conduct of surveys on the Reproductive Health (RH) bill while the matter is still being debated by the country’s lawmakers.

“We are appealing to them (survey firms) not to be used to mindset legislators that majority of the people is for the bill… so that it will not cause undue influence to our legislators,” Fr. Melvin Castro, executive secretary of the CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Family and Life (ECFL), said in an interview.

“It is our impression now that they are trying to influence our legislators,” he added.

The CBCP official issued the statement following the release of a survey showing seven out of 10 Filipinos favoring the RH bill.

Castro, meantime, questioned the manner by which the survey was done by the polling firm.

“The question is: Did the questions tackle the bill’s provisions? Or was it a general question on whether they support it or not? It would be good to ask if the people they surveyed have already read the bill or not,” he said.



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