MANILA - A Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) official said an online survey should not serve as basis for legalizing same-sex marriage in the country.
This, after the House of Representatives held a poll on same-sex unions as a form of civil partnership in the Philippines.
The survey, which was posted on the House's official website, asks respondents whether they are in favor, against, or undecided on whether it was time to legalize same-sex unions as civil partnership.
Fr. Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of CBCP Permanent Committee on Public Affairs, said it is important to hear the public sentiments on the issue, but insisted that the online survey is not enough the gauge the stance of the Filipino people.
"Palagay ko 'yung survey naman na 'yan hindi naman 'yan pagga-gauge ng katotohanan. Ibig ko sabihin 'yung sentimyento lang ng ilan. At hindi naman iyon reflection ng buong sentimyento ng mga Filipino," Secillano said in a report from the Church-run Radio Veritas.
[I think the survey is not enough to gauge the truth. What I mean is that it only shows the sentiments of the few. And it does not reflect the sentiments of the Filipino people.]
The priest acknowledged that there are lawmakers who support same-sex marriage. He said this is the reason why Filipinos who support the "traditional marriage" should voice out their stance.
"As early as now kinakailangan na ang mga Filipino mag-ingay na rin para ma-derail kung ano man ang plano ng House of Representatives," Secillano added.
[As early as now Filipinos need to make noise to derail whatever the House of Representatives is planning.]
In 2016, then House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, a key ally of President Rodrigo Duterte, said he was filing a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the Philippines.
Two bills seeking to amend the Family Code of the Philippines were filed in the 17th Congress, namely House Bill 3951, authored by Rep. Emmeline Aglipay-Villar, and House Bill 3263, authored by Rep. Pia Cayetano.
Both bills were substituted by House Bill 5156, and is still pending at the House of Representatives.
Malacañang previously said the President is in favor of same-sex civil union, but not same-sex marriage.
Recently, Taiwan became the first in Asia to legalize same-sex marriages.