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Voting based on who’s winnable rather than conscience disturbing –CBCP

Amid the proliferation of disinformation, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President Bishop Pablo Virgilio David said that Filipinos’ “tendency to go for the winnable than actually vote according to conscience is something that I found extremely disturbing.”

“If we are to base ourselves in survey results it is almost clear who are bound to come out as sure winners in the coming elections for president and vice president in May 2022,” said David during a Saturday virtual forum organized by the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals (BCBP).

As to how Filipinos choose who will they vote for based on who is “winnable” instead of basing it on their conscience means “we have failed big time with regard to the formation of a moral conscience among Catholics,” David said.

The bishop also advised Filipinos to uphold truth in the coming May 2022 elections amid the “age of disinformation.”

“One of the most crucial moral issues about the coming elections in May 2022 will have to do with moral imperative or upholding the truth. The moral obligation of every Christian to uphold the truth,” said David.

“It has become particularly challenging in this age of disinformation.”

David explained that social media was used to proliferate lies “even without verification” unlike the traditional media which employs professional journalists to verify information and validate facts.

He cited the employment of trolls and fake accounts for one candidate to use against his or her rivals.

“Ang paninira ay pagsasabi ng hindi totoo laban sa isang kandidato. Kasama na dito ang paggamit ng mga trolls sa social media upang gumawa ng fake accounts na ang trabaho ay magkalat ng kasinungalingan hanggang sa tanggapin ito bilang katotohanan,” he said.

(Slander is spreading untruths about a candidate. This includes using trolls on social media to create fake accounts. Their job is to spread lies until these are accepted as truths.)

— DVM, GMA News