MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In its final attempt to make known its imprimatur on Monday’s presidential elections, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has announced that it will be conducting a mock presidential election this Sunday.
The CBCP poll dwarfs all other surveys by SWS, Pulse Asia and other polling agencies. It will involve close to 80% of the total Philippine population — the Catholics, to be specific.
When Filipinos attend church services nationwide on May 8 and receive the Eucharist, they will be asked to choose the communion host that bears the name of the presidential candidate they will be voting for on Monday.
The CBCP poll is patterned after the 7-Eleven mock poll in which customers buying sodas choose the paper cup that has the image of their chosen candidate.
CBCP head Archbishop Socrates Villegas told The Adobo Chronicles that it is the Catholic Church’s way to ensure clean and honest elections. “If results of the mock poll are not consistent with Monday’s official election results, then we know there has been cheating,” he said.
The mock election count will be conducted immediately following the very last mass on Sunday.
Villegas emphasized that the CBCP is not endorsing any particular candidate.
So, if you’re Catholic, make sure your (mock) vote is counted this Sunday.