It was as clear as the sun.
The Article II, Section 6 of the 1987 Constitution of the Philippines stated that, “The separation of Church and State shall be inviolable.”
Furthermore, Article III, Section 5 also states that, “No law shall be made respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination or preference, shall forever be allowed. No religious test shall be required for the exercise of civil or political rights.”
Apart from these two, no other provision further clarifies the parameters of separation of Church and State. Presumably, this gives the Church a freedom from any state intervention. However, does the State has the same freedom from the alleged meddling of the Church?
We are not strangers to priests, pastors, imams, ministers and other church leaders being appointed to or running for government positions. They contend that they have as much responsibility to the state as they have to its citizens. They maintain that they cannot just watch the government fall deeper into the clutches of corruption and allow conflict and chaos to rule society.
While many would rather have religious leaders remain in their pulpits preaching to believers sitting on pews from www.chairs4worship.com, there are those who believe that these preachers can affect change in governance. They argue that one righteous man in government is much better than a dozen self-serving politicians.
Whichever side you are on, the fact still remains that religion and politics are very much intertwined and will continue to interfere with each other’s matters. We only stand to hope that both Church and State will always – always – have the best interest of the people in mind.