The professors would like to make it appear that they are giving “preferential option for the poor”. This is a noble end indeed. But the end does not justify the use of illegal and immoral means like contraception and sterilization. Granting that they have academic freedom, it is still unbecoming of them as professors to ignore or feign ignorance of the facts and the law on the RH bill they are endorsing.
Indeed, according to ex Senator Tatad, the timing of the publication of their position paper gives rise to speculation that the foreign lobbyists also corrupted the academe because “it is not known whether the professors had prepared the statement themselves or the foreign funded PLCPD, which has been doing much of the pro-RH propaganda and paper work had written it, and the professors were simply asked to sign it”.