RSI has an interview with Dr. Asiri Abubakar from the Diliman Asia Centre at the University of Philippines:
How does the bishopís support effectively lend credibility to the President, amid the scandals?
Dr. Abubakar: Thatís the problem. In the first place, they are not supposed to be in politics. They are not supposed to interfere in governance. But that separation, between the church and the state, in the Philippines, is a myth. All politicians here, particularly since 1986, always seek the support of the church, but some of them have become an embarrassment for the church; embarrassing, in the sense that the church is not supposed to support corrupt politicians. They are not supposed to intervene in politics. But since the time they started to intervene, 1986 till now, our situation has remained the same.
Worse than the absence of church/state separation is, perhaps, the presence of laws that should mandate separating church and state which are not heeded ó and that appears to be the case in the Philippines. One of the main problems with failing to maintain a separation of church and state is, however, also evident in the Philippines: churches that align themselves with the state become tainted when government corruption is revealed (or even jut believed to exist).