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Kapatiran Party eyes people’s initiative against RH bill

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Rep. Walden Bello, right, is hugged by supporters as the House of Representatives pass a landmark measure that would provide government funding for contraceptives and sexuality classes. AP

MANILA, Philippines — The leader of the political party Kapatiran said on Tuesday that Filipinos opposed to the reproductive health bill could resort to a people’s initiative to repeal the measure upon its signing into law by President Benigno Aquino III.

“To all those who believe that the RH bill is an unjust bill, don’t worry. We will repeal it via Republic Act No. 6734 (Initiative and Referendum Act). While the RH bill takes precedence in the order of priorities, there are many other issues… and with God’s grace, we will crush them one by one,” John Carlos “JC” de los Reyes said in a public post on his Facebook account.

Ang Kapatiran (The Brotherhood) Party obtained last week from the Commission on Elections the prescribed format for an initiative for a national law. The form was earlier requested by the party for its planned initiative against political dynasties.

De los Reyes did not say whether the initiative against political dynasties would be prioritized over RH. The party would probably consult with other anti-RH groups. Some pro-life advocates have earlier said they will raise the RH controversy to the Supreme Court.

RA 6734 provides that for an initiative to succeed, proponents must be able to gather the signatures of at least three percent of the registered voters in each legislative district.

Kapatiran is a member of the Prolife Coalition, a grouping of various nongovernment organizations allied with the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ Episcopal Commission on Family and Life. The coalition is at the forefront of blocking the passage of the proposed legislation contending that it violates the sanctity of human life and provisions of the Constitution.

De los Reyes, a theology graduate of the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, said the Church has been opposing the RH bill because “the use of contraception generates pedophobia, a fear or distaste for children. Pedophobia invites abortion, many times when contraception fails. There is a difference between a reverence and an openness to life in natural family planning and a deliberate distrust/dislike for it.”

Kapatiran is probably the only political party in the country that has an anti-RH stand.

“Kapatiran upholds human life in all its forms and stages. All are important. One aspect of human life affects another. The precondition for sustaining a consistent ethic of life is a ‘respect life’ attitude or atmosphere in society. Where human life is considered cheap and easily wasted, eventually nothing is held sacred, and all lives are in jeopardy,” the party said on its website.

The party said a consistent ethic of life meant “being pro-life across the board,” and this would include opposing abortion, artificial contraception, the death penalty, euthanasia, types of sports whose main aim is to inflict physical violence or harm on the opponent, torture to extract confession from an accused or a suspect, hazing, maltreatment of prisoners, fraternity violence, the culture of guns, arms race, etc.

Kapatiran, which is participating in next year’s legislative and local elections, believes that a consistent ethic of life should be the moral framework within which all issues in the political arena are to be addressed.

“The consequence of a consistent ethic of life is the provision of a standard to test public policy, party platform and the postures of candidates for public office,” it said.


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Tags: 1987 Constitution , Ang Kapatiran Party , John Carlos "JC" de los Reyes , Legislation , News , People’s Initiative , Politics , Reproductive Health Bill


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NKMLL6HD6WUINN5XQWNKKQDFEA Edwin Edwin

    DAMASO

  • filipinaskoh

    hindi ba’t itO yong humabol ng presidential election na  nakakuha lang ng 44,200 votes- aba’y manahimik ka na lang- media EXPOSURE lang an habol mo.
    Bakit pinapatulan pa ng Inquirer ang ganitong issue.

    • 12JEM

       Yes, who is afraid of Kapatiran Party?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7T2BPPGLG457K5BUPQBPOKDPA4 Marlon

    GUD LAK NA LANG SA KAHIBANGAN MO JC DE LOS REYES!!!

    KAPAL PA RIN NG MUKHA MO KAHIT NAGKALAT KA NOONG HULI KANG TUMAKBO PAGKA PRESIDENTE NG PILIPINAS.

    ATUPAGIN NYO KAYA ANG PEOPLE’s INITIATIVE PARA SA ANTI-DYNASTY BILL.

    HINDE PALA PWEDE KASI MASASAGASAAN SI JC DE LOS REYES. KAMAG-ANAK PA NAMAN SYA NI RICHARD GORDON AT NG GORDON DYNASTY SA OLONGAPO.

  • $38346712

    I support the initiative of Kapatiran party. Let’s do it.

  • boomvilla

    HOY MGA BAKLA, BUMILI KAYO NG SARILING NIYONG CONDOM, PWEDE BA

  • http://www.facebook.com/rey.bacalso.56 Rey Bacalso

    kung ayaw nyong gumamit ng contraceptives manahimik nalang kayo, di naman kayo pinipilit mga bwisit..nagpapapansin ka lang de los reyes, di ka naman mananalo kahit barangay chairman..

  • UrHONOR

    WOW!!!  god na naman ang dinadahilan.  Sabi ng god na tinutukoy nila, “Bakit ang kukulit ninyo, kayong mga TNL. Hindi ba kayo marunong umintindi?  Ilang ulit ko ng ipinahiwatig na OK na yong RH bill, e, pilit pa din kayo ng pilit.  Huwag na ninyong gamitin ang pangalan ko sa kakulitan ninyo!”  Knocked down na, hindi na makabangon, halos hindi na makahinga, e, anak zapote, gusto pang lumaban kahit na plastado na.  Siguro iniisip nila na bigla na lang darating si anghel Gabriel na may dala-dalang uma-apoy na kris at ipaglalaban sila sa kanilang paghihiganti sa mga sumalungat sa gusto nilang mangyari…..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4NDRNR4NH2Q4EXS7TMWEEAUWGE Pope

    some people just can’t handle defeat.

  • UrHONOR

    YAN ba yong pulitikong talunan na kumakandidato na naman?  Hindi nasiyahan sa kutos, gusto ngayong makatikim ng malutong na batok!  

  • 12JEM

    This Kapatiran Party is a Non-Entity.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AE4KDFT5DTC52BFRUASNIV7HBU jerico

    Dapat lang gawin mo ang trabaho mo, malaki ang utang na loob ma sa mga DAMASO. Gagawin mo ang lahat para  pakitang tao..bulok ka rin.

  • KarlosRegaza

     Count me in! That bill is doomed to fail!

  • pej1972

    Pampam na Party List, gusto ng libreng media exposure hmmmph!

  • NoWorryBHappy

    Once again, the CBCP’s infiltration of movement to eradicate political dynasties was meant to muddle it with the RH Bill. With CBCP, the fight to dismantle political dynasties is now conceived to fail. The RH Bill will now take priority. The corrupt politicians will have to increase their loot so that they can donate more to the Church. The unholy alliance of political dynasties and the Church looms over our gains in the last 2 years. This conspiracy must be exposed and opposed. This demonstrates how the Church savors and survives with corrupted power. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CFZ2Q7RFJ6PWRYMM3NJ7JB4KSE Dynamic

    They talked a lot about God but in them they don’t have the light.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NE4QYZRLABSMX5MKQHCVVTSAO4 taxj

    I think Kapapatiran Party would be more apt. Congress has finally spoken after 14 years of indecision. Please show some respect for authority… or stop asking for it in any election.

  • $25214711

    Baka naman gusto ni lord na ipasa talaga yung RH bill kasi nanalo eh. Sino bang lord kasi ang sinasabi nyo?

  • DOUANE

    Who’s this please?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    CARNIVAL TAGLE SATANAS!!

  • rightist

    Sige mag referendum tayo para makita ninyo na 80% ng mga Pinoy ay boto sa RH bill.

  • efriend

    Free publicity!  Ang Kapatiran must not worry about pedophobia but worry more about pedophilia inside the Church.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NV25ZPWMBDYFXEYR3AWQ43ZS5E Hein S

    Never heard of them.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IIQWIDUFNZMVKO23HOKAF3WBYE cedric

    So, JC De Los Reyes is trying to see if he has the leadership to bankroll the people’s initiative. Yes, maybe,  because this is totally different from when you run for president in 2010, right? Good luck…lol!

  • UrHONOR

    ANG hindi marunong tumingin sa pinangalingang kabiguan, ay hindi mananalo sa susunod na halalan.

    PAGKAHABA-HABA man din daw ng botohan, CBCP pa din ang talunan.

    ANG pulitekerong nagigipit, kahit sa CBCP kumakapit.

    ANG nakikinig sa CBCP, walang bait sa sarili.

    KAKULITAN, KAHATIAN, KAPATIRAN….. oh, they’re all the same!

    • kalikasanipagtanggol

       Pagkatalino man daw ng matsing sa utin pa din kumakapit! bagay na bagay sayo ang kasabihan na yan!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_26BA6W344SPNT7SP3PLACAGXBI Blue_Crimson

    Teabaggers~! XD

  • wakats

    An exercise in futility or a revival of the fabled “Don Quixote of La Mancha and his charge against the windmill.”

  • AgnosticLeader

    rewrite: to those who believe that the rh bill is a just bill, don’t worry about the petition. the would-be petitioner, jc delos reyes has no political clout. in the 2010 presidential election, where he ran against pnoy, he only garnered less than 1% of the total votes in spite of the backing and endorsement he got from the bishops. he now, intends to run for senate in 2013. and in spite of his god’s grace, he will be crushed just like a perennial loser. lol

    • Don Dee

      Pero sexy ang esmi. He is that guy right? Married to that brazilian hottie? Hehehe…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFPJ5WWUQIYVVPTX434Y7I5TRQ the dude

    “the use of contraception generates pedophobia, a fear or distaste for children”
    Kasi ang trip nila PEDOPHILLA, kaya ayaw nila sa contraceptives. WAHAHAHA!

  • Jeane Peracullo

    How they framed their prolife stance will include even those who are for the Reproductive Health Bill.  I do not see why this is a compelling argument against the RH bill.  Pedophobia?  So why are the priests not having children if children are such a delight to have? What happened to this political party which started out as advocate for a gun-less society? That was way more radical and more consistent with their Christian ethic.



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