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Church laments RH bill passage, vows to fight on



CATHOLIC CHURCH leaders and their allies bewailed the passage of the Reproductive Health (RH) bill at the Lower House and its approval on second reading at the Senate, but said they will fight on.

“I’m not surprised because the president has been using money, power, and influence so the bill will become a law,” Msgr. Esteban Binghay of the  Cebu Archdiocese  told Cebu Daily News.

He said the Catholic Church will continue to preach against the RH bill since some of its provisions are contrary to morals.

Binghay said the passage of the RH bill can be an occasion for more people to become martyrs by denouncing it.

“We can’t force their (people) freedom. (But) we can guide their freedom. We did our best so the bill won’t be passed but since we failed we now have to deal with people and form their conscience,” Binghay said.

Dr. Ligaya Acosta, executive director of Human Life International (HLI), expressed disappointment over  congressional support of the RH bill which is nearing approval.

“This is really the saddest Christmas we’ll ever have. All Filipinos have to know the the president is the worst dictator ever. This is not  the end. This is not over. Certainly, we will do something. I can’t make it public now,” she said.

Civil disobedience

Acosta said pro-life advocates are proud of  legislators who voted against the RH bill.

She said President Benigno Aquino III dangled  P280 million as future pork barrel for each congressman who votes for the bill.

Despite their uphill battle ahead, pro-life advocates like Dr. Rene Josef Bullecer, HLI  director, said they hope to remove some questionable provisions of the RH bill before the bicameral committee and plan to go to the Supreme Court to stop implementation of the RH bill.

Pro-life advocates in Cebu held a prayer vigil at the Basilica del Sto. Nino in downtown Cebu City last Monday afternoon.

If the bill is enacted into law, Bullecer said they may call for acts of  civil disobedience.

“I hope we will not come to this point,” he said.

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma Archbishop Palma is set to arrive today from Vietnam where he is attending a conference.

Palma earlier said the Catholic Church will continue fighting against the RH the bill.

“If it passes, it’s not the end of the world. There will be other ways to challenge the way to live a Christian life. We will act on that,” he said.

The Church vehemently opposes  artificial family planning methods that includes among others, pills, injectables, condoms, ligation, and vasectomy.

After third reading in the Senate, a bicameral Senate-House conference committee will finalize the RH  bill  or the Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Population and Development Act of 2011 for submission to the Palace.

Rep. Tomas Osmeña of Cebu City’s south district, in a text message, said he “was not absent” in Monday’s third and final reading for the RH bill as reported in several newspapers.

He said he abstained from voting on the measure.

Osmeña earlier said he favors the RH bill but won’t vote for it in deference to his close  political ally and former congressman Raul del Mar, who is against the RH bill like his  daughter Rep. Rachel del Mar of Cebu City’s north district who voted against the bill.

Among the few Cebuano officials who supported the RH bill was Cebu City Councilor Alvin Dizon, a former urban poor leader with ties to the partylist group Akbayan.

Dizon said the passage of the RH bill “will immeasurably advance the rights and welfare of the women.”Reporter Ador Vincent Mayol and  Doris C. Bongcac


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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AYITA5V33GYZSLC3G37UCVNTKA Ben

    Pro-life advocates in Cebu held a prayer vigil at the Basilica del Sto. Nino in downtown Cebu City last Monday afternoon.
    If the bill is enacted into law, Bullecer said they may call for acts of civil disobedience.

    this is tantamount to economic sabotage by the minority and deserved to be jailed. The majority of the poeple is behind the government, the minority can`t force their will to us the majority who wants this bill to be passed and move on, and for how many years now that we are locked in this struggle to block the passage of this bill? 20 years? It is time to move on, we don`t want the economy to be your casualty, you can go to the supreme court, but to destabilize the democracy just to subject all of us to your whims…that is not acceptable.

    • philip hernaez

      kung hindi sana nadungisan ng pakikialam at panunuhol ni noynoy,, ayos n sana. kung iyon ang gusto ng taong bayan, be it…pero nagkroon ng kulay kasi.

      • http://www.facebook.com/danilo.dabon.7 Danilo Dabon

        anong kulay?violet?

    • napali808

      Jail the freeloading bishops…maybe not because they might like it there. They’ll be surrounded by men.

  • angelfish1105

    with surveys consistently stating that the people are for the passage of the bill and with support from the academe, international groups, medical groups, NGOs, why does the Church believe that the only way that the bill was passed was through bullying by the president who they labelled as a “dictator?” this idea is very very laughable and frankly, delusional. can they not comprehend that the passage of the bill is the will of the people? or they can’t accept the fact that the will of teh people is different from their own?

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

    sore losers.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LY2B6FRILBKCZQJIOXQ7QG4CKU Joe

    i thought their god was powerful enough to thrash the bill. didnt they pray hard enough for it?

    • akimaxx

      With their repetitious prayers, our dear God will surely close His ears with both hands.

  • TeabagDeluxe

    I have made it clear before that I’m not a Pnoy fan, but please, “honorable” priests – where is your proof of wrongdoing?

  • Guest

    “The Church vehemently opposes  artificial family planning methods that includes among others, pills, injectables, condoms, ligation, and vasectomy.”
    Alright, then THE CHURCH should spend it’s time, money, and effort into ensuring that CHURCH-GOERS do not use the things they oppose. Not all Filipinos are Catholic, therefore, not all Filipinos are under “church” jurisdiction– if there is even such a thing. 

    • philip hernaez

      kung hindi sana nadungisan ng pakikialam at panunuhol ni noynoy,, ayos n sana. kung iyon ang gusto ng taong bayan, be it…pero nagkroon ng kulay kasi.

    • charlene medez

      sa dami ng law sa pinas.. ang tao rin ang problema kasi ang titigas ng mga ulo.. kahit mag gumawa kapa ng billborad sa mga bawal hindi pa rin yan susundin ng tao…nasa tao parin..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

    “Binghay said the passage of the RH bill can be an occasion for more people to become martyrs by denouncing it.”

    I guess Msgr. Binghay and his likes should become “martyrs” soonest so that the country will be freed of these meddlers and deceivers.

  • tonyoks

    Binghay said the passage of the RH bill can be an occasion for more people to become martyrs by denouncing it.
    “Martyrs”???wow, malupit pa sa taliban itong mga demonyong bishops na to….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M6UL2UG4OGTMCLSYGB5MVJ7USE InSearchOfTruth

    “I’m not surprised because the president has been using money, power, and influence so the bill will become a law,” Msgr. Esteban Binghay of the Cebu Archdiocese told Cebu Daily News.

    and the church is using the threat of hell so that the bill will not become into law.  i guess “money” prevailed over hell?  anyare?

    cbcp assuming that the bill will promote promiscuity.  can we also assume that the cbcp are engaging in sex as well?  if they can assume, why can’t we?  are they really infallible?

  • Yobhtron

    Tax the Roman Catholic Church for meddling in State affairs.  These Damaso’s are so noisy because PNOY stopped their supply of bribes and SUV’s from PCSO’s gambling operations. The Damaso’s are the real embodiment of hypocrisy.

    • philip hernaez

      sobra k magsalita…

      • dickenhead

        tama naman sinabi ni Yobthron that’s a fact.Tinamaan ka ba?

      • bugoybanggers

        May ibedensya ka ba? Bakit ang KULTO mo ano ang naitulong sa BANSA. Magbayad kayo ng 10% ha, baka madoble iyan.

      • dickenhead

        yung mga tinanggap na pajero ng mga kapwa mo pare at obispo kay gma ano ba twag mo dun? nakatulog ka yata

      • bugoybanggers

        Bakit ilang OBISPO ba ang mayroon ang PILIPINAS? O ang MUNDO? Alam mo ba? Tsaka ako nga nag bigay din ng MERCEDES BENZ. Donasyun ko iyon angal ka?

  • jseesus

    civil disobedience sige nga try ninyo..  ano eto takutan… FYI walang natatakot sa amin, kahit saan tayo makarating..

  • charlene medez

    wag na sana nating halungkatin ang mga personal na buhay ng mga bishops..if they really are hypocrites, leave it to them.. have anyone of you asked is, do we really think we need this bill to become a law?? why cant they just make a law forbidding the live in couples. Not all bishops are hypocrites, we are all hyprocrites..di lang ang mga obispo..mismo tayo sa ating sarili. these bishops are trying to promote morality, value of life and most specially the true meaning of family and marriage.. just come to think of it, these bishops and priest are single, kung  hindi sila concern sa atin hindi na nila sana pinag aaksayahan ng panahon ang bill na ito, kasi naman pag naging law ito, hindi naman sila ang makikinabang dito kasi single sila wala silang family of their own because they devote theirselves to single blessedness, tayo rin naman ang makikinabang ng bill na ito, pero kahit nah wala silang makukuha sa bill na ito tinutulungan nila tayo na hindi masira ang mga pamilya in the future..

    • napali808

      How would these bishops know anything about the true meaning of family and marriage? They don’t have any family and don’t have any idea how to be poor. At bakit ba pinagpipilitan nila na sila ay maka-Diyos pero lahat ng ginagawa nila ay maka-demonyo. They also threatened anti- RH bill in Congress eternal damnation and other crap. I’m a catholic, but I can’t take this anymore. I know a lot of catholics have the same feeling, because of what these bishops are doing.

  • antiscam

    BISHOPS TEACH ALL YOU LIKE IN THE CHURCH AND TEND TO YOUR FLOCK. JUST PLEASE DO NOT DICTATE GOVERNMENT POLICIES. WE ARE NOT A THEOCRACY HERE LIKE IRAN BUT A DEMOCRACY. GIVE TO THE CHURCH WHAT IS FOR THE CHURCH AND GIVE UNTO CAESAR(THE GOVT) WHATS FOR CAESAR. OK?

  • antiscam

    ANYWAY BISHOPS YOU HAVE JUST BEEN DEALT A CRUSHING DEFEAT BY THE PASSING OF THE RH BILL. YOU HAVE PULLED ALL THE STOPS AND EQUATED THE VOTING FOR RH AS CORRUPTION. YOU HAVE EVEN THREATENED HELLFIRE AND ETERNAL DAMNATION FOR THE PRO RH. STILL NO EFFECT HEHEHE…

    FILIPINOS ARE NOT SO DUMB THESE DAYS COMPARED TO TIME OF RIZAL. I FEEL SORRY FOR THE CHURCH. ALWAYS ANTI-DEVELOPMENT AND ALWAYS BEHIND THE TIMES.

    BY THE WAY YOU ADDITIONAL THREAT OF BLACKMAILING OUR CONGRESSMEN AND SENATORS COME ELECTION TIME NEXT YEAR WONT WORK. I PROMISE YOU THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A CATHOLIC VOTE.

  • bugoybanggers

    TUMPAK boy, PARATING na iyan. GAGAWA na sila ng ANTI-CATHOLICISM LAW sa PILIPINAS. Lahat ng mga miembro kapag hindi sumanib sa mga KULTO babarilin sa LUNETA sa parteng BAGUMBAYAN. Lahat ng may simbulo ng pagkaKATOLIKO ay susunugin na. Lahat ng TAO na may astang KATOLIKO babalatan ng buhay at palalangawan sabay sasabuyan ng ACIDO sa harap ng INC Central. Mabuhay ang mga KALABAN sa mga KATOLIKO. PANALO na KAYO!show more show less

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

    SATANAS CARNIVAL TAGLE VS MEDICAL SCIENCE SINO MANANALO!!

    • bugoybanggers

      Ikaw siempre, IDOL kita eh. Kumusta mo ako sa PASTOR SATANAS mo ah? Tsaka pag igihan mo pa daw ang paninira sa mga KATOLIKO para may PROMOTION ka pa.

  • riccisan

    the church must guide the people and to avoid hatred and not creating a division. after all its the people’s choice why they chose sumamba sa kanila. let the people decide now what is right for their families. the RH bill is just a formality, matagal na ito actually. its all about EDUCATION. yan ang importante sa ngayon lalo na sa mga mahihirap nating kababayan. 

  • http://batman-news.com stupid chink

    What? Now they espouse civil disobedience. Do they have any idea if anarchy rules. These bishops should definitely start checking their heads.

  • napali808

    Oh drop it Binghay for God’s sakes. The people has spoken with God’s blessings. You and the other bishops speaks on the other end that’s why you’re full of crap. 

  • rosamistika16

    “Osmeña earlier said he favors the RH bill but won’t vote for it in deference to his close  political ally and former congressman Raul del Mar, who is against the RH bill like his  daughter Rep. Rachel del Mar of Cebu City’s north district who voted against the bill. ”

    = what kind of public servant is he?  I advise you Mr. Osmena to just look after your friends and sister and don’t go for any public service as you are a big shame to the people. you are nothing but selfish and coward!

    Mga taga cebu tignan nyo ang taong ibinoto nyo kung meron bang puso sa mga taong hindi nya kaibigan at kaalyado.  Sa oras ng kagipitan kung hindi lng kayo kaibigan nyan ay sorry na lng kayo at hindi nyo yan maasahan!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003677532450 Frederick Oliveros Constantino

    This is a government of the PEOPLE for the PEOPLE and by the PEOPLE and not a government by the BISHOPS for the BISHOPS and by the BISHOPS…

    Instead of focusing your attention in this matter why won’t you make a solution to the lessening number of church goers… You are going behind your boundaries.

     

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

    When the RH Bill was approved in ITALY, the pope was QUIET.
    Why are the lowly bishops so NOISY?

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

    As we celebrate the birth of Christ, I wish peace to both PRO and anti-RH folks.

    The country has decided. The people have spoken.

    It is time to heal the divisions of our nation.

    Though we may disagree on some issues, at the end of the day, we are all Filipinos.
    And there are more things that unite us than divide us.

    It is time to move forward.

  • ODAPAIN

    sex without reproduction why not,we already have reproduction without sex



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