Latest Stories

CBCP asked to end ‘Team Buhay’, ‘Team Patay’ campaign


Akbayan partylist led several groups to the CBCP office Wednesday to submit a letter of appeal against the “Team Buhay” and “Team Patay” poster put up by the Diocese of Bacolod in front of the San Sebastian Church. Photos Courtesy of Akbayan Partylist

MANILA, Philippines – The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has been asked to end its “Team Buhay and Team Patay” campaign.

A letter by several groups led by the Akbayan partylist to CBCP president Archbishop Jose Palma denounced the “Team Buhay” and “Team Patay” posters put up in front of the San Sebastian Cathedral by the Diocese of Bacolod.

The posters identified senatorial candidates and partylist organizations who voted for and against the recently enacted Reproductive Health (RH) Law.

Akbayan partylist leader Dr. Sylvia Estrada Claudio said in the letter that the church’s decision “to campaign for and against particular candidates in the coming elections impinges on the constitutional guarantees to a secular society.”

“The Diocese’s move to portray the upcoming election as a contest between ‘Team Buhay’ and ‘Team Patay’ or between advocates and opponents of the RH law is one-dimensional and a setback to our collective aspiration to raise the socio-political awareness of the voting public,” Claudio said.

She said that it was also promoting “unnecessary division” between the church and the people.

The controversial RH Bill was signed by President Benigno Aquino III last Dec. 21, 2012, a day after both houses of Congress ratified the bicameral report. The RH Bill had languished in Congress for 13 years before eventually being passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate.

“The Filipino people have already made their decision in instituting the RH Law. We urge the Catholic Church leadership to accept and respect the people, especially the Filipino Women, in their decision,” Claudio said.

“We call on the CBCP … to ask its members not to mimic he discordant campaign initiated by the Diocese of Bacolod,” she added.

The groups instead urged the Church to “help us provide the people with comprehensive guideposts for them to arrive at informed decisions.”

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) had asked the Diocese of Bacolod to take down the poster because it violated the campaign poster size limit. The poster was cut into two pieces but still remained in the front of the church.

The groups that came to the CBCP were Likhaan, Catholics for Reproductive Health (C4RH), Alliance of Progressive Labor-Women (APL), Akbayan Youth, Malayang Tinig ng Kababaihan (MATINIK), Center for Popular Empowerment (CPE), and Women Advocacy for Gender Equality (WAGE).

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: 2013 elections , CBCP , Elections , Politics , RH law , Team Patay , “Team Buhay”

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  1. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  2. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  3. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  4. Massive infra spending set
  5. OFW brings MERS virus to Philippines
  6. DOJ to NBI: Arrest Cedric Lee, 4 others
  7. Cardinal Tagle to faithful: Join politics to clean it
  8. Estrada, Gigi Reyes denied access to evidence from other respondents
  9. Thoughts on Holy Week
  10. Lacson’s wife loses diamond earring to thieves but recovers jewelry quickly with police arrest
  1. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  2. MH370 co-pilot made mid-flight phone call – report
  3. Netizens cry: 6/55 Lotto was rigged
  4. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  5. ‘Wife of Jesus’ theory papyrus not fake – Harvard study
  6. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  7. Gay college instructor arrested for oral sex with student
  8. ‘King’ Yabut and I: Driver bares Makati dad ‘abuses’
  9. It was difficult having Japanese blood
  10. Palace: We can’t blame increase in population on Vitangcol
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Pork payoffs to newscasters Erwin Tulfo, Del Prado, others bared
  4. UP back on top as ‘average’ student aces bar
  5. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  6. Model Helena Belmonte wished ‘to slash her wrist and hope to die’
  7. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  8. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  9. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  10. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’


  • DOH asks co-passengers of OFW carrier to test for MERS-CoV
  • ‘Shouldn’t we move?’ Ferry evacuation under scrutiny
  • 5.5-magnitude quake hits Sultan Kudarat
  • Passengers denied chance to escape sinking South Korea ferry
  • Firetruck rams California eatery; 15 injured
  • Sports

  • PH youth boxers off to stumbling start in AIBA World tilt
  • Durant has 42, Thunder beat Pistons 112-111
  • Walker leads Bobcats over Bulls in OT, 91-86
  • Man City slips further out of title contention
  • Federer would skip tennis to be with wife, newborn
  • Lifestyle

  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • This is not just a farm
  • Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  • Moist, extra-tender blueberry muffins
  • Entertainment

  • Will Arnett files for divorce from Amy Poehler
  • American rapper cuts own penis, jumps off building
  • Jay Z to bring Made in America music fest to LA
  • Why Lucky has not bought an engagement ring for Angel
  • Derek more private with new girlfriend
  • Business

  • Asia stocks fail to match Wall Street gains
  • Fired Yahoo exec gets $58M for 15 months of work
  • PH presses bid to keep rice import controls
  • PSEi continues to gain
  • Number of retrenched workers rose by 42% in ’13
  • Technology

  • DOF: Tagaytay, QC best at handling funds
  • Smart phone apps and sites perfect for the Holy Week
  • Tech company: Change passwords or suffer ‘Heartbleed’
  • Filling the digital talent gap
  • SSS to shut down website for Holy Week
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Syria most dangerous country for journalists, PH 3rd—watchdog
  • Japan says visa-free entry still a plan
  • First Fil-Am elected to Sierra Madre, Calif. city council
  • UC Irvine cultural night to dramatize clash of values in immigrant family
  • Filipino sweets and info served at UC Berkeley Spring Fest
  • Marketplace