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).

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  • Hfxwst

    The CBCP has lost its way.  It is no longer a religious institution, it is now an official political lobby group.  Their assets should be taxed for the benefit of all Filipinos!

  • galit_sa_oligarko

     religious leaders please don’t engage in politics. yang team buhay na kinakampanya nyo malilinis ba yan.RH Bill lang ba ang basehan.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/W6OYQAQ3YNWGE4SIRA4IIQ4Y3Y joshua

    nung CBCP ba ung nakikiusap na wag suportahan ung RH bill nakinig ba kayo.. di ba sabi nyo rights nyo un ngayon rights naman ng CBCP ilabas ung Team Patay….. Down LP>.

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

      nakiusap ang CBCP bishops na paramihin pa ang mga batang hubo radical salot na obispo!

  • nes911

    Team patay has more conscience than the cbcp.

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

      catholic church demon evil satanic cult.they have big bussiness cbcp bishops is a mapia ang mga assets ng cbcp bishops ay dapat buwisan para makinabang ang mga pilipino matatakaw na obispo salot sa pilipnas CBCP BISHOPS IS MAPIA ORGANIZATION RADICAL

  • just_anotherperson

    Sana mas palawakin pa ng Catholic Vote ang pahlalagay ng Team Buhay vs Team Patay posters.

    • muddygoose

      Sana matuto ka naman mag-isip para sa sarili mo.

  • quirinomayer

    Patay ang mga kalaban ng Team Patay hahaha. Tignan sa mga huling mga surveys e nangunguna sa paligsaha para sa Senado ang mga pro-RH na sina Legarda, Escudero at Allan Cayetano hahahaha.

    • abner

       di naman credible ang mga survey survey….nun ngang huling elecsyon eh…ang nangunguna si villar…tapos nung botohan eh lampaso pala ni estrada…..

      • muddygoose

        Ang survey kasi telepono ang gamit. Eh mga bumoto kay Erap walang mga  telepono. =P

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


  • http://totocausing.com Berteni Cataluña Causing


    Everybody must accept the consequences of his or her actions. If those
    senators and congressmen voted for RH law despite the opposition, they
    cannot complain now for being branded as “Team Patay” by those who are against the RH law.
    If indeed they believe that RH Law is good and they supported it, they
    must stick to their conviction and they have no right to complain if
    those who are against RH are now campaigning against them.

    • muddygoose

      No right to complain? Sino ka si Marcos?

    • Jane Tan

      Sir, if someone campaigned against the Church, they would likewise, file a complaint. I’m sure of it.

  • etomacq

    Sabi ni Soliman may nagpondo sa mga lumusob sa DSWD..

    Sabi ni Noynoy may nag pondo sa mga Kiram…

    Sabi ko naman sino ang nagpondo sa AKBAYAN???

  • dickenhead

    this “campaign” by the friars are counterproductive & will just boomerang in their thick faces.
    for all we know it will be the other way around come election time team patay for all the friars choice candidates

  • brunogiordano

    Sa ikinikilos ngayon ng mga obispo, tila tuluyan na silang na UNHINGED!!!!!

    Wawa naman hindi nila matangap na ayaw ng makinig ng mga tao sa kanila.

    Hayaan natin gawin nila ang kanilang nais ng makita ng sambayanan ang kanilang pagwawala na wala na sa tamang pagiisip.

    • geezzh

      kung wala nang may nakikinig sa kanila eh bakit may nagrereklamo?? 
      kung talagang walang nakikinig eh di dapat hindi na yan napapansin.. pero ang nangyayari eh natatakot pa ang mga political candidates dahil dito. 

  • http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/ Lucky Luciano

    Just ignore TEAM PEDOPHILES’ “bid for relevance”. Let’s all move on.

    • aristeosj

      your kind of naming a group of people leaves a very bad taste
      in the mouth.let’s dwell on issues and not name-calling.

      • http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/ Lucky Luciano

        You’re referring to CBCP? Yeah, they should stop name-calling, start dwelling on religious issues, and stay away from politics.

  • dikoy321

    If chruch/CBCP refuse, PEOPLE Can REMOVE those tarpaulins, even if the church/CBCP objects !

    What Church/CBCP does is put up a HATE Campaign !

    They might GET what they sow !

    Mga Kabayan, let’s act in accordance with our conscience and VOTE RIGHTLY, IGNORE the church/CBCP, anyway they DO NOT pay taxes !

    Forward Philippines !!!

  • malek_abdul

    Sarado na ang utak ng mga obispo. Hindi nila pakikinggan ang mga protesta laban sa kanilang Team Buhay Team Patay campaign. Kung totoong may Catholic vote sana ikampanya nila ang mga bagong kandidato tulad nila Baldomero Falcone, Christian Señeres, Marwil Llasos, Rizalito David, Samson Alcantara at Greco Belgica. Pwede na rin siguro si Hagedorn at delos Reyes. These new faces will make a BIG difference in the political scene of the Philippines and I hope that that BIG difference will be for the betterment of our beloved country – the Philippines.

  • wehd1nga

    nung araw KINAKATAY kayo ni Palparan takbo kayo sa simbahan tago kayo sa saya nung pari, ngayon kalaban nyo na CBCP, mag kano ba bayad sa inyo ni Pnoy  ha AKBAYAD?

  • calixto909

    Dr. Claudio if your bone of contention regarding impingement of constitutional right of electorates legally affirmed then file a case against these prelates at the proper court and not to wail for clemency to them via press releases. Why just because one of your representative Risa Hontiveros wasn’t faring well in the latest survey then you blamed it to the action done on the team buhay and team patay scheme. 

     For the record, prior to the start of the election blast, many of you pro RH law had been heckling these prelates for their act to question the passage of the bill but now that they requited your heckles with a propaganda to negate the RH proponents candidacy then you cry to high heaven for mercy. 

    Vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord and merely He’s doing it for them. What you sow is what you reaped so accept the consequence for as they say flowers don’t bloom in a garden of stone. He he he he, cry babies.

  • entong238

    Akbayan isa kayo sa mga grupo na kumukutya sa katoliko noong kasagsagan ng RH bill at sinisigaw na walang catholic vote eh ngayon bakit kayo nasa kalye at nagsusumamo na ihinto na ang Team buhay at Team patay na slogan ng mga obispo. ha ha ha nakakatawa kayo. Bungangera kasi si Hontiveros kung tumahimik lang sana nang magsimula ang kampanya at hindi na ibinandera ang RH law ay baka umiba ang ihip ng hangin at mas mataas ang rating niya pero ewan ko ba kung bakit masyadong makati ang dila niya kaya ganyan tuloy ang napala niya.

    • http://www.facebook.com/danilo.navarro.946 Danilo Navarro

      ogag sino ba ang nag babandera ng RH BILL..porke hinde  bomoto sa favor RH BILL dapat ng iboto..karapatdapat ba si mitos maceda na maging senador si mitos tuta taga himod ng wetpu ni brace neck si zubiri na nandaya yan ba pamantayan ng cbcp or kailangan bagong SUV..maqg isip ka nga entong balatong

  • filipinaskoh

    If this will be the basis of Catholic Church in choosing candidates then that is too absurd and incongruous in our country’s progress. Our country is behind in many aspects. Why choose a candidate in only one standpoint. There are many perspectives to take into consideration in choosing a candidate.

    GMA is anti-RH bill- but what direction did she head us? We became the number 1 corrupt country. Corruption proliferates, every deal had always a kickback and done under the table.

    The Church should keep its distance from Government affairs, they don’t know anything. That is the very reason our constitution emphasizes the separation of church and state. 

    Article 2 section 6
    Section 6. The separation of Church and State shall be inviolable.

  • aristeosj

    i believe the bishops should stop this stupidity.RH is not the only issue in the coming elections.
    there are a lot more important issues to be discussed.i think they will just be alienating themselves more from the faithful.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/DWRHqlNoppBOATBbtwpQkaAEQdMOmejmkPJb#24a25 jeff

    team buhay/team patay campaign is nonsense and deceptive.

  • http://www.facebook.com/danilo.navarro.946 Danilo Navarro

    sa 2016 ang bagong political party CBCP,,ngayon pa lang ay nag hahanda na sila mga kandidato  sa presidente si pakyaw VICE si paloma opppss si jose palma pala mga senador pinag pipilian pa CBCP,,CIPCIP BOTO SI PADRE..HE HE HE

  • muddygoose

    Boycott the church and all other stupid churches that are led by greedy people obsessed with control and power.

  • muddygoose

    Vote for Sotto, the poster boy of the anti-RH, anti-progress, anti-intelligence groups.

    • Jane Tan

      Better yet, let’s keep Enrile in office. The true poster boy of the anti-RH. Forgiven from every one of his misdeeds simply because he voted NO.

  • mangtom

    Ang paggamit ng Bacolod diocese ng term na “Team Patay” speaks ill of this supposedly religious group. The message is quite negative and leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Could this diocese not have coined a more decent and civil term to reflect its God-like image? This diocese just got a grade of F-foolish, failure and (I do not want to say the four-letter word that starts with F).

    You have to confess your sin to God and not to your colleagues who are as sinful as you.

  • Pogi=”No To Political Dynasty”

    Akbayan gawin nyo din yan sa mga Iglesia dahil sila mas matindi. Huwag lang yong Katoliko ang pinag iinitan nyo. Matagal na nilang ginagawa yon.

  • jgl414567

    The CBCP is the team patay because many of its bishops accepted bribes from Gloria!

  • disqusted0fu

    The primary purpose of the RH law was to divert the attention of the people from the FOI bill and cause its passing to be delayed even more. In actuality, the RH law is unnecessary because its key provisions are already included in some of our existing laws.

    Speaking of unnecessary division, it is the Aquino administration who has created it not only by passing this law, but also by simply having a color coding based on who you are siding with. And not to mention the creation of the bangsamoro entity.

    • Jane Tan

      \In actuality, the RH law is unnecessary because its key provisions are already included in some of our existing laws\

      Really? Free contraceptives were available 14 years ago until today? Free family planning was available 14 years ago until today? Stricter adherence marriage requirements? …

      I could go on.

      The FOI, though sorely needed was never going to be passed. This was all a ploy to get on the people’s good side. No government entity, no matter how honest would want to allow full disclosure of all its activities to any common person. No one supported this bill.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

        And you what those HERETICS and GNOSTICS? Hahaha! They spread the false teachings about the True Church of Christ! No wonder why you are like them! Like your pastors!

        It was justifiable for the Church to burn those heretics and gnostics people at that time! Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.6“If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned…”

        Anyone against the Church was justified to be burned!

  • Hfxwst

    I will be voting for my member who voted pro RH Bill.  No one is forced to use contraceptives because of this BILL –  this is about a bunch of misguided catholic bishops losing control over politics in the Philippines, and therefore money and bribes – no free new cars from now on.

    The CBCP has lost its way and needs to find humility.  Their next challenge will be the sex abuse scandal – and it one they will lose also.  The Times,  they are a changing!

    Good for the Filipino children.

  • TinTin Sison

    hahaha…ngayon, lalapit-lapit kayo sa simbahan! Ano, takot na ba kayo, team Patay! Sa turo kasi ng simbahan, ang mga patay, NILILIBING, hindi binubuhay!

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

    sunugin ang CBCP bishops puro demonyo! gus2 mag parami ng batang hubo! saan ka nakakita ng alagad ng diyos na ipag bawal ang pills sa health center dyablo lang gumagawa niyan dapat kasuhan ng gobyerno ang mga demonyo obispo kasama si mayor lito atienza mga radical ito mapia salot!

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


    • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

      Galatians :8-9 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!

      Let those HERETICS and GNOSTICS be burned in FIRE!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    FYI False Teachers! The Bible Based Theory. Twisted Truth by Protestant Fundamentalists and Pastors

    What became of the unwritten truths which Our Lord and theApostles taught? The Church had carefully conserved this ‘word of mouth’teaching by historical records called Tradition. Even the Protestant Bibleteaches that many Christian truths were to be handed down by word of mouth.

        2 Thessalonians2-14: Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye havebeen taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
       2 Timothy 2-2: Andthe things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same committhou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
    Comment: Hence not only Scripture but other sources ofinformation must be consulted to get the whole of Christ’s teaching. Religionsfounded on ‘the Bible only are therefore necessarily incomplete.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    The Bible Based Theory. Twisted Truth by Protestant Fundamentalists and Pastors

    Between what years were the first and last books of the NewTestament written? 

    The first book, Saint Matthews Gospel, was not written until about ten years after Our Lord’s Ascension. Saint John’s fourth gospel and Apocalypse or Book of Revelations were not written until about 100 A.D.
    Comment: Imagine how the present-day privately interpreted ‘Bible-only’ theory would have appeared at a time when the books of the New Testament were not only unavailable, but most of them had not yet been written.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    The Bible Based Theory. Twisted Truth by Protestant Fundamentalists and Pastors 

    Who finally did decide which books were inspired and therefore belonged to the New Testament? Shortly before 400 A.D. a General Council of the Catholic Church, using the infallible authority which Christ had given to His own Divine institution, finally decided which books really belonged to the New Testament and which did not.
    Either the Church at this General Council was infallible, or it was not.
    If the Church was infallible then, why is it not infallible now? If the Church was not infallible then, in that case the New Testament is not worth the paper it is written on, because internal evidences ofauthenticity and inspiration are inconclusive and because the work of this Council cannot now be rechecked; this is obvious from reply to next question.
    Comment: In view of these historical facts, it is difficult to see how non-Catholics can deny that it was from the (Roman) Catholic Church that they received the New Testament.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    The Bible Based Theory. Twisted Truth by Protestant Fundamentalists and Pastors  

    Since Luther, what consequences have followed from the use of the ‘Bible-only’ theory and its personal interpretation? 

    Just what Saint Paul foretold when he said: ‘For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.’ 2 Timothy 4-3 (Protestant edition). According to the World Almanac for 1953 there are in the United States 20 different organizations of Methodists, 22 kinds of Baptists, 10 branches of Presbyterians, 13 organizations of Mennonites, 18 of Lutherans and hundreds of other denominations.
    Comment: The ‘Bible-only’ theory may indeed cater to the self-exaltation of the individual, but it certainly does not conduce to the acquisition of Divine truth. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MYJYQM2SDIXTTD5EGLXL3GLFX4 Lino

    Sino ba ang mga catholic bishop na ito ni hindi nga nila mababasa sa kanilang mga tagasunod ang sinunusumpa ng Diyos na mga ginagawa sinasalampatyahan nila ng sa ganon magkaroon sila ng tamang tawag sa kanila na Kristyano. Mga hipocrito! ” Curse is the one who make a carve a molded image an abomination to the Lord… The molded image a teacher of lies….” Deuteronomy 27:15, Habakkuk 2:18 at marami pa mga ganito sa Kasulatan ng Diyos na hindi nila pinapansin, sino ba ang mga sinungaling na ito? nag tatago nga mga batas ng Diyos sa mga tagasunod nila pati na sa bansang Pilipinas niloko nila.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MYJYQM2SDIXTTD5EGLXL3GLFX4 Lino

    Ayaw nila ang RH law kasi hindi nila sinuri ang mga buhay ng mga maralita na may lampas sampung mga anak kung paano pakainin ang mga ito at paaralin at paano ang mga future nito mapakinabangan ba sa lipunan or maging kawawa or maging problima sila. Bakit de Hi Ace ang mga Pari na ito?? Paano sila magtuturo parte sa pamilya ni hindi nga sila nakaranas ng pagasawa, ni hindi man sila nakaranas kung paano ang may partner ka sa buhay, mapipigilan mo ba ang di magsiping sa lahat na panahon. Saan ba ang mas mabigat na kasalanan kung kasalanan ang pagbasihan, ang malagay sa condom ang similya or mabubuhay na mga addict at mga criminal sa lipunan at hindi man lang kumikilala sa Diyos hahil hubo na sa mga diyisdiyusan na sinasamba nila. Sinumpa sa lhat na mga sinumpa ang mga CBCP na ito. Mga celibate! 1 timithy 4:3 …giving heed to decieving spirit and doctrines of demons, forbidding to marry and commanding to abstain from foods…… mga angel ba ang mga ito???? Basahin  ang 2 Corinthian 11:12 to 15 mga apostoles ni Satanas!!!! Nagpapalit ng pangalan , mga illegal katulad sa mga ginagawa nga santo papa nila. Halimbawa.. Carol Wjotayla born 1921 sa Poland naging Pope John Paul II ng maging Papa? How false name!!!! Kaya mga false teachers sila!!!!

  • ephraim africa

    Bakit akala ng mga progressive groups, may monopoly sila ng freedom of expression, sila lng ang magagaling. Lalong pagbaba ng morilidad ang magiging bunga ng RH Law, sa tutoo lng batas sa kalibugan lng ang tunay na kahulugan ng batas na ito.

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

    TEAM PEDOPAYL = cbcp

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