Pro-RH bet tells Pampanga bishop he’s vs divorce



TEAM PNoy senatorial candidate Sonny Angara kisses the hand of Archbishop Paciano Aniceto during a visit to the Pampanga prelate. E.I. REYMOND T. OREJAS/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, one of the candidates pilloried by the Church for supporting the reproductive health (RH) law, has promised Archbishop Paciano Aniceto that he would not support the passage of a divorce bill.

Angara, a Team PNoy senatorial candidate, gave the pledge in response to a request from Aniceto to “uphold the sanctity of the family.”

The lawmaker called on Aniceto recently at Mater Boni Seminary here before he made campaign stops in the province.

Aniceto is head of the Archdiocese of San Fernando, which covers also the dioceses in Bataan, Zambales and Tarlac. The 76-year-old prelate used to head the Commission on Family and Life of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

Angara said he agreed with the archbishop that the “family is the cornerstone of Philippine society.” He described himself as “happily married and with three children.”

The Philippines is the only country without a divorce law. The party-list group Gabriela has sponsored a divorce bill in the 13th Congress.

Aniceto did not rebuke Angara for voting for RH law, however. President Aquino signed it into law in January. They did not discuss the controversial law, whose implementation was stopped recently by the Supreme Court.

Angara topped an online survey by Cosmo magazine, which polled 300 women as to who they considered to be winnable senatorial candidates in the May 13 elections. Tonette Orejas, Inquirer Central Luzon

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  • josh_alexei

    Angara is entitled to his own conscience, but it is the Welfare of the Filipino that has the upper most Priority when it comes to laws and policies…Divorce should be available to any couple after all option to save their marriage been explored. Family is Cornerstone of every Society not only for Filipinos but just every countries including the animal kingdom, but a broken up family and a society that DISCRIMINATEs for granting annulment of marriages Selectively (to those who can afford the expense, like the Escudero, Pimentel, Legarda, Kris Aquino etc plus etc) is not any better than any society at all…the only status that the Phl without Divorce is its record that it is the only ONE WITHOUT DIVORCE LAW, but also leading in the Hypocrisy category for having a Divorce in the Guise of Annulment…And wonder not that its corrupt and its getting to be among the morally bankrupt as well

    • Facilitator1

      Tama ka kabayan. Either annulment or divorce will terminate a marriage. The only difference is the COST.

      Being married to a person that you no longer LOVE is to me a cruel and unusual punishment. Plus, if the relationship is abusive, hindi lang physical torture/pain ang mararamdaman mo pati rin ang mental torture/anguish. Pag minalas ang ina-abused baka humantong pa sa kamatayan nya, o silang magasawa, at baka pati na rin ang mga bata.

      Although, I respects the opinion of our good bishop on this issue, I respectfully disagree with him. My ideological position on this matter is like the PRO-CHOICE movement in USA. I don’t agree with ABORTION but I do respects the right of the woman to choose. Ditto sa DIVORCE bill passage–meaning, I do respects the right of the man and woman to terminate their marriage as defined by law. PEACE…

      • josh_alexei

        Also with Divorce, if the couple can not amicably settle their difference, they can ask the court to settle them…and the courts will usually take the welfare of the children involve in the breakup of marriage into priority. You see, during our very own national debate on the abolition of Restrictions on abortion it was very divisive..The government and the Church and the Prolifers put all their resources together against the Dr. Morgentaler who was accused for breaking the law and all other parties of Interest on the side of Pro-choice and we let the Courts decide and by the Rule of Law, we abide by the Courts’ rulings on quite a few cases…it is also the same with same Sex Marriage or Union..the Courts Agreed with Mr. Hislop against his case with Government Pension Agency that all Invididual are Equal and Gays are also entitled to Equal benefits and protection of the Law, thus Mr. Hislop and all other in same Union are entitled to Survivor pensions and all benefits entitlement of union of Man and Woman,thus striking out the law of Marriage…and the Government and the Church again abide by the Rulings…And now France, New Zealand and many other countries are following suit by Legislation…Canadians lead the way..

    • Cobra

      Amen bro!

  • mangtom

    josh_alexei-thanks a million. Well said and well done, good and faithful servant of the Lord.

    First, the good news. The RH bill is now a law of the land.
    Now the bad news: the Catholic church is slowly losing its stranglehold of the Filipino people. My guess as the main reason: the Filipino is no longer the yes-man of old. He is now well-educated and thinks for himself.

  • tra6Gpeche

    Mr Sonny Angara is protecting the faith of the Philippine Catholic Church. He should not run for any government position, especially as a Senator. The Filipinos need someone who will fight for their interest and welfare. Mr. Angara might, as well, become a priest!

  • kipbuts

    hindi interest ni senador o interest ni Bishop ang pinag-usapan dito kundi ang interest ng madlang pipol. Minsan may magandang pananaw ang simabahan para sa taong bayan, minsan naman hindi.

    Ibig ko sabihin hindi lahat ng panahon tama ang simbahan. Sa loob ng 2000+ na taon maraming beses na nagkakamali ang simbahan sa kanyang paniniwala at paninindigan para sa sambayanan.

  • kilabot

    the world agenda is to make the abnormal the new normal;
    1) dangerous drugs;
    2) same-sex marriage;
    3) man-beast union;
    4) prostitution;
    5) pedophilia;
    6) abortion;

    candidates who have the guts
    to oppose the world agenda
    and fight against the curse of perversion,
    will get my vote.

    • kumilos_tayo

      What the F**k your talking about? Grabe ang imagination mo… No approved lang yung RH bill ganyan ka na mag isip full of negative…


    LET me kiss your hand, godfather! PSHAW! Yan ba ang neutral…..ang walang kinikilungan….humahalik sa kamay na hindi nalalaman kung saan nanggaling yong kamay? Sanamagan, makakuha lang ng boto, kahit ano hihimudmuran. Walang kakawenta-kwentang uri ng tao! Salamabet talaga….nakakadadiring tingnan.

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