Church asked not to make election a reproductive health battle

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Senatorial candidate Teddy Casiño. Noy Morcoso lll/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines – Senatorial candidate Teddy Casiño asked leaders of the Catholic Church on Tuesday not to reduce the coming elections into a battle between supporters and opponents of the reproductive health law.

In a statement, Casiño said that while one’s stand on the RH law was important, candidates “should also be measured on other equally compelling issues that face the nation.”

“I hope the Church does not narrow the criteria in voting for a senator. If they are to be followed, even corrupt and abusive candidates will be voted into office by Catholics only because they are anti-RH. Is that what they want?” said the three-term representative of the Bayan Muna partylist.

Casiño decried the tagging by Catholic leaders of six senatorial candidates, including himself, as “Team Patay,” suggesting they were anti-life for voting in favor of the RH law. The others on the list are Francis Escudero, Loren Legarda, Alan Peter Cayetano, Jack Enrile and Risa Hontiveros.

The candidate urged the Church to “teach the faithful to be more discerning” in setting standards for legislators.

“Why choose a candidate on the basis of [opposition to the] RH law when a senator has a lot of other things to do in the Senate?” Casiño said.

Using himself as an example, Casiño said that like the Church hierarchy, he was “anti-dynasty, pro-environment, anti-corruption, pro-human rights and pro-agrarian reform.”

“Will the Church set aside my track record because of my vote for one law? If you think about it, the issues I fight for are similar to those fought for by the Church,” said Casiño, a Catholic whose brother is a priest.

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  • tonyoks

    Ang RH Law ay isa ng ganap na batas. Kundi nga lang sa pangingi-alam nitong mga kaparian sana ay for implementasyon na ito.

    dapat ay “ma-contempt ” na itong mga ito.

    Maliwanag na pride at prestige na lang ng mga “relihiyosong” mga ito ang pinaglalaban nila…

    • catherine sien

      mali po. ang pinaglalaban po nila ay ang kapakanan ng mga katoliko na pumili ng what is morally right. hindi pa po ganap na baas ang RH law dahil may TRO po from Supreme Court.

  • marionics

    for me if they want to make the rh isyu an election battle e di let them. it is their right and that is fair game in a democratic process. although i don’t think it will do them any good kasi majority of the people and voters are pro rh so this will backfire on them he he

  • Jonboris Aragon

    di kasi naglalagay si pres. Noy kaya maingay ang mga yan….

  • Dy Pailad

    If you have more than 4 children, worked hard but still there isn’t enough money for food, shelter, clothing and education for your children, go to any anti-RH person for financial help.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      like the church that helps now. lol

  • TwiggyRamirez

    …nag aantay lang maambunan ulit ng SUV at Pajero ang mga paring yan kaya nag iingay sa RH Law.

  • lost_angle

    that is the problem with the Catholic Church, they tend to narrow their view and be selective just to insist their teachings. they are willing to support even corrupt candidates just because they are anti-RH. and to think that this has been enacted into law so i hope they will move on. besides they can always embed thier teachings to their flock and let the other religious groups decide based on conscience. anyway, we are given free will =)

  • MULEN

    Team Patay pa rin ang beauty ng bruha kahit wala pa yang RH Law dahil sa suporta niya sa mga bandidong nangingikil at pumapatay ng walang kalaban labang mga sibilyan. Sa taong ito, labing apat na ang sibilyang walang awang pinatay ng kabaro ni Teodora. Kaya isipin na lang natin kung magkaroon ng pagkakataon ang bruhang ito na mahalal sa senado. Tumataginting na 1.2 bilyon ang pork barrel na mapupunta sa kanya sa loob ng kanyang termino – perang pambili ng mga armas at bala para sa mga NPA . Para na rin tayong kumuha ng martilyo pampukpok sa sarili nating ulo nyan.

  • gilbs72

    I will vote for a Senate/Congress that will provide check and balance to the powers of the Executive. The RH Law was just one test that it’s the same as the previous administration – a Senate/Congress that’s a mere rubber stamp of the president. The RH Law is a good basis for electing our legislators (among others). This unopposed power is made all the more dangerous by the popularity of the president (compared to the previous administration).

    Since the issue is about life, the life of one potential citizen matters just as much as all who are alive to help him/her exist. A child-to-be is always a gift – no exception. It is up to us (parents and government) to manage the next generation into productive citizens. Our failure in governance and parenting is no justification to eliminate them from the equation. They, as potential contributors (no sin yet) are more worthy of life, but we as failed government and parents are less worthy of life. They carry the potential to turn this nation around, while we have proven that we can’t. Yet, we grab for ourselves the power to declare their existence void.

    • Diepor

      I agree, be pro life. Support the RH law and protect mothers to die when they give birth, the doctor maybe said that they shouldnt have more kids beause of health issues, save mothers from terminating unwanted pregnancies. Let them be tought about family planning. Be pro-life.

    • Mark Philip Wu

      The idea that an “unopposed power” is behind the passing of the RH Bill is absurd. A law which was delayed, killed, and defeated dozens of times is somehow railroaded? Do not confuse a progression of opinion and belief with some sort of conspiracy. The RH Bill won because the people who are for it made a more convincing and reasonable argument as to why it should be law, and the support of the people shows this

    • Mark Philip Wu

      The idea that the bill promotes or allows abortion is only possible with a crazy and completely wrong definition of abortion. This is a bill that is backed by dozens of medical groups made up of medical professionals in the Philippines. Contraceptives are NOT classified as abortifacients, clearly by the fact that they are legal and available even before the RH Bill. If you say they are, then even before the RH Bill passed, there was already “abortion” legal in the country. This bill did not legalize these contraceptives

  • MANGLUCIO

    ““I hope the Church does not narrow the criteria in voting for a senator. If they are to be followed, even corrupt and abusive candidates will be voted into office by Catholics only because they are anti-RH”. YES THIS IS WHAT THEY ARE ADVOCATING WHICH ONLY SERVES THEIR OWN AGENDA. THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT CORRUPTIONS, ABOUT POLITICAL DYNASTY, ABOUT THE NEEDS OF THE POOR, ABOUT THE ECONOMIC STATE OF THE COUNTRY AND SO ON. ALL THEY CARE ABOUT IS TO INCREASE THEIR FLOCKS TO FILL IN THEIR MONEY BAG WEEKLY.. I CALL THEM..”TEAM PAHIRAP SA BUHAY”

  • gilbs72

    Nararapat lang na ating piliin ang mga mambabatas ayon sa mga batas na kanilang pinalaganap. Kung ito ay ating sinang-aayunan o hindi. Ang eleksyon ang tamang panahon upang gamiting ang kapangyarihan nating iboto/piliin ang magtataguyod ng batas na sa tingin natin ay makabubuti at sanggahin ang mga magtataguyod ng mga batas na labag sa ating paniniwala.

    • Mark Philip Wu

      Pero, kung ang desisyon mo ay batay sa isang batas lang, tama ba na pag-pili ng candidato yun? Kung ang mambabatas ay ayaw sa RH, pero magnanakaw naman sya, dapat ba siya iboto o hindi? Kung ang mamababatas ay pabor sa RH pero madami syang ginagawa na ikabubuti ng bansa, dapat ba natin hindi sya iboto?

      Ang desisyon base sa isang issue lamang ay napaka-maling paraan ng pagpili ng kahit anong tao para sa kahit anong posisyon

  • UrHONOR

    SI tatay kasi, no?

  • joshmale2004

    CBCP and NDF/CPP of Teddy are one and the same boat where they only care about their organization’s personal agenda without considering others.

    • James Bernard Echano Relativo

      But their personal agenda concern “others”

  • sk2tk

    CHURCH is the symbol of HYPOCRISY… nasanay kase kay GMA na palagi sila may PABAON, kaya ayun, DAKDAK ng DAKDAK at NANGGAGALAITI kse NABUKO ang mga ANIMAL…PWEEEEHHH

    • catherine sien

      pure judgemental…

      • Jerry

        I’m was born a Catholic and will die a Catholic but I’m PRO RH. That is my personal stand–that everyone whether Catholic or not has the right to access methods of contraception, fertility control, sexual education and maternal care. I cant be dictated by anyone whom to vote and whom to not vote. That is also my basic right. So I dont care what the priests says, in the end I follow what I believe is universally right in choosing my candidates! Period!!!

  • Tommy

    ” If they are to be followed, even corrupt and abusive candidates will be
    voted into office by Catholics only because they are anti-RH. Is that
    what they want?”

    It clearly is, really.

    Otherwise they wouldn’t have gotten into bed with GMA, just because she was anti-RH.

  • juan_luisjr

    at this stage and if i were in the shoes of mr. casino, i wouldnt bother addressing the catholic bishops anymore about elections and the rh bill. It is a finished subject and if the bishops insists on it, that’s there problem. This last advice or appeal of Mr. Casino to the bishops will only fall into deft ears. Hindi sila makikinig and it will only make it appear as if Mr. Casino is desperate and making an appeal in order to court their votes.

    For most of the bishops the morality is that it is ok for a President or a politician to becorrupt as long as you are against RH and that you go and see them every time they call you . If you are clean and efficient, you are immoral if you support rh and you dont listen to them when they call.

    • catherine sien

      wrong logic po. maybe you can be a bit more discerning. the bishops are the shepherds and it is their duty to guide their flock in matters of faith and morals.. anyone who supports the RH law is clearly supporting what is intrinsically evil if a candidate supports what is morally wrong then what can stop him from being corrupt?

      • juan_luisjr

        you said ” if a candidate supports what is morally wrong then what can stop him from being corrupt?” Isn’t that the wrong logic ? I do not argue that bishops should guide their flock but it does not automatically mean that if a person supports the RH , he will necessarily be corrupt. Some of those who voted against RH are noted corrupt people.

  • calixto909

    You’re a communist so you’ll never win.

    • Reign

      , the label Left and Right dates back to the French Revolution where those representatives coming from the landed class, the bankers and capitalist class literally sits on the right side of the hall of the French parliament; and those representatives of the working people and petty proprietors literally sits on left side. The Rightist came to be known as the defenders of the status quo while the Leftists represent progress and reforms as spelled out in their political programs. Because of the strong currents of anti-Communist hysteria and demonization campaign foisted by the Western capitalist powers centered in the US, the leftist term degenerated and evolved into something else in the popular psyche–from something that promotes progress and advancement to something evil and demonic. I come to this insight as a practical student of history, economics and politics.
      So you see, in the Philippines, when you are advocate of reforms and critical of the ills of society you’re branded Leftist, Communist and enemy of the state. This brand is a death warrant for security forces to haunt you down, incarcerate and be subjected to the cruelest condition of state prison and the art of torture perfected by the state, denied of the basic human rights and Constitutional guarantees. This condition practically happened during the Martial Law years and this is still happening now.

  • kilabot

    but there’s no catholic vote, right?

  • palakasantayo

    The Catholic Church headed by CBCP is a poor loser…. Ngawa-ng-ngawa hanga ngayon…. like a child a candy taken away from him. Let them whine for now, they’ll get tired somehow and the issue will die down and out. They are, the CBCP, are acting like pest right now… their time or presence will be phased out sooner or later.

  • NelsonBagatsing

    Dapat hindi nakikialam ang simbahang katoliko sa eleksyon

  • ClaudineBeretta

    Tga pamagitan kayong mga pari,huwag yung iniimpluwensiyan niyo ang boto ng mga tao.

  • CarlosAcantillado

    ang kailangang gawin ng mga taga simbahan ay ayusin muna ang gulo sa kanila hindi ung kung ano ano ang inaatupag…..

  • SelenaKatayama

    CGURO NATATAKOT ANG CATHOLIC CHURCH NA KONTI NA LANG ANG MAGSIMBA..KOKONTI ANG KOLEKSYON NILA

  • TinaCarunungan

    Alam ko ang mga kalokohan sa loob ng seminaryo,Ang daming mga pari na ipokrito.

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