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Quiapo church priests, parishioners set to rally vs abortion pill trade


MANILA, Philippines—Officials and the parishioners of the Quiapo church are gearing up for a big rally on Friday to protest the unrelenting illegal trade of abortion pills in the vicinity.

Msgr. Jose Clemente Ignacio, rector of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, on Monday said the rally was in response to authorities’ insufficient action against the illegal Cytotec (abortion pill) trade in Quiapo.

Ignacio recounted that he earlier received a text message from the police reporting that authorities had apprehended two vendors selling Cytotec, and had subsequently cleared the area of others suspected of vending the tablets.

“I said I was not satisfied … they need to capture all distributors, all suppliers and close down all abortion clinics in Quiapo,” Ignacio told reporters in an interview.

Ignacio said parishioners and devotees of the Black Nazarene have decided to mobilize a rally on Friday to express their outrage on the continuing Cytotec trade in Quiapo despite repeated calls for authorities to act on the problem.

The protesters will march to the Manila City Hall following the rally and submit a manifesto to Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, which stresses the need for a functional anti-Cytotec trade task force and the creation of a city ordinance placing stiffer penalties on violators, said the priest.

He said the “fully functional” task force was expected to focus on going after vendors, suppliers, buyers and coddlers to stop the illegal trade.

The arrest of Cytotec suppliers, distributors, protectors and abortionists in Quiapo will also be included in the manifesto, Ignacio added.

To drumbeat its protest, officials of Quiapo church have also mounted tarpaulins outside the parish to denounce the Cytotec trade and abortion.

“It’s the first time in the history of Quiapo church that large tarpaulins are [mounted] on walls of the church and a march to be done to the Mayor’s Office,” according to the rector.

Six tablets of the abortion-inducing drug are being sold in Quiapo for P1,200, according to church officials. They also suspected that the trade involving such drug was syndicated.

From the suppliers, the drugs go to many distribution channels mainly in Quiapo and various areas. Deliveries, meanwhile, are dropped off to distributors, who stock them in storage sites also in the district. Retailers operate by clusters and sell the drugs to passersby, Ignacio said.

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  • Anonymous

    Kayo din isa sa malaking dahilan bakit napilitan sila magpalag-lag.   Nagkakaroon ng unwanted pregnancies mga yan kasi walang pambili ng BC methods e.  Noong si Atienza pa mayor diyan, pinatigil lahat ang pag-distribute ng condoms, etc. So ngayon, yung mga mahihirap nating kababayan na gustong limitahan ang pamilya mapilitan tuloy magpalaglag.  Not to mention women who are raped or who got pregnant, but abandoned by BFs.  It’s all hipocrisy AGAIN on your part.  Anong tingin niyo sa mga tao, lahat santo?

  • Anonymous

    I commend the Quiapo parish priest for the campaign…at the same time they must develop a sustained campaign to form catechesis or educational teams to learn and teach Theology of the Body by John Paul Ias the core and foundation of a Chastity Educational campaign for teens and young adults so that unwanted pregnancies and abortions are minimized if not totally eliminated. The Church must act not only against RH but for Chastity to avoid contraception and abortions. The Laity must help the priests and even lead if necessary.

  • Anonymous

    “From the suppliers, the drugs go to many distribution channels mainly in Quiapo and various areas. Deliveries, meanwhile, are dropped off to distributors, who stock them in storage sites also in the district. Retailers operate by clusters and sell the drugs to passersby, Ignacio said.”

    parang MAFIA operation at malaking PERA ang pinaguusapan dito. wala kayang PARI o OBISPONG kumikita dito??????

  • http://twitter.com/hustlergalore hustlergalore

    hanep parang ngayon lang nakalabas ng quiapo church ang mga pari matapos ang matagal nang panahon may bentahan diyan sa inyo.

  • Anonymous

    malamang PLAN B tablet ito. price nito sa internet ay $ 0.80-1.00 lang. ang DOH ay dapat may stock nito para sa mga victima ng RAPE.

  • Pulis Na Pogi

    hoy mga damaso!  do not block the rh bill.  that way, people will be educated and informed of their choices.  that way, abortion will be unecessary!

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