The diocese of Bacolod tagged pro-RH senatorial bets as “Team Patay.”
Team PNoy called un-Christian such a campaign against supporters of the RH law. Un-Christian? It is one of the most Christian things authentic followers of Christ can do. It is standing up for Christ and for what is right, just and true. It is standing up for faith, family and life.
Marikina Rep. Miro Quimbo, campaign manager of Team PNoy, objects, “Hindi dapat benggatibo and Simbahang Katoliko.” Benggatibo? The Church is actually showing love, by pointing out the serious error of these so-called Catholics, so that hopefully they would mend their ways. The Church is being a pastor, pointing her flock to what is the truth.
Team PNoy lamented that they are being accused of being pro-abortion. Well, Hillary Clinton already stated categorically that reproductive health is abortion. Obama has emphatically stated that the US government is committed to impose its deviant culture on other nations, including same-sex marriage. Global RH forces are insisting that abortion be enshrined as a universal human right. Hello, team PNoy. Do you still have your blinders on? What the Church is telling pro-RH legislators is that reproductive health will surely lead to abortion, as has been the experience of ALL the countries of the world that started with contraception.
Rep. Sonny Angara says, “If we didn’t pass the RH law, the women will suffer.” There you have the deception. Or perhaps the pro-RH legislators, despite their intelligence, have just taken hook, line and sinker the actuations of pro-RH global forces. It is with RH that women will suffer. Women will become sex objects, will have no stability in marriage and family, will have STDs and HIV/AIDS, will have cancers and other ailments, will later be forced to undergo abortions due to unwanted pregnancies, will be deeply traumatized by such decisions, will have their lives ruined. Mr Angara, you don’t get it. It is because you have passed the RH law that women will suffer.
Quimbo appealed to the clergy “to judge our candidates not on the basis of just one issue.” He is correct. There are other important issues. However, the most important issue is one’s stand on life. On this everything else depends — the stability of marriage, the strength of the family, the preservation of faith, demographic health, economic stability, the future of coming generations.
The diocese of Bacolod went public with its endorsement of TEAM BUHAY and its campaign against TEAM PATAY. I like that. What appropriate terms. The fight of this third millennium is the conflict between the culture of life and the culture of death. What hangs in the balance is the plan of God for the life of the world. Right now, the tsunami of evil continues to rampage throughout the world. It is time for all true Catholics to resist the assaults of the enemy, and we can start by not voting for TEAM PATAY.
God bless the Philippines.
Published on Monday, 25 February 2013 00:00
Written by WENDELL VIGILIA
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THE administration’s Team PNoy yesterday called “un-Christian” the campaign of some members of the Catholic Church against senatorial candidates who supported the reproductive health bill which is now a law.
Marikina Rep. Miro Quimbo, a campaign spokesman for the Liberal Party-led senatorial slate, said campaigning against politicians who did not toe the line is contrary to the Church’ own teachings and doctrines.
“Hindi dapat benggatibo ang Simbahang Katoliko,” said.
Quimbo appealed to the clergy “to judge our candidates not on the basis of just one issue.”
“I pray for the Church’s openness and virtue of tolerance. Ang turo sa ating mga Katoliko, kapag binato ka ng bato, batuhin mo naman ng tinapay,” he said.
The issue cropped up after the Diocese of Bacolod tagged the pro-RH bets “Team Patay” – a pejorative term which makes it appear that the candidates are anti-life and pro-abortion.
The Church expressed its sentiments in a banner posted Friday at the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City, which displayed the names of “Team Patay.”
The Church is also endorsing the candidacies of anti-RH candidates they called “Team Buhay.”
The Team PNoy senatorial bets who supported the RH bill were Senators Francis Escudero, Alan Peter Cayetano, and Loren Legarda; Aurora Rep. Sonny Angara; and former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros. The two others are independent candidate Rep. Teddy Casiño of Bayan Muna party-list and Jack Enrile of Cagayan who is with the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
“Team Buhay,” according to the church, is composed of Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Aquilino Pimentel III, and former Las Piñas Rep. Cynthia Villar who are also from Team PNoy.
The others who are from UNA are Sen. Gregorio Honasan, and Reps. Joseph Victor Ejercito-Estrada of San Juan, and Mitos Magsaysay of Zambales.
Some members of Team PNoy senatorial candidates were campaigning in Negros Occidental last Friday when the issue was brought up. The sorties ended with a rally at the Bacolod public plaza attended by some 10,000 people.
Bishop Vicente Navarra earlier said the names in the Team Patay and Team Buhay lists will be read out during Sunday Mass when his pastoral letter will be presented.
Navarra said their campaign “is a matter of conscience — it’s not for any other reason, political or whatnots personal.”
“It is more of educating our people that it is about time that they should really form their conscience and vote for people that should really be responsible for life,” he said.
Team PNoy lamented that they are being accused of being pro-abortion when the RH law only promotes freedom of informed choice for couples who want to be educated on family planning methods.
Angara, for one, has said it saddened him that the Church is junking them based on only one issue instead of a candidate’s whole track record.
“It saddens me because the CBCP has said that it will not judge a politician based on a single issue. The Church hierarchy said they will look at the track record of the politician. I believe there are other important issues. A candidate should be judged based on his track record and dedication to serve,” he said.
Angara said he voted for the RH law to help improve the quality of people’s lives.
“If we didn’t pass the RH law, the women will suffer,” Angara said.
The Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 (RA 10354) was signed by Aquino last December, some 14 years since it was first filed in Congress.
In Bacolod, election officer Mavil Majarucon-Sia said the diocese might have violated rules on posting campaign materials.
The implementing rules for the Fair Elections Act say posters of any material should not be bigger than 2 feet by 3 feet.
The Diocese of Bacolod displayed a giant tarpaulin in front of the San Sebastian Cathedral.
Navarra said the tarpaulin is “just a guidance for the people and it is not political any way.” – With Gilbert Bayoran