On the campaign of the Bacolod diocese to junk pro-RH senatorial candidates and to promote anti-RH ones, labeling them as TEAM PATAY and TEAM BUHAY respectively, LP campaign manager Sen Frank Drilon said “The Church should not take parties and positions including the RH bill (which is now a law).” And why not? RH is a moral issue, and the Church needs to speak prophetically about moral issues. RH is deadly not only for women but for the whole nation, and the Church is concerned about the physical and spiritual well-being of her flock. The Church should indeed speak out, and speak out loudly and clearly.
Rep. Angara said that despite the campaign against them in Bacolod, they will have to continue reaching out to “non-believers and trying to convert them.” The pro-RH forces have converted many Catholics and have made them effectively non-believers. We pro-lifers need to reach out to believers (those who claim to be Catholic) and try to convert them. Convert them not only to the pro-life point of view, but to true conversion of heart, a true transformation in Christ, reflected in being strongly pro-life.
Let us make this campaign viral. Do not vote for TEAM PATAY. Vote for TEAM BUHAY.
God bless the Philippines.
Campaign takes religious twist; UNA, LP fan the fire
By Christine F. Herrera | Posted on Feb. 27, 2013 at 12:01am | 936 views
THE senatorial campaign for the May 13 elections took on a religious twist on Tuesday, as the issue on reproductive health re-emerged as a focal point in the campaign for both the opposition United Nationalist Alliance and the ruling Liberal Party.
Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco, secretary general and campaign manager of UNA, fired another broadside against Liberal Party spokesman and Marikina Rep. Miro Quimbo for reportedly ordering the Catholic clergy to stop campaigning against those who voted in favor for the Palace-backed Reproductive Health Act.
Tiangco said that Quimbo went overboard and crossed the line by disrespecting the position of the Church.
“Who does he think he is, ‘popish than the Pope’?” Tiangco asked, referring to Quimbo.
Tiangco said Quimbo’s order reflects the LP’s “dictatorial undertones” and shows that the agenda of the administration party was to quell dissenting opinion.
“This only shows that the agenda of the Liberal Party is to quell contrary opinion, in the same way local execs are threatened if they host UNA rallies,” Tiangco said.
The issue on reproductive health reemerged during the Liberal Party’s sortie in Bacolod City where the local diocese posted streamers with the names of senatorial candidates who voted for and against the reproductive health law.
The diocese branded those who favored the RH law as “Team Patay” and those that did not vote for it as “Team Buhay.”
But Tiangco said while there were UNA candidates such as Cagayan Rep. Juan Ponce Enrile that were included in the diocese’s list of candidates to be junked, UNA did not take offense.
“There are also UNA candidates in the Church’s list but we respect their right to express their opinion because we are in a democracy,” Tiangco said.
Bacolod diocese’s act of posting separate lists for those who voted for the RH Bill (Team Patay) and those who did not (Team Buhay) also got the attention of LP campaign manager and Senator Franklin Drilon.
The Ilonggo senator urged the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines to refrain from meddling with the affairs of the state in campaigning for or against senatorial candidates based on their stand on the Reproductive Health Law.
“The Church should not take parties and positions including the RH bill (which is now a law),” Drilon said.
Drilon made the statement when asked to comment on the Diocese of Bacolod’s giant tarpaulin labeling President Aquino’s LP coalition according to how they had voted on the reproductive health law in Congress.
The Team PNoy senatorial bets who supported the RH bill were Senators Francis Escudero, Alan Peter Cayetano, and Loren Legarda; Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo 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.
Rep. Angara, however, said that despite the campaign against them in Bacolod, they will have to continue reaching out to “non-believers and trying to convert them.”
The Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2013 (RA 10354) WAS signed by Aquino last December, some 14 years since it was first filed in Congress. With Maricel V. Cruz and Vito Barcelo
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Phil 1:21)