MANILA — Refusing to admit defeat, Catholic bishops yesterday vowed to continue fighting the reproductive health bill after the House of Representatives voted 113-104 to approve the controversial measure.
Malolos Bishop Jose Oliveros and retired Lingayen Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz likened the Church’s setback in the House to the defeat on Sunday of Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao . But the bishops insisted that House vote was not a “knockout” for the Church.
“As Pacquiao would say, the fight isn’t over. The pro-RH may have a meager nine-point lead at the vote (on Wednesday) night (and) will continue to fight in the other for a like the Executive, the Supreme Court and the level of individual conscience,” Oliveros said.
“In the spirit of boxing, there was a knockdown but not yet a knockout. My admiration goes to those representatives who voted against the RH bill notwithstanding the political pressures and financial gain,” Cruz said. /INQUIRER