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Anti-RH bill supporters to bring fight to SC

December 30, 2012

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The Catholic Church isn’t giving up the fight against the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) bill. Dr. Rene Josef Bullecer, Human Life International director, said the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) will ask the Supreme Court (SC) to declare the bill as “unconstitutional.” “We will question the constitutionality of the law,” he said. President […]

Catholic lay leaders hit ‘secrecy’ in signing of bill

December 30, 2012

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MANILA — Catholic leaders lambasted yesterday the “secrecy” that shrouded President Aquino’s signing of the reproductive health (RH) bill into law and vowed to “exhaust all legal remedies” to have it repealed. Dr. Ricardo Boncan, spokesman of the Catholic Vote Philippines alliance, said it was “highly dishonorable” for the President to sign the law on […]

Palma Pulpit can’t be used against pro-RH lawmakers

December 20, 2012

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Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, who just arrived from Vietnam, expressed sadness the Reproductive Health bill was approved, but said he would not allow the pulpit to be used in the campaign against the law’s supporters. “I feel sad because some people and many of the legislators have the belief that anything they legislate is for […]

Church laments RH bill passage, vows to fight on

December 19, 2012

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CATHOLIC CHURCH leaders and their allies bewailed the passage of the Reproductive Health (RH) bill at the Lower House and its approval on second reading at the Senate, but said they will fight on. “I’m not surprised because the president has been using money, power, and influence so the bill will become a law,” Msgr. […]

Osmeña, lone Cebuano senator, absent in voting

December 18, 2012

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Cebuano senator Serge Osmeña III followed the footsteps of his younger brother, Tomas, by not showing up at the session hall last night as the Senate passed on third and final reading the Reproductive Health bill. Serge and Sen. Lito Lapid were marked absent as the Senate voted 13-8 with no abstention on the controversial […]

Church voices Misa de Gallo appeal as RH bill vote slated today

December 17, 2012

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Even with the odds stacked against them, opponents of the Reproductive Health (RH) bill aren’t giving up hope that the measure will fall through in today’s Congress session. Yesterday’s start of the nine-day Misa de Gallo gave Church leaders like Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal the venue to ventilate anew their appeal to lawmakers […]

Local color opens Misa de Gallo Masses in Cebu

December 16, 2012

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by Correspondent Carine Asutilla   An LED-lighted horse-drawn carriage welcomed thousands of church goers who attended the first day of the annual Misa de Gallo at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral this morning. Images of the Three Kings, the Holy Family, and Santa Claus near the cathedral added color to the 9-day tradition. Bayani Deja was […]

Aquino certifies RH bill ‘urgent’

December 15, 2012

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MANILA—President Aquino certified as urgent the reproductive health (RH) bill, after it passed on second reading at the House of Representatives despite a spirited opposition mounted by the influential Catholic Church. The President’s move signals the formal shift of the battle over the RH bill to the Senate, which was still stuck in the period […]

Bishops vow to continue fight against RH bill

December 14, 2012

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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 […]

Palace officials influenced voting?

December 14, 2012

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What clinched the vote for the Reproductive Health bill at the House of Representatives? Four key emissaries of President Aquino were conspicuously present at the South Lounge of the Batasan building and stayed on until every vote was cast—and counted—in favor of passing House Bill No. 4244 on second reading, the Inquirer has learned. Led […]