Teodoro's turnaround on RH bill surprises bishop

January 28, 2010 10:47 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 28 – Lakas-Kampi CMD presidential candidate Gilbert Teodoro's change of stand on the Reproductive Health Bill has surprised an official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

CBCP Public Affairs Committee Chairman Bishop Deogracias Iniguez on Thursday said “It’s possible that somebody approached and explained it to him.”

He said he does not discount the possibility that Teodoro was approached by a bishop that made him change his mind.

“I just hope that this was not just to court the Catholic Church because what is important is their real stand on the RH issue,” the Caloocan prelate said.

The CBCP official revealed that they have received information that several lawmakers have also changed their position after meeting with the bishops.

“A lot of our congressmen are open to the explanation of the bishops that’s why some of them changed their position,” he said.

Iniguez said that it will be to the advantage of the candidate if they will support the anti-RH stand of the Catholic Church.

On Wednesday, the administration’s presidential candidate said he is now advocating “moral choice" on the RH issue to please disparate sectors.

“You have to please disparate sectors. You cannot make something succeed if there is massive opposition against it. That’s the practical reality of things," he said.

Teodoro, earlier, expressed support for certain provisions of the controversial proposal.

The Catholic Church has repeatedly expressed opposition on the passage of the measure noting that it is anti-life and family. (PNA)



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