CBCP-ECFL to seek audience with President-elect Aquino regarding RH Bill

May 20, 2010 8:12 pm 

MANILA, May 20 –An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Family and Life (CBCP-ECFL) said they will seek an audience with soon- to- be President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to discuss the issue on the Reproductive Health (RH) bill.

“We are holding on his statement that he is against the RH bill, we hopefully we could have a dialogue with him or a representative who is close to him regarding the issue,” said Father Melvin Castro, CBCP-EFCL executive secretary.

However, aside from the new Chief Executive, as early as now they are looking forward to talking to the members of the Congress, both in the upper and lower house and convince them to go against the passage of the proposed law.

He noted that they have not set a meeting with Aquino, as they are focused in having discussion with the new members of the House of Representatives.

“Our priority right now is to talk to the legislators, its in the works to talk to them as early as we can so that we can check who are those sympathetic to the Church,” Castro said.

He is confident that they will get the support of the newly- elected congressmen; adding that majority of the Senators now are anti-RH bill.

“I am glad that a good number of the winning senators will not support the bill, but we will focus first on the members of the lower house, for us to choose who is going to be the core group or who are pro-life advocates,” Castro added.

The CBCP-ECFL also reiterated that the stand of the Church against the bill will not change since passing the bill will not help the family and the country.

“Our stand against the bill still stands. People should expect us to stop the passage of the bill,” he said.

Meanwhile, he appealed to Aquino to fulfill his promises particularly in fighting graft and corruption in the government and how to alleviate poverty.

“He promised to fight corruption, alleviate poverty, and not to give priority on RH bill since it would only divide the country as the thrust of the electorate is to unite the country,” Castro said.

All the 13 million votes Aquino garnered, four days after the May 10 elections want him to fight against corruption. (PNA) LOR/FGP/utb

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