Bishop dismayed on Ang Ladlad joining party-list polls

April 9, 2010 10:35 pm 

MANILA, April 9 – A Catholic Church official expressed dismay over the recent decision of the Supreme Court (SC) allowing Ang Ladlad, an organization composed of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT) to join the party-list election in May.

However, Bishop Deogracias Iniguez, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Public Affairs head said that they respect the ruling of the High Court, as they respect the members of Ang Ladlad.

“That’s the opinion of the SC, they are the supreme interpreter of the law but the Catholic Church disagrees with that. For us, although we recognize them, we respect them but their situation, it’s an abnormality,” the Kalookan prelate said.

He noted that this is the first time in the country that gays and lesbians are running for party-list polls and gunning to be represented in Congress.

“Here in the Philippines that’s the first time to have a party that as open as them, but in other countries, I know there are existing groups,” he said.

Asked if they will take action on the recent events, he said that he does not know the activities of other prelates, but he is sure that this will be a topic for discussion.

Iniguez, on the other hand, advised the party to come up with messages or action that will be acceptable to the teachings of the Church and to the public as well.

“I think they should seriously study the different concepts of the Church about their situation and try to consider ‘yung talagang masasabi nating the accepted understanding and appreciation of that situation so they can contribute to a society na merong healthy understanding and appreciation of that,” he said.

On Wednesday, the High Tribunal allowed Ang Ladlad to join the May 10 polls, thus, reversing the decision of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc.

The poll body has denied the petition for accreditation of the group based on moral grounds.

But, according to the SC decision, the organization complied with the legal requirements in their application.

Ang Ladlad together with more that 180 organizations will battle it out in the scheduled polls. Each party is entitled to a maximum of three seats if they will get the two-percent threshold of the total votes casts. (PNA)

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