Former Pnoy supporter learned lesson, will vote for pro-life candidates this time

MANILA, Jan. 4, 2013—A businesswoman expressed her regret over voting for Benigno Aquino III in the 2010 elections and for trusting that he would make morally upright decisions, thereby sealing her convictions to support only pro-life candidates this time around.

“I look for someone nowadays who has fear and love of God. We need them more than ever because their conscience can be guided. I voted for Noynoy and I am regretting it,” said entrepreneur Anna Villahermosa.

“I thought that his non-pro-life stance could be overcome. But it’s clear now he does not have the same moral compass as his mother. People should say this — he is not the same as Cory Aquino.”

The way the legislation of “reproductive health” was pursued, including the apparent meddling of Malacanang on the weeks leading up to the bill’s passage, made the so-called “Daang matuwid” – Pnoy’s campaign message – a glaring inconsistency in his administration. When the bill was passed on second reading and eventually signed into law, Villahermosa was one of many who lamented the outcome.

“I have been talking to fellow pro-lifers and we can’t feel gloomy and defeated. We have to realize that this is the start of the battle. It’s only begun for us here,” the Cebu-based businesswoman pointed out.

“In the USA, the pro-lifers are having it so hard, and what we have here is not so bad compared to what they have to hurdle and change in their country. We have to continue the fight in solidarity with all pro-lifers all over the world. We can’t lose hope.”

“At the same time, we have to start ways to do community work, present real solutions and we just don’t march and cry out. It’s a great challenge for us lay people,” she continued, adding that though she feels angry, she is also challenged to channel it to more productive activity.

The call for the election of pro-life candidates into public office intensified especially after the RH bill became Republic Act (RA) 10354, prompting some to scoff at the notion of candidates’ stand on culture-of-life issues as “narrow-minded.”

Villahermosa mused that she believes integrity and authentic life-affirming values are the most vital in evaluating people aiming for a post in public office.

“What’s narrow-minded is to vote for Catholic candidates who are “sarado Katoliko” in a different way – those who are scrupulous… the left hand doesn’t look what the right hand is doing.”

“However, if the candidate says he is pro-life, I better take notice because being pro-life entails respect for the most basic of values to practice,” she continued. “And if your candidate is sensitive to this, well and good because he is expected to practice public service with integrity.”

Anti-RH conviction top factor come voting time

Other life advocates who look forward to casting their ballots on May 13 have made the RH issue a defining factor. Aaron Ching, for one, has stricken out pro-RH politicians from his list.

“The RH law is not a narrow issue. It has wide implications that will affect Philippine society as a whole. It affects religious liberties, sanctity of life especially of the unborn, government spending, and moral stability of the nation,” the young engineer explained.

“Based on the wide effects of this bill, choosing who to vote for based on the politician’s conviction regarding the RH bill is not being narrow-minded.”

Ching said the most vital consideration for him in voting for a candidate is that he/she “should be a true pro-lifer.” Since without the right to be born no other human rights will be relevant, he said, “this factor is the very first on my list.”

“We need a statesman who would respect life from conception to natural death,” said sales executive Francis Bautista.

“Since we live in a capitalistic society, we must vote for people who would promote economic liberalization. Let’s face it, competition breeds innovation,” he said, adding that this would also lead to the creation of more jobs for Filipinos.

Corruption was likewise a concern for Bautista and factored it in in his decision-making not just for this year’s elections, but beyond 2013.

“Eventually, we need to vote for someone who would make a way to eradicate political dynasties which breed corruption in our very society,” he said.

‘Seeks God’s heart before personal ambition’

“I would definitely consider how our congressmen/senators voted for the RH bill. Those who don’t value life, commitment or responsibility are crossed out – [Senator] Miriam [Defensor-Santiago], [Congressman] Edcel [Lagman], [Congresswoman Janette] Garin, [Senator Pia] Cayetano, [Risa] Hontiveros, etc.,” wedding photographer Dominic Barrios specified.

“Those who profess that they are Catholics but do not submit to the church are also marked,” he said, adding he doesn’t believe that those who voted against the bill get a “free pass” to be automatically voted. They are being considered, though, Barrios said, with their track records likewise being a crucial factor.

Asked for other traits he looks for in his analysis of each contender for public positions, the photographer said, “I’m looking for a God-fearing candidate – a Catholic, as much as possible, who is practicing his/her faith. I believe that the best man who can lead the country is someone who seeks God’s heart first rather than his ambitions.” (CBCP for Life)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1421881925 Ishmael Ahab

    Yes. The way these congressmen and senators voted regarding the RH Bill is the number factor for my vote for this years elections. Sorry na lang sa mga anti-lifers. You will not get my vote.

  • Virgilio Segundo

    Nasa huli talaga ang pagsisisi. Nabulag kasi sa apelyido.

  • http://twitter.com/levadd ad lev

    that’s correct….competition breeds innovation…and i hate the RH President..so much.

  • Rodrigo_Tisoy

    your correct… this is not the end of battle but the start… let’s make war thru our ballot…

  • http://www.facebook.com/photos.quotes.7 Photos Quotes

    I also regret for voting pinoy instead of villiar for I thought he is God fearing person just like her mother but I was wrong. But I won’t give up living for life and for God. Now is just the beginning….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1496203653 James Joseph Bardos

    PNOY was used and manipulated by the leftists and liberalists.

  • http://www.facebook.com/augustus.guarin Augustus Caesar A Guarin

    Pnoy enjoyed a solid backing before this lascivious and paganistic RH bill was passed. But this solid back-up was breached when Pnoy openly defied the Catholic church and with it the millions of believers who will not compromise their faith with a bit of popular edict. For why would I place my trust behind a person who goes against my innermost beliefs? The commandments tell me to love God first and others as myself second. The RH bill is not just un-Godly but uncivilized as well, it brings us back to the barbaric ages wherein sensual/hedonistic/ selfish pleasures prevail over the true use of sex. I suggest that the president repeal this law before the Pasig turns red and a host of other things plague his presidency.

  • where_I_stand

    The CBCP for Life has not learned its lesson with the passage of the RH Bill and signed into law. What is the merit of this news article? Not much except to create a scenario wherein the supporters of BS Aquino and other elected officials regret that they have voted them into office. The intention here is to threat those politicians who voted in favor of RH Bill: they will not get the Catholic vote.nnnHowever, to use the RH Bill as the basis of choosing a political leader is a very limited and counter productive response. What if the candidate has a good track record of governance and yet voted in favor of the RH Bill, does it mean that Catholics are encouraged to vote to his opponent who has track records of patronage politics and corrupt practices but voted against the proposed bill? How about a candidate who is consistent in his commitment to social justice, actively involve in the empowerment of farmers and fisherfolks, provided farm to market road, and other developmental projects but voted in favor of the RH Bill, does it mean that such a pro-people candidate cannot get the Catholic vote?nnnThe passage of the RH law is an expected legislative agenda for decades and yet there were no consistent efforts made by the Church’ hierarchy to educate the laity, particularly the masses. If the majority of the lay people did not spontaneously register their protest in the streets condemning the meddling of Malacanang in Congress to ensure the passage of the bill, it is because the people cannot see the detrimental effects of the bill in their lives. It seems that the pro-RH campaign thru mainstream media was successful in wining the sentiment of the masses that the proposed bill is for their poor women and their children.nnnPolitical education of the masses demands time and resources. 2013 elections is so near for the bulk of the Catholics to be politically educated. To simply tell the Catholics what to do–or not to do–is not educating them and therefore, unhealthy for the faithful.

    • philip hernaez

      di uso ang ganyang pananaw sa mga Iglesia ni Cristo…kung ano anng dikta ng kanilang sugo, sinusunod nila..

  • Glenda Angeles

    How glad I am that I didn’t vote for P-Noy. With the way these very important issues were handled along with testimonies of the pork barrel being dangled, I hear and read about more and more being very disappointed with him. The pork barrel has to be the first to go if we really want a “matuwid na daan”.

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