MANILA, September 21, 2011–Over 2,000 people — mostly priests, seminarians, nuns, employees and their children — took part in the recent anti-RH bill prayer rally in Tagaytay, organized by the Tagaytay Religious Association (TRA) to express opposition to the Reproductive Health (RH) bill.
Dubbed “Lakad-Dalangin para sa Pagpapahalaga ng Buhay,” the event was an expression of fervent faith in the importance of voicing out pro-life sentiments and in the indispensability of divine assistance in the fight for a culture of life.
“It was prayerful…not too many placards and not sounding like a March or rally, praying the rosary [the whole time] led by their leaders using megaphones. Police and tanods help hold the traffic while the procession passed the crossings,” related Sr. Pilar Verzosa, RGS, Pro-life Philippines founder, who was one of the thousands who participated in the event.
Imus Bishop Chito Tagle, who officiated the Eucharistic celebration at the Lourdes Church after the procession, dwelt on the meaning and value of life in his homily.
The prelate drew out the story of Cain and Abel as a prime example of the murder of one’s brother and of the desire to get rid of the other due to jealousy, pride or power — which are ingrained in the human soul.
After citing other manifestations of this tendency throughout history, Tagle touched on the RH bill and how all have been warned of so much change in the Filipino character which its acceptance would bring.
He mentioned that many have encouraged him to hold on to the Filipino’s natural love for family and children.
According to Sr. Pilar, right before the Mass, Tim Laws of the Alliance for the Family Inc. (ALFI) talked to the church packed with the event participants about life in a contraceptive society and the effects on the Philippines of an RH law should the bill be passed. He presented data mostly from the US experience but also from other countries’ pertaining to elements that go with a contraceptive society: breakdown of marriage, co-habitation, the high rate of childless couples not wanting any children at all, increase in the number of families with children in crimes, school dropouts, sex and drugs, a rapidly aging population, and poverty among single mothers.
The TRA, organizers of the event, is composed of more than 70 seminaries, religious houses, retreat centers, schools and monasteries located in Tagaytay and its environs. (CBCP for Life)