Year-ender report: The crusade for a culture of life, Part 2

MANILA, Dec. 31, 2011–”Sabi ho ng kabilang partido, kaya daw po naghihikahos ang gobyerno ay dahil walang budget for stretching. Nanggaling na mismo sa kanila ang stretching… eh di kung linagyan pa po ng pondo na pambili ng condoms at contraceptives, eh di you stretch [the budget] further. So alin po ang willing i-sacrifice ng pro-RH legislators sa budget para lang po namin maisingit ang gusto nilang pondo para sa procurement of condoms and contraceptives?

“We can even see that the budgets for education, for tertiary educational scholarships, skills training, livelihood projects, assistance for farmers, agrarian reform beneficiaries, are being cut.” – Zambales Rep. Ma. Milagros “Mitos” Magsaysay in a May press conference

[Iyan ay] sapat na halaga para bigyan ng lupa ang squatter sa probinsya.” – Sen. Lito Lapid, while interpellating RH bill sponsor Sen. Pia Cayetano, who admitted that the Dept. of Health had asked for P13.7 billion to implement the measure for 2012 alone

(In the same floor debate, Lapid pointed out that even at P3 billion per year, slum dwellers could be sent back to the provinces and given their own land over a 10-year period.)

“We have no need for this bill because this is like repacking something and making it appear as if it were your own, when it’s not. I have shown that this [House Bill 4244] has been copied almost word for word, without attribution, from an existing law. Alam niyo, kapag ganitong kinopya lang, redundant na itong bill na ito as far as these provisions are concerned. Inulit lang eh.” – Paranaque Rep. Roilo Golez, pointing out the redundancy of the RH bill owing to the existence of Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women, during May plenary debates

Palagi nating reference ang ibang bansa sa reproductive health. Iyan ay pag-amin din na isang banyang konsepto ang RH. Bakit nating pinaggigiitan na yakapin ‘yan ng Sambayanang Pilipino [samantalang] nakakubli nga diyan ang access to “safe” and legal abortion. Bakit natin pinagpipilitan ang isang banyagang konsepto sa isang bansa na tulad natin na likas na maka-pamilya at likas na maka-buhay? We reject the RH bill at huwag nang ipasa ‘yang batas na ‘yan dahil hindi kailangan ng Sambayanan.” – Rev. Fr. Melvin Castro, Executive Secretary of the CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Family and Life

To present what transpired at an August 24 plenary debate at the House of Representatives in which Pangasinan Rep. Kimi Cojuangco admitted to Zambales Rep. Mitos Magsaysay that the RH bill was a measured aimed at curbing the population, here is the exchange verbatim:

(Magsaysay) “Is [the RH bill] a population measure?”

(Cojuangco) “Of course.”

(Magsaysay) “Of course? It’s a population measure? To curb poverty, do you need to curb population? In your eyes?”

(Cojuangco) “Definitely.”

(Magsaysay) “In other words, you are contradicting the position of all your other co-sponsors there who said that this is not a population measure, that this is not a poverty alleviation measure.”

(Cojuangco, after a few seconds’ pause) “Well, it’s not a population… ay, it is a population measure but it’s not population control.”


“’11 mothers die everyday’ is a phrase used by NGOs to drive home the point.” – Sen. Pia Cayetano, during a Sept. floor debate with Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile

“I want to make sure that statistical numbers used for the possible passage of this bill are beyond doubt.” – Enrile, replying to Cayetano

“In plain language, maternal mortality went down by half in two decades – even without an RH law.  To highlight the problem of maternal deaths is one thing. To use numbers for deception is another.” – Filipinos for Life in a statement released in August calling out Akbayan on its using outdated data to push the RH bill

“It appears that UNFPA has participated in this bill through RHAN and Likhaan. Why am I concerned? … [A US government] investigation [had] found that UNFPA was complicit in the coercive implementation of China’s one-child policy.” - Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, expressing concern during a September plenary debate that the international agency notorious for promoting coercive population control worldwide had given funding to RH lobby groups to speed up the passage of the RH bill


“I’m very much interested in looking at the financial statements of these organizations, [as there are] reports that these are receiving subsidies from foreign organizations particularly those foreign organizations whose main thrust is to legalize abortions … through the help of NGOs. We might also have to check from their financial statements if they have been nurturing legislators in the past two years. Nakikialam sila sa paggawa ng batas dito sa atin eh. ‘Di po ba dapat alamin natin kung sino sila?” - Sotto while interpellating RH bill sponsor Cayetano in a December floor debate, inquiring about details on the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines’ getting millions of dollars in subsidies from UNFPA and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), the largest abortion provider in the world

“The RH promoters do whatever they have to do to get these things passed — they spend their money in promotion, in getting journalists on their side, opening clinics to circumvent pro-life laws, wooing politicians who value their own power more than they do the families and culture of the nation they represent. If they can’t get what they want — which is free-of-charge and full access to contraception and abortion — passed democratically, they will use the courts or other non-democratic means to get what they want.”Stephen Phelan, Human Life International (HLI) Communications Director, reacting to President Benigno Aquino III’s directive issued in August to prioritize the passage of the RH bill despite public outcry against it

“Ordinary people don’t want their governments passing anti-life, anti-family legislation.  That’s why these measures can only be passed when government officials force their will on the people.  That’s what happened in the United States in 2010 with “Obamacare” — which expanded taxpayer-funded abortions, despite massive public opposition — and it’s the same tactic President Aquino is trying now in the Philippines.” – John Jansen, Director of Generations for Life, the youth arm of the Pro-Life Action League, reacting to the same directive

“As a doctor of medicine and a pro-life fighter, I cannot afford to just close my eyes and ears to the truth that the use of oral contraceptive pills as well as Depo-Provera injectables can cause cancer, as the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization declared on July 29, 2005 that ‘artificial contraceptives’ are ‘carcinogenic,’ at par with cigarettes and asbestos.

“I am challenging all doctors, nurses and midwives in this country, particularly those working in the government or NGOs who vigorously promote these products in their day-to-day campaign… to speak up for the truth and expose the hidden agenda of the multi-billion peso pill manufacturers at the expense of the health and lives of Filipino women.” – Rene Josef Bullecer, M.D., Human Life International (HLI) Pilipinas country director during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

“They want us to accept from Congress what is contrary to our faith. They ask Catholics to show tolerance for their belief or non-belief, but they show complete non-tolerance for our Catholic belief.” – former Senator Francisco “Kit” Tatad at the November “Philippines for Life” National Congress in Cebu

“We wish to make it clear that the Church does not recognize this group to be an authentic Catholic association or group since it espouses and supports a stand contrary to the magisterial teachings of the Church. The uncompromising stand of the Church to uphold the dignity of the person and to protect and respect the life from conception to natural death has always been the constant teaching of the Church.” – former CBCP President Bishop Nereo Odchimar in a Clarificatory Note on “C4RH” (“Catholics for RH”) released in May

“What you are prohibited from doing directly, you are mandated to do indirectly. At mas imoral po ‘yon. Bakit? Kasi kung siya lang ang gagawa ng paglabag sa kanyang konsensya―halimbawa, nagbigay siya ng condom o pills, nag-perform siya ng vasectomy o naglagay siya ng IUD sa isang tao, siya lang ang nagkasala. But if he is going to refer to another doctor, dalawa na silang nagkasala.” – Atty. Marwil Llasos, staff apologist for Defensores Fidei, in a pro-life symposium

” What we ought to do is linked to what is true and what is good… It is true that we have the obligation to follow what our conscience tells us before we act. But we also have the obligation to try our best to have a correct conscience.

“This Church teaching is based on natural law, which we know through natural reason… By the efforts of the Church to go against the RH bill, the Church is not imposing her religious beliefs on others. She is trying to stop a bill which is against natural law, a law which all human beings, Catholic or not, should follow.” – CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Family and Life Chairman Bishop Gabriel V. Reyes, at the Cebu “Philippines for Life” National Congress

“[The RH bill] will mean the total surrender of our national sovereignty, for it is not of Filipino origin. Nor is it meant to strengthen or enrich the culture, character and conscience of the Filipinos. It is dictated by foreign population controllers using so many of our unfortunate countrymen as proxies and cats’ paws.” -  Tatad at the Cebu National Congress (CBCP for Life)

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