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MANILA, June 20, 2012–In a massive rally against the Reproductive Health (RH) bill held at the Blessed Trinity Cathedral in Talibon, Bohol over the weekend, Bohol congressman Arthur Yap said the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) will be another source of funds for contraceptives if the bill is enacted into law. This is apart from the 13.7 billion revealed during Senate debates last year as the amount the Department of Health (DoH) is asking the national government for to implement the RH bill for the year if passed in 2012.
“That will be disastrous, since half of the population in third district are in class E,” stressed Yap, who represents the said district of the province.
Yap pointed out that PDAF beneficiaries will be drastically affected should the RH Bill be passed since funds currently used for scholarships, livelihood projects, medical assistance and farm-to-market roads will instead be poured into family planning programs.
An estimated 4,000 people attended the rally voicing their opposition against the controversial measure. They were joined by other Bohol congressmen Erico B Aumentado (2nd district), who explained the legal issues that hounded the controversial measure, and Rene Relampagos (1st district) who, though not present at the event, sent his anti-RH bill message via SMS.
Relampagos was the first Bohol lawmaker to openly object to the RH bill.
The rally kicked off with a Holy Mass celebrated by Bishop Christian Vincent Noel D.D. who, in his homily, explained that human life is most sacred because it each person is made in the image and likeness of God. He reiterated that it is the duty of the faithful to oppose the measure and to protect human life from the moment of conception up to natural death.
“The controversial RH Bill puts danger, not only [on] the health, but even the life of the unborn babies. It also puts at risk the physical and spiritual health of people,” Noel pointed out.
As part of the Talibon diocese’s campaign against the legislative measure, the diocese sent copies of its position paper to all parishes, which was read in all Sunday masses. (CBCP for Life)