Women hit CBCP
official on continuously misinforming the public on RH
MANILA – Reacting to
news reports, a group of women advocates working with grassroots
communities hits a Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)
official for his statement warning the public to be vigilant because
of his suspicion that the highly clamored Reproductive Health (RH)
bill may end up like the Corona impeachment complaint.
National Chairperson of the Democratic Socialist Women of the
Philippines (DSWP) argued that Father Melvin Castro, Executive
Secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Episcopal Commission on Family and
Life, is again propagating misinformation and disinformation on the RH
bill by insinuating that the said bill has not been subjected to due
process in Congress.
“Is this a case of
selective amnesia?” Angsioco asks. “Fr. Castro knows well that the RH
Bill has been pending in Congress for more than a decade and that it
has been the subject of discussion from the Committee level up to
plenary sessions in both chambers of Congress,” she explains.
Angsioco said, “all
arguments, for and against have been exhausted; that many times, anti-RH
lawmakers resort to repetitive, sometimes absurd ‘arguments’ against
the RH bill.”
Angsioco asserts that
the anti-RH lawmakers have failed to come-up with new arguments. What
they do is use technicalities as delaying tactics to prevent the bill
from being voted on. Thus, the RH bill cannot and should not be
unfairly compared with Chief Justice Corona’s impeachment by the House
statements only revealed that the anti-RH camp does not have the
numbers in Congress and that they are scared to put the bill to a vote
because they know they will lose, said Angsioco. “Why else do they
continuously oppose the voting? Clearly the delaying tactics are meant
to prevent Congress from taking the vote on the measure,” she added.
calls on Congress leadership to already close the period of
interpellation and move on to the period of amendments then vote.
“After more than a decade, legislators by now surely have their
positions even if some choose to remain quiet on the issue,” she said.
“There is no more
reason not to call for a vote. The Filipino people have been
patiently waiting, mothers, particularly poor mothers, continuously
die because of CBCP’s opposition and Congress’ turtle-like pace in
processing the much needed bill, Angsioco ended.