Bishop uses ‘text blast” vs RH bill

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MANILA, Dec. 4, 2012— As lawmakers tackle amendments to the reproductive health (RH) bill, a Catholic bishop is utilizing text messaging against the measure.

Kidapawan Bishop Romulo dela Cruz said he has been sending multiple messages to large number of people asking for prayers that RH bill will not be passed.

“I keep sending text messages to as many friends as I can asking them to pray and offer sacrifice so that our congressmen will vote according to the stand of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines,” dela Cruz said.

Other dioceses are also storming heaven with prayers so that the RH bill, which seeks to control the country’s population, will not be passed.

Naval Bishop Filomeno Bactol said efforts in his diocese continue to convince local government officials that the RH bill is not the answer to poverty.

“We raise our hands to heaven and pray that our congressmen will vote against the RH bill,” Bactol said. “We are praying for our congressmen that they will get the grace from heaven to think for the future.”

Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes, meanwhile, expressed fear that Malacañang will use pork barrel of lawmakers to pressure them to vote for the RH bill.

“I am afraid also that Malacañang might use the pork barrel… that lawmakers might not be given their pork barrel when they vote against the RH bill,” he said. (CBCPNews)

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