TARLAC CITY, Oct. 17, 2012—Nearly a thousand Tarlaqueños coming from various municipalities and a number of schools flocked to this city’s town plaza over the weekend to protest the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) bill.
The protest rally, called by Tarlac Bishop Florentino Cinense, D.D., kicked off with a rousing talk by former Manila mayor Lito Atienza, who highlighted the need to oppose the measure.
Atienza also questioned RH proponents’ insistence that Filipinos need the measure.“Bakit nila sinasabing payag ang mga Pilipino sa RH bill? Binobola pa tayo,” he said.
Program hosts during the program openly endorsed voting for anti-RH candidates, later leading a chant on voting for Buhay party-list, of which Atienza is a nominee.
The bishop warned that the country may suffer from moral degradation which he said has happened to other countries which embraced the contraceptive lifestyle.
“Lahat ng mga naniniwala dito sa mga contraceptives at ‘safe sex’ ay talagang bumababa ang moralidad. Kaya ayaw natin na tayo ring mga Pilipino ay malulong sa mga bagay na ganyan,” Cinense said. (CBCP for Life)