BACOLOD CITY, Feb. 24 (PNA) — Three senatorial candidates, two of which were labelled as “anti-life” by the hierarchy of the church here, justified their stand on controversial reproductive health (RH) law and decried the bishop’s claims against them.
In a statement, Teddy Casiño of Makabayan Coalition said the anti-life tag against him was unfair since he was prejudged based on his stand on a single issue.
The bishops, according to him, seemed to disregard the track record and totality of a candidate stands on other issues equally important to human lives.
As to his vote for the controversial law, Casiño said that his stand was “based on my concern for the life and health of women and children.”
“The RH law will educate Filipino families to become more sensitive to the challenges of parenthood and caring for a child. Ito ba ang sinasabi nilang ‘anti-life’?” he asked.
On the other hand, former Akbayan Partylist Representative Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel of the ruling Liberal Party, who also voted in favour of the law, was unfazed of the “anti-life” tag against her.
Baraquel said that people have spoken already on the issue and the bishops should accept that fact.
She added that majority of couples nowadays, especially those underprivileged, wanted RH in their lives for they believed that the law will help them protect and manage their family properly.
But another administration candidate who was included in the church’s list of “pro-life” candidates stood in her ground for having different opinion on the matter.
Former congresswoman Cynthia Villar believed that country does not need RH because a ballooning population was an asset and not a problem. The best example, she said, was China, for that has rich population yet it remained progressive through the years.
Other senatorial candidates that the faithful should not support for being “anti-life” according to Diocese of Bacolod were Francis Escudero, Loren Legarda, Alan Peter Cayetano, and Jack Enrile.
Those who deserved support for being “pro-life”, on the other hand, were Joseph Victor Ejercito-Estrada, Gregorio Honasan, Mitos Magsaysay, Koko Pimentel, and Antonio Trillanes.
A billboard showing the list remained hanging at the facade of San Sebastian Cathedral fronting the public plaza of the metro where Team Pinoy campaign sortie was held on Friday.
In a statement, the Diocese of Bacolod clarified that the list they released was only a “guide” since voters have their freedom to choose whom they think were the best candidates for the country. (PNA)