Llamas: Bishops crossing the line into impropriety

Posted at 08/05/12 4:10 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Roland Llamas said bishops are already “[crossing] the line into impropriety.”

Reacting to Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas’ statement on Saturday that “contraception is corruption,” Llamas said: “While we respect the right of bishops, as ordinary citizens, to express their opinions, when they use their ecclesiastical office to mislead the public and to bully elected representatives, it crosses the line into impropriety.”

He said it was an unfair statement, but not unexpected.

“Still, we remain confident that the proponents of the bill retain sufficient support in the House. The President, of course, maintains his firm support for the measure, as he made clear in his [State of the Nation Address],” he said.

In a separate interview with radio dzRB, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said President Benigno Aquino III’s position on the matter “remains the same” amid the criticisms from the Church and its followers.

She said Aquino is “against abortion, pro-life and pro-quality of life.”

On Saturday, the Catholic Church’s faithful gathered at the EDSA Shrine to remind people of the repercussions of the RH Bill.