After fasting comes text blasts vs RH bill

Posted at 12/05/12 10:26 AM

MANILA, Philippines — A Catholic bishop is adopting text messaging as a new weapon in the fight against the passage of the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) Bill.

In a report on CBCPNews, Kidapawan Bishop Romulo dela Cruz said he has been sending multiple messages to a large number of people asking for prayers that the 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.

Antipolo Bishop Gabriel Reyes earlier urged Catholics to pray and fast on Monday and the following days so that lawmakers will not pass the bill. Reyes is chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Family and Life.

CBCP Episcopal Commission on Family and Life executive secretary Fr. Melvin Castro asked for prayers for Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile after receiving reports that he may be ousted from his position because of his stance versus the bill.

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.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte, however, debunked the bishop's fears.

"[There is] no basis for the fears. Transparent po tayo. Makikita niyo po 'yung releases ng [priority development assistance funds] online," she said.