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Bishops walk out of senate meeting
Birth control concerns ignored during debate, Church leaders sayActivists hold a protest about the birth control measure outside the Philippine Congress
- ucanews.com reporter, Manila
- February 17, 2011
A representative of the bishops at the meeting with the Senate Committee on Health and Demography said the Churchâs presence in the consultation is futile.
Lawyer Jo Imbong, CBCP legal counsel, said the decision to leave the meeting was made based on the CBCPâs stand against the RH bill.
âThe CBCP cannot lend its voice to a measure that undermines fundamental rights and the ideals and aspirations of Filipinos as written in the constitution,â Imbong said.
It was not the first time that the CBCP called off its participation in the dialogue.
In February 2009, Imbong and other church representatives walked out of a hearing on the Senate version of the RH bill, claiming that there was âblatant disregardâ of their concerns.
In a recent pastoral letter, the bishops called on the public to oppose the passage of the bill, which according to them, is a form of âmoral corruption.â
They also hinted that they may pull out of dialogues with the presidential palace on the issue.
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