Cardinal plots birth bill's defeat
Politicians say they have numbers to knock down planned legislation
ucanews.com reporter, Manila
March 18, 2011
"We evaluated our strengths and planned how we can proceed in ensuring that the RH bill will not pass," said Representative Rufus Rodriguez of Cagayan de Oro City.
Cardinal Vidal's meeting with Arroyo, now a representative of the province of Pampanga, and the 25 lawmakers lasted for three hours, a source said.
"We are optimistic that after all is said and done, we have the numbers to uphold life in Congress," said Rodriguez.
Cardinal Vidal urged the legislators to remain steadfast in "keeping up the fight" against the proposed measure.
Representative Edcel Lagman, one of the main proponents of birth control, however, said "there is need for devil’s advocates so that the reproductive health bill can be canonized into final enactment."
He said there is a need for a "high level confrontation through plenary debates" on the issues.
The Catholic Church meanwhile is organizing a "Thanksgiving Mass" on Wednesday, March 23, to recognize the efforts of lay people and legislators in “defending the sanctity of life.”
The Mass is set at 9 a.m. at the Manila Cathedral and will be presided by Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales.
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