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Lay leaders keep up tax threat
Anti-birth control bill campaigners say they will defy bishopsAn anti-birth control bill rally in Manila (Photograph by Sean Salvador)
- ucanews.com reporters, Manila
- May 23, 2011
Bishops have opposed the move.
Human Life International country coordinator Dr. Rene Bullecer, speaking at a meeting in the central province of Cebu, said lay organizations are united in their resolve for a civil disobedience. campaign.
‚ÄúLet us see what lies ahead‚Ä¶. Not paying taxes is just one of the options when we talk about direct democracy," Bullecer said.
Bullecer¬†said he preferred the term ‚Äúdirect democracy‚ÄĚ and not ‚Äúcivil disobedience.‚ÄĚ
Archbishop Palma, in a forum with businessmen last week, said disobedience is not an option but stressed that the Church would not stop in campaigning against the bill.
The bill's opponents have scheduled prayer vigils, signature campaigns and caravans in different regions in the coming weeks.
With just two weeks to go before Congress adjourns, debates on the Senate version of the bill may not get going until at least late July, according to Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.
The next session of Congress will start July 25, when President Benigno Aquino III is expected to deliver his second State of the Nation Address.
Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan expressed sadness over the division among Catholics over the issue.