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Politicians back church on health bill
Cebu governor says government officials are united in oppositionProtesters in Cebu march in opposition to proposed reproductive health legislation. (Photo courtesy of Don Bosco-Pasil)
- Betty Perdon, Cebu City
- June 20, 2011
Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia said government officials were united in opposition to the reproductive health (RH) bill.
â€śWhat is right is to be pro-life and to stand up firmly and steadfastly against the RH bill,â€ť she said during a meeting with Church leaders on Friday, which included Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu.
â€śOn behalf of all [local government units] of the province of Cebu, all of our seven cities and 44 municipalities, may I express, your excellency, our firm stand against the RH bill.â€ť
Congressman Pablo Garcia, the governorâ€™s brother, said passage of the bill was unlikely, as â€śanti-RH bill legislatorsâ€ť have the numbers to block passage.
â€śThere is a change in Congress because of the non-compromising stand of the bishops,â€ť the legislator said, adding that the bill was â€śagainst God, against the family, against religion, particularly the Catholic Church.
Archbishop Palma expressed his gratitude at Fridayâ€™s meeting for support from political leaders.
â€śIt is mostly assuring and inspiring that our politicians are truly reflecting the sentiments and the spirituality of the Cebuano people, who are very religious and strong in their conviction.â€ť
He added that he would pray for the enlightenment of other legislators who have not yet decided on their stand on the issue.
â€śMany have not seen the many dimensions of the bill, which in the final analysis are dimensions against development and morality, and will not be for the good of the people,â€ť he said.