Team RH launched in Bacolod-A A +A
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
A SO-CALLED Team RH (Reproductive Health) Law was launched in Bacolod City on Tuesday by Team PNoy senatorial candidate Risa Hontiveros.
Team RH, the pro-RH campaign, aims to counter the "voter's miseducation" initiative of anti-RH bishops through their Team Patay tarps, on the same day that the Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining order against the RH law.
"The Bacolod Diocese took the fight to the Supreme Court, but Team RH is bringing the fight to ground zero, Bacolod City," said Hontiveros, who is among those named in Team Patay posters.
During a press conference on Tuesday, Hontiveros announced that grassroots women's organizations will mount the pro-RH tarps, yellow and purple ribbons, and other pro-RH collaterals across Bacolod as part of the Team RH campaign.
“Contrary to the bishops' claim, deliberately spreading misinformation is an abuse of free speech, especially when they hide it under the veil of voter's education. In fact, it cripples free and fair elections,” she said.
Hontiveros said she is proud to be an advocate of RH and of women's rights but to brand this advocacy as anti-life must be corrected.
She said she is confident that the people have already issued their judgment on the matter, especially after the successful launching of the campaign in Manila and Cebu City last week.
Hontiveros said the RH law, passed with landslide support from the Filipino people, and the fact that women and RH advocates across the country are rising against this propaganda, says that Team RH has already won the court of public opinion.
She earlier characterized the "Team Patay" campaign as a form of bullying.
"Basic fairness needs to be maintained in our elections, and a place of worship should not be a site of partisan politics. The Team Patay campaign harms the separation of Church and State and it prevents genuine voter's education," she added. (CNC)
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 20, 2013.