RH bill must be decided via nominal voting - CBCP

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Monday, December 3, 2012

MANILA -- The influential Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), on Monday, pushed for the use of the nominal voting, and not the viva voce, in the event that lawmakers decide to open the reproductive health (RH) for voting.

In a statement, CBCP – Episcopal Commission on Family and Life (ECFL) Chairman Bishop Gabriel Reyes said it is only right for lawmakers to make known their position on the controversial measure instead of hiding under the cloak of “ayes” or “nays”.

“Let us demand from our congressmen, especially leaders of Congress, that the voting be nominal, whenever a vote on a part or on the whole of the substitute bill on the House Bill 4244 is taken,” said Reyes.

“It is the right of the people to know how their respective congressmen voted on this important bill,” the Antipolo bishop furthered.

It can be recalled that members of the House of Representatives had voted to end the plenary debates on the RH bill back in August via the viva voce vote.

On Monday, President Benigno Aquino III was scheduled to meet members of the Lower House to discuss the fate of the RH bill amid calls for the Chief Executive to certify the measure as urgent.

The CBCP fears that after the meeting, Congress might push for the voting of the RH bill either Monday or anytime this week.

And in a bid to counter, the renewed push for the controversial measure, the bishops are calling on the faithful to pray against its passage.

“Let us pray and fast on Monday and the following days so that our congressmen and congresswomen will not pass the bill,” said the CBCP in a letter issued late Sunday night.

To note, the Catholic Church has been the staunchest opponent of the RH bill believing it to be an anti-life measure since it promotes artificial contraceptives for family planning. (HDT/Sunnex)

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