CBCP wants realignment of
MANILA -- An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the
Philippines-Public Affairs Committee (CBCP-PAC) said that the funds intended
for buying pills and condoms should be aligned in helping poor Filipinos to
have access to hospitals and other benefits.
CBCP-PAC executive secretary Fr. Jerome Secillano was reacting on the
impending implementation of Reproductive Health (RH) Law after the Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) found that the 51 contraceptive products covered
by the temporary restraining order (TRO) of the Supreme Court are not
abortifacient or cannot cause abortion.
“Is it really sound to pour in billions for the procurement of pills and
condoms while many Filipinos don’t even have access to real medicines when
they get sick?” he asked.
“Can these “non-abortifacients” be an alternative for food and shelter which
the Filipinos truly need?” the Catholic priest added.
With this, the CBCP-PAC official noted that they will monitor the
implementation of RH Law if it will help stop poverty in the country.
“Let’s see whether RH Law once implemented will indeed curb poverty in our
country,” Secillano said.
Over PHP300 million has been allocated by the House of Representatives in
its version of the 2018 General Appropriations Act for the implementation of
the controversial law.
The Catholic Church has repeatedly rejected RH law, saying that it is not
pro-people and not pro-God. (Ferdinand G. Patinio/PNA)