Bishop Arturo M. Bastes, SVD, DD of Sorsogon
MANILA, Jan. 23, 2013— Catholic bishops in the Bicol region will issue a manifesto calling for the rejection of the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) law.
Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes said it would be a “special statement” denouncing the RH law, which was secretly signed by President Benigno Aquino III last December.
“We are all against the RH law. It is immoral. We Bicol bishops have a special statement against that. RH law is a sham, a mockery,” Bastes told Manila archdiocese-run Radio Veritas.
Last week, Catholic lay organizations in the Diocese of Bacolod launched an anti-RH bill manifesto being circulated throughout the province for signatures.
They also vowed to campaign against Negros representatives who voted for the passage of the measure.
Bastes said his diocese is now preparing for the launching of the “red ribbon” campaign, the rallying symbol in the battle against the RH law.
Aside from that, the diocese is also set to release guidelines for voters, stressing its position on family and life issues.
The church official said family and life would be one of the main issues to be considered in crafting the guidelines. (CBCPNews)