‘Catholic vote led to Hontiveros’ loss’
MANILA - An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said the Catholic Church is readying anew its battle against the so-called “death bills”.
CBCP Episcopal Commission on Family and Life chairman and Antipolo Bishop Gabriel Reyes told Radio Veritas there is a need to intensify the campaign against the supposedly anti-family bills that are expected to be re-filed in Congress such as the divorce, same-sex marriage, euthanasia, abortion, and total reproductive health bills.
He hopes the pro-life senators who made it in the May polls will prevent the passage of the bills.
He believes the Catholic vote added to the victories of the pro-life senators, same as it helped in undermining the campaign of losing candidates such as former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros.
“I think so, with due respect to Risa Hontiveros, siguro kung walang Catholic who really do not want to vote for her...baka manalo pa yun, nakabawas talaga sa boto nya,” he said.
On the other hand, there are pro-Reproductive Health (RH) Law senatorial candidates who made it to the magic 12, he admitted. He blames this on the lack of voter education.
Still, he hopes the RH Law will be repealed.
“Looking at the human weakness, I think the main solution is education and economic progress. If we have economic progress, people will be economically independent, automatically they will not sell their votes…People will vote according to their conscience, [then] they will choose competent and honest leaders,” he said.