CBCP warns of ‘Catholic vote’ vs RH bill advocates

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Posted at Nov 25 2012 01:44 PM | Updated as of Nov 26 2012 03:15 AM

RH bill advocates endorsing ‘ethnic cleansing’ – bishop

MANILA, Philippines -- An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is urging the faithful to use the “Catholic vote” in choosing their rightful leaders this coming 2013 polls.

In an interview with Radio Veritas, CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Family and Life Vice Chairman and Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles said it is high time that Filipinos use their religious beliefs in rejecting candidates who are not following the Church’s teachings.

He said elective officials have long been snubbing the so-called “Catholic vote,” which he believes is still a force to be reckoned with.

“Kaya kapag mayroong kandidato na hindi sumusunod sa utos ng Diyos, dapat tanggihan yung mga 'yun. At kailangan na magkaroon ngayon ng Catholic vote. Dapat ipakita natin ang pagiging tunay na Katoliko. Marami diyan ay mga pekeng Katoliko, yun ang naghahari sa atin,” Arguelles said.

He said the “ethnic cleansing” being promoted by some officials can be countered via a Catholic vote.

“Ethnic cleansing itong ginagawa nila kung bakit isinusulong ang [reproductive health] bill sa bansa. Gusto nilang ubusin tayo. Kaya ang mga Katoliko ay bumoto ayon sa utos ng Diyos,” he said.

Both the House of Representatives and the Senate are in their respective periods of amendment for the controversial RH bill. The CBCP earlier said it will endorse candidates who are pro-life.

In a separate interview with dzRB, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said: “We are in no position to comment on the matter. Hindi nakikialam ang estado sa mga ganyan.”