'Civil disobedience' if PNoy signs RH bill, Cruz says

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Posted at Dec 17 2012 06:46 PM | Updated as of Dec 18 2012 07:06 PM

Anti-RH advocates to go to SC if bill is passed

MANILA, Philippines – Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Emeritus Oscar V. Cruz said he received information that “civil disobedience” will be pushed if the reproductive health (RH) bill is passed.

In an interview with Radio Veritas, Cruz said: “Maraming mga Catholic organizations at associations, mga Catholic medical society and legal society etc ang nagsabi sa atin at nagparamdam sa atin na igigiit talaga nila ang civil disobedience oras na maisabatas ang RH bill. Sinasabi nila na hindi talaga nila malulunok ang RH bill oras na maging batas.”

He lamented that instead of uniting the people, President Aquino is further dividing the Philippines.

He said these “civil disobedience” threats may happen soon. “Sabi ko nga, itong Pangulong ito ay pilit tayong hinahati imbes na tayo ay pag-isahin, palakasin ay hinahati tayo. Nangangamba ako na baka pagmulan ito ng kaguluhan sa bansa.”

Meanwhile, the anti-RH advocates may still have a chance via the Supreme Court.

Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani said they can always go to the high court if the bill is passed. He said the constitutionality of the RH bill will be questioned since it goes against the “right to life”.

Cruz is not that optimistic, however, noting that the SC is already headed by an ally of Aquino, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

As of posting, the Senate, has passed its version of the RH bill on 2nd reading. The House of Representatives, meanwhile, was still voting on the RH bill on third reading.

Aquino certified the bill as urgent on Thursday.