MANILA, Philippines - Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles has asked the President to be like his mother, the late President Cory Aquino, and reconsider his pro-Reproductive Health (RH) stance.
"Itong ating pro-life stance, gawa ng nanay niya. Sana sundin naman niya what his mother has started," Arguelles said. "Sana magsama-sama tayo na ipagtanggol ang buhay."
A week before President Aquino's State of the Nation Address (SONA), the Pro-Life Coalition, composed of 40 religious and socio-civic groups, on Friday declared their support for all pro-poor programs of the present administration except for any moves that lead to the enactment of the Reproductive Health Bill.
The pro-lifers particularly expressed disappointment over the senseless spending of billions of pesos on contraceptives in the guise of responsible parenthood and safe sex, and the inclusion of sex education in the curriculum for children and minors.
Biblemode's Bishop Reuben Abante pleaded to President Aquino to listen to the pro-lifers this time. "Andito kami, mula sa iba't ibang faith. Once and for all, we want to tell our President we give our unwavering support to all your pro-poor projects pero hindi dito sa RH bill."
Some Muslim leaders also joined the call for President Benigno Aquino III to reconsider his pro-RH stance.
"We support the pro-life stance. This has been a lonely battle of the Roman Catholics. Dito ipinapakita na pati Muslim community kasama kami sa laban. Kontra kami sa paggamit ng contraceptives," said Nash Pangadapun, secretary-general of Bangsamoro Civil Society Alliance.
Eleem Said Akmad Basher, chairman of the Imam Council of the Philippines, said the RH Bill goes against the teachings of the Koran.
"Sabi sa Koran, don't kill your children by fear of poverty. Huwag matakot because Allah will sustain you. Sabi nga ni Muhammad, mag-asawa ka ng dalawa, tatlo, apat dahil gusto nya maraming Muslim," said Basher.