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An Open Letter to Risa Hontiveros (via With Open Hands)

What can I say? Aisa’s letter must be a great contribution to the collection of clearly explained arguments of people who love and respect life, and it boldly sets straight the negatively feministic claims of Hontiveros. It is clear that the advocates of RH Bill are the ones who cannot directly answer our questions, especially about the moral and social consequences of their proposal. Aisa, on the other hand, addresses as a woman the representative’s points, and sheds light to her errors and false claims.

I found Hontiveros’s style of arguing to be emotionally manipulative. It attempts to appeal to the feelings of the audience (which is not bad in itself) in a deceitful way, bombarding the mind of the listeners about the “risks of pregnancy”, the social status of women as wives and mothers, the so-called reproductive rights, and so on and so forth — all of these not to give plain facts but to stir emotions that will lead to ignorant conformism, instead of objectivity.

The Pastoral Letter can be found here. Risa Hontiveros' letter can be found here. Madame, You begin with a reference to the numerous points in the  Bishops' letter and the claim, "Most of them are old points that have been raised and clarified repeatedly in so many debates and too few dialogues in the past decade, though it drives me almost to tears that it seems the good Bishops have not been listening intently or understanding with empathy." Ma … Read More

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Why The Change of Name?

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No one from the CBCP read the entire bill?

No one from the CBCP read the entire bill? Where did the report come from? This is a “very” irresponsible comment if coming from somebody who is using the power of the internet to inform (or rather misinform) the whole world.

Pro-RH always misrepresent the Church and the issue by saying that so and so are strong in their stand for “responsible parenthood” but the Church opposed the Reproductive Health Bill. For 2000 years, the Church is consistent with its teaching on responsible parenthood.

With regard to physical, economic, psychological and social conditions, responsible parenthood is exercised by those who prudently and generously decide to have more children, and by those who, for serious reasons and with due respect to moral precepts, decide not to have additional children for either a certain or an indefinite period of time. — Humanae Vitae

“Reproductive health”, as defined by the UN and the US, is not about responsible parenthood but about population control through contraception and abortion (although the latter is unpopular in the Philippines hence it is illegal — at the time being). Some pro-RH claim that the Constitution would not allow the legalization of abortion in the country but in reality, that “was” also the case with the United States. Through political, medical, and social manipulation, the impossible was done.

Priests argue that it is the command of God to go and multiply. Theologically, this command only applies to the old testament. (From the video)

Theologically? Whose theology? The owner of the video was accusing the Catholic priests of being biblically illiterate but where in the Bible did it say that God’s words in the said passage was obsolete and that it only applies to the old testament? This is another irresponsible and ignorant claim. On the contrary, Jesus said, “Do not think that I have come to remove the Law and the Prophets. I have not come to remove but to fulfill them.” Besides, propagation of species is subject to the natural law — a law which could not be changed, and a law which no one is wiser.

If to them this is a moral issue, priests are blinded. (From the video)

The author claims to be biblically correct and yet, he was saying that marriage, sex, education, and freedom has nothing to do with morality. The Bible talks about these things big deal because God requires man to treat them in a right (that is moral) way.

Priests say using all contraceptives is sin believing that it kills unborn children. While this is true to some pills, condoms and natural family planning don’t kill children. (From the video)

Again, this is ignorant, irresponsible, and misleading. First, it is not the use of contraceptives itself that is a sin but the contraception. If for example, a woman is not sexually active and needed to take hormonal pills for a period of time to take advantage of its good side effect, it would not be a sin because there is no intention nor a chance to avoid conception. Second, contraception is a sin not because it kills unborn children but simply because it disrespects the natural law. The abortifacient effect of the oral contraceptive pills and IUDs is another reason. Third, natural family planning should not be listed as contraceptive because it is not, and because doing so will further confuse the issue.

Population is linked with poverty. (From the video)

Consider this: if we, as a nation and as individuals, would help to eradicate ignorance, disease, apathy, dishonesty, and dependency, don’t you think we would be wealthy? Some will say, “We cannot educate the underprivileged children because the government does not have enough money.” There you go…a very typical reasoning! And what does it show? Yes, dependency. Everything is dependent on how much money can the government allocate to help the people. Were the millionaires today, who were once “rats”, got out of their poverty because of the government’s help? Absolutely not. They are the kind of people who take charge of their lives no matter what circumstances they are in. On the other hand, dependent people are not and could not make millions for themselves simply because they are dependent.

Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country. – John F. Kennedy

The same is the case with health — “The government can’t afford it.” Some Filipinos are unhealthy not because they are poor; but some Filipinos are poor because they are unhealthy. Watch the Safeguard ads and you will have a clue. Even “balot” vendors can be millionaires but they should be healthy first. Unfortunately, we blame our unhealthy lifestyle on poverty. In reality, though, as long as you can eat and sleep, you can be healthy. But the case is, we prefer delicious over nutritious foods. There are those you can consider poor but can drink colas, can smoke cigarettes, can drink liquors, and can eat “tasty” junks. Moreover, they are not taking care of their body because of the mentality that “too much cleanliness is bad” and that “hindi ka mamamatay sa dumi.” This one is also part of ignorance and laziness.

Now, apathy. We always hear, “Ganun talaga e,” “Bahala sila,” “Wala na tayong pag-asa,” “Mauubos na ang resources.” These are statements of selfishness and of wrong kind of contentment at the same time. “Basta makakain lang ng tatlong beses sa isang araw,” is a favorite expression of Filipinos, but this should not be the case. We should decide to really get out of poverty, and only then can we begin the journey. To decide is not to wish but to have a clear goal, a strong faith, and the readiness to act promptly. If you cannot make that decision to get out of the rat race, then you should not make a family in the first place — that means, don’t get married and don’t engage in any sexual activity. Besides, to be wealthy is everyone’s vocation and it is everyone’s duty also to help others.

You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want. – Zig Ziglar

Often just the process of thinking of what I want, and how could I give what I want to someone else, breaks free a torrent of bounty. – Robert Kiyosaki

A man reaps what he sows. – St. Paul

Dishonesty, which also means corruption, is one of the greatest problem in the country. From childhood until before death, many people are living a dishonest life wherever they go. In the government alone, billions of tax pesos that could give livelihood to millions of citizens are being plundered and squandered by some government officials and their relatives. Meaning, if we can eradicate dishonesty, we will be wealthy. On the contrary, proposals like the RH Bill will just invite more corruptions. The Bill itself is a big lie.

Finally, dependency. It’s already a culture. Filipino children were not taught to take charge of their lives. Students still have “baon” even if the parents are already “baon” in debts. They can even buy cigarettes or whatever using the parents’ money. Those who are still in their parental house can remain “tambay” as long as the parents can support them. Married children can still live with their parents and be supported by them. We cannot fully take charge of our lives because we are accustomed to being dependent, and some of us even believe that they are still their parents’ responsibility and that the government should be the one to take in charge of their life to get them out of poverty. What’s ironic is they become poorer as they become more dependent, and so getting out becomes impossible.

God designed sex to be pleasurable — free from worrying about unplanned pregnancies. (From the video)

For God, there is no such thing as “unplanned pregnancy”. When the farmer sowed the seeds, he just let it follow the law of nature. If for some reason it did not grow, then so be it; but there is no such thing as unplanned/unintended growth. You sow to reap. However, with humans, we know that it is not always the case because there is a period of fertility and a period of infertility, and that is a natural design. Commonsensically, to manipulate this design just to indulge the flesh violates nature and insults the wisdom of God. Sex is designed to be pleasurable but not to be an object of pleasure-seeking. Pleasure is an incentive and not the end of sexual activity.

The person who sows for the benefit of his own flesh shall reap corruption and death from the flesh. – St. Paul

Be quite sure that there will be difficult times in the last days. People will become selfish, lovers of money, boastful, conceited, gossips, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy. They will be unable to love and to forgive; they will be slanderers, without self-control, cruel, enemies of good, traitors, shameless, full of pride, more in love with pleasure than with God. – St. Paul

The author of the video said that the priests should know that “Christ came to make peace,” as if peace means compromise.  Jesus said, “Peace be with you; I give you my peace. Not as the world gives peace do I give it to you.” What he is giving is “his peace” and not the peace as defined by this world. It is rather an inward peace that comes from faith and obedience to God’s will. On the contrary, he said, “Do you think that I have come to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.” Obviously, that is what’s happening. There is a great division between the conformists and the non-conformists; between those who seek pleasures and those who find delight in God’s will.

[The five factors of poverty was cited from Phil Bartle, PhD.]

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Summary of the Pastoral Letter Regarding RH Bill

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Divorce Law Proposals

Here is a chronology of divorce law proposals in the Philippines.

1999 – Manuel C. Ortega filed House Bill No. 6993.

2001 – Senator Rodolfo G. Biazon filed Senate Bill No. 782.

2001 – Bellaflor J. Angara-Castillo introduced House Bill No. 878.

2005 – Liza Masa of Gabriela filed a divorce bill.

14th Congress – Gabriela filed again a bill (HB 3461) to introduce divorce in the Philippines.

Source: JLP-Law Blog

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