Posts Tagged ‘Corruption’

CBCP: Arroyo Welcome to Join Anti-RH Rally

By Jocelyn R. Uy
Philippine Daily Inquirer
9:50 pm | Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. CONTRIBUTED FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — They may have clashed on some issues before but the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is opening its doors to former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at a Mass prayer rally it will lead against the reproductive health bill on Saturday.

Fr. Melvin Castro, executive secretary of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Family and Life said Arroyo, expected to cast her vote against the reproductive health bill in Congress, could join the Church hierarchy in rallying against the bill if she decided to show up.

“All anti-RH people are welcome to join us on Saturday,” Castro told reporters in a phone interview on Wednesday. “Regardless of the political party or affiliation, every single vote versus the RH bill is welcome for us,” he stressed.
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Arroyo Used Pills, But is Against Birth Control

12-13 MARCH 2003


Our latest report dissects the lack of coherence in the government’s population policy that experts say is at the root of the Philippines’ population woes. The series starts off with how President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo herself admitted that she used contraceptives when she was a young mother. She made the confession at a luncheon with pro-family planning legislators in Malacañang two weeks ago.

As this series says, that admission is indicative of the ambiguous and inconsistent stance on population taken by a succession of presidents. As an economist, President Arroyo is only too well aware that an exploding population puts undue stress on a weak economy, but as a Catholic whose rise to power was due in part to Church support, she is torn.

Such a conflicted approach has had dire consequences on poor women, like 14-year old Claudia, soon to be the mother of two. Claudia’s case, which is taken up in the series shows how the lack of access to contraceptives and lack of knowledge about birth control have limited women’s choices and confined them to serial child-bearing

In the end, the series explains, the result of an incoherent population policy is a large and permanent underclass. As the Population Commission warned, “Larger families among the poor make it more difficult for them to break out of poverty.”

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