With staunch administration allies Senate President Franklin Drilon and Speaker Feliciano Belmonte leading the 16th Congress, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) sees DEATH looming in the horizon.
DEATH stands for divorce, euthanasia, abortion, total reproductive health and homosexuality, issues that the Church vehemently oppose.
CBCP Secretary General Msgr. Joselito Asis said there is a big chance that legislation supporting DEATH will get prioritized under the present administration.
“Hopefully, the bills they will push for are not anti-life bills because if there will be any, it will surely be hastened,” Asis said.
“We can only hope that they (lawmakers) will not be pushing for the anti-life bills,” he said.
Asis is banking on the support pro-life legislators to fight DEATH bills.
“Our task is to remind them of their promises and then air them in Congress, which is the rightful forum,” he said.
The Church-backed White Vote Movement supported several senatorial candidates in the May elections because of their pro-life and pro-family commitment. Among them are Senators JV Ejercito Estrada, Koko Pimentel, Antonio Trillanes 4th, Gregorio Honasan, Nancy Binay and Cynthia Villar, who eventually won.
JOHANNA M. SAMPAN