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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
SINCE the spread of the virus contaminating the political world of the country, I vowed to myself that I become apolitical in my articles. In short, I wanted to be “manhid” of what is happening in the comical world of politics. However, as issues are intertwining with each other, I cannot keep my silence but join in the comical world of politics. Expect that by the coming weeks, I will dwell on the topic of politics.
Last Saturday, a mammoth rally was organized by the Diocese of Bacolod where around six thousand young and not-so-young parishioners attended. It was an overwhelming site to see young people protesting against a law that will really affect them. The walk should have started from different points; however, a heavy downpour sent delegates scattered. But as the weather started to become better, the group again congregated.
I joined the group from UNO-Recoletos. We were told to just bring the group to the plaza for the walk had already started. The delegation went ahead to the plaza and, upon arrival, I only saw a handful of people but when the groups started arriving, the whole plaza de Bacolod was filled with people protesting against the implementation of the RA 10354. It was a site to behold as young people of the Diocesan Commission on Youth led the rally.
Atty. Lyndon Caña informed the group that it is 3-0 as far as Supreme Court is concerned. The SC had given out 3 orders in favor of the protest against RA10345. The TROs are not yet for good; however, at least we tried to delay the implementation and have the framers study it well.
Pro-life advocates are accused of many things. Bishop Navarra is often misquoted and misinterpreted because of his stiff and firm stand in the protection of human life. The Grand Rally was a voice that the local Church is alive and vigilant over those legislators who are trying to destroy the sanctity of life disguising as proponents of laws that will protect the lives of mothers and women.
I laud Senator Honasan for telling bluntly the people that he will fight the RH La w and will move for the repeal of the law. Other politicians did the same. I only pray that they be true to their promises. Anyway, the Diocese will always be here to remind them of what they told the young people last April 27, 2013 at the Bacolod Plaza.
We pray that the “Team Patay” people will change their hearts and understand the plea of the church people. We are not condemning them but we are simply reminding them of their role for the protection of life. They have the obligation to protect life by repealing laws that are anti-life and promote the culture of the absolute freedom of choice. I wish that they with the President of the Republic will value life more over money.
Congratulations to Bishop Navarra and the organizers of the Grand Rally. You have sent a good message to the whole world that the Diocese of Bacolod is not joking in its bid to counter a law that would destroy the dignity of human life. Long live the Diocese of Bacolod!
St. Ezekiel Moreno, St. Lorenzo Ruiz, San Pedro Calungsod, Blessed John Paul II and Sir Faraon Lopez, pray for us.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on April 30, 2013.