Archbishop Palma urges couples to raise more children despite RH Law

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Monday, January 21, 2013

WITH the celebration of the feast of the Sto. Niño yesterday, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma encouraged couples who want to have more children to do so, even with the recent passage of the Reproductive Health (RH) Law.

In his homily in the Pontifical Mass for the feast of the Sto. Niño yesterday, Palma reminded churchgoers that children, like Cebu’s patron, are considered as objects of love that create joy wherever they are.

In reference to the RH Law, Palma said that even if President Benigno Aquino III passed the law, couples should not be afraid if they want more children.


“Bisan pa ug giaprobahan ang RH Bill, kadtung gusting manganak dili lamang usa, dili lamang duha pero tulo o upat, musalig lang kita kay Lord (Even with the passage of the RH Law, those who want to have children, not just one, not two but three or four, should put their trust in the Lord),” he added.

Palma said he is sure that many couples have more than one child and live happy lives together.

He said he was glad that the Philippines remains to be family oriented, even though some countries are promoting a one-child policy.


Palma also thanked Cebu congressmen who opposed the passage of the RH Law, despite being overwhelmed by pro-RH legislators during the votation.

He thanked Cebu Reps. Pablo Garcia (Cebu, 2nd district), his son Pablo John (Cebu, 3rd district), Rachel del Mar (Cebu City, north), Eduardo Gullas (Cebu, 1st district), Pastor Alcover Jr. (Anad party-list), Benhur Salimbangon (Cebu, 4th district), and Luigi Quisumbing (Cebu, 6th district).

“We cannot recount the people who had defended our faith and it is sufficient to thank them even though they were defeated when it comes to numbers,” Palma said.

He also added that he and other bishops around the country will not make a list of candidates who should not be supported for approving the passage of the RH Law.

Palma also talked about his fears of possible scenarios that might put the midterm elections this coming May in a bad light.

He revealed that there is a possibility that the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines could be manipulated by those who will be operating them, resulting to the possibility of a “dagdag-bawas,” or vote padding, situation.

Palma hopes that the people in charge of operating the PCOS machines will ensure that the sanctity of the ballot will remain pure.

“Unta ang mga tawo nga mag-operate niining mga machine ang ilang tuyo atong kaayuhan,” he said.

He added that “dagdag-bawas” without the machines is a slow process, but with the machines, it is fast.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 21, 2013.

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