MANILA, August 2, 2012—Young people from different dioceses, organizations, movements and all walks of life are now gearing up for the Power Prayer Rally on Saturday at the EDSA Shrine against the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) bill days before the expected August 7 ‘judgment day’ at the House of Representatives.
An estimated 2,500 young people from youth networks of the Episcopal Youth Commission (ECY) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) will join faith-based groups, family and life advocates and concerned citizens on August 4 to rally against the contentious measure.
Mary Whilssy Candelaria, a youth leader from Malolos diocese said she will join the prayer rally because she is supporting the advocacy of the Church to stand up for life.
Candelaria mentioned three points why she is against the measure. The bill will degrade the morality of women, the importance of family and the importance of life itself, she said.
She reiterated that the Church protects life thus supporting the advocacy of the Church to stand for it.
For Maria Lea Dasigan of the Salesian Youth Movement, attending the prayer rally is very important for the young because it is also their battle to protect the future.
“People who are promoting the measure cannot see the essence of life and the people. We people are the greatest assets that help in developing the economy of the country. If we will reduce life or the people, we will all suffer the consequence,” Dasigan said.
She added that if the bill will become a law, people will lose human resources that are essential for the development of the country.
She also pointed out the Filipino values will be lost since the bill supports an easy access to contraceptives which in turn is not really what the people need.
“What we need is to better acknowledge the ability of our own people to be disciplined and to support his/her own family well in a natural way,” Dasigan further said.
Other diocesan commissions on youth and family and life will also organize simultaneous prayer rallies in their own dioceses. (Jandel Posion)
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