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Leave RH bill alone, bishop asks US


A former president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Sunday hoped the US government would allow the Philippines to deal with the controversial reproductive health (RH) bill on its own.

Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo was quoted by CBCPNews, the Church’s official news service, as saying that if the information from a leaked confidential US Embassy cable were true, “I hope they just let the Philippines discuss it.”

Lagdameo was reacting to a US Embassy cable dated 2008 and released by WikiLeaks in which then US Ambassador to Manila Kristie Kenney was quoted as saying that the US government continued to be “the largest donor in the Philippine population sector.”

In the leaked communication, Kenney, now assigned to Thailand, was also said to have welcomed the then draft reproductive health measure.

“Landmark appropriations and draft legislation reflect increasing commitment within the Philippine government to further expand and sustain programs started 40 years ago with US government’s assistance through USAID,” Kenney said.

CBCPNews on Sunday reported that Lagdameo, who was CBCP president from 2005 to 2009, expressed hope that the divisive population program would be dealt with by Filipinos without external meddling.

“I hope they just let the Philippines discuss it. I also heard that the element that pushes the RH bill is money. Whether it is true or not, it doesn’t look good,” CBCPNews quoted the archbishop as saying.

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  • Anonymous

    Vince B doesn’t even know the difference between fact and theory.  Pathetic.  Probably from Ateneo, Phyiscs. The flaws are all apparent – all theory than practical engineering.

  • Anonymous

    Vince B thinks gravity is just a theory.  LOL, jump off the building and let’s see you change your mind.

  • Anonymous

    Vince B is an I D I O T.  Come back, don’t leave me here by myself.

  • Anonymous

    Vince B, see you at icamefromamonkey dot com

  • Vince B

    aww he misses me.
    still sad, still trying hard. you get an B for effort. it just lacks that intelligence to make a successful troll. here’s a tip don’t reveal yourself too soon next time it kills the punchline.

    just goes to show why we need Eugenics, some people are never allowed to breed :)but i have to leave you. real life beckons: beautiful women, people to mock, beliefs to crush, BullSHlT to throw and HeII to raise… so little time.

    and yes to RH!

  • Anonymous

    LOL  and he believed all that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Zahl/1670371040 Steven Zahl

    82% of Pinoys want RH Bill to pass!!!

    ITALY, where the catholic church started, had their RH Bill approved in 1970. 

    Spain, France and Ireland all have their Universal RH approved decades ago.

    Wag tayo TRYING HARD catholics.  Daming GUTOM sa Pinas.

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