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Catholic bishops and opponents of the Reproductive Health bill reportedly formed a text brigade to pressure lawmakers at the House of Representatives to block passage of the RH bill.
Macon Ramos-Araneta of Manila Standard Today reports voting on the RH bill was delayed again on Tuesday "with the prelates mounting a text campaign that warned lawmakers that voting for the measure was tantamount to committing a mortal sin."
According to the MST report, the text message read: "Dear Sir, Greetings of Peace and Goodwill! With utmost hope I send you this message praying that you will protect us from the RH bill and vote against it. Clearly the bill promotes promiscuity enabling access to just about anyone open to extra-marital affairs. This alone is a grave threat to our nation as virtuous Filipinos and an attack against the institution of marriage not to mention its attack against life. Please protect the dignity of the Filipinos and please keep the unborn safe from any possible threat. I pray that you do your best to junk the RH bill. Maraming salamat po!"
The report also quotes House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. saying vote of pro-RH bill lawmakers have held on proposed amendments to the bill have held while those on the anti-RH side have dwindled. He said, however, that the pro-RH side is only leading by a "very slim margin."
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