Pro-Life Philippines president tells RH Bill advocates: "Get out, Satan!"
Eric Manalang tells RH Bill advocates, "Satan, get away from us!"
During a heated discussion on November 20 at Manila Cathedral, Pro-Life Philippines President Eric Manalang told Reproductive Health (RH) Bill advocates, "Satan, get away from us! Walk out! Now! While you’re still alive, change! Bastos! Damaso is just a fake; you are fakes! Satan, get out!"
The two groups came head to head the past weekend during a gathering of Pro-Life Philippines, which the RH Bill advocates were banned from joining. Part of it was caught on video, which shows Manalang saying, "We have all the right to be mad. You are insulting our mother church. If your mother was insulted, you’d get mad, right?" FilipinoFreethinkers.org quoted Manalang and his companions as saying, "You should tell your mother that she should have aborted you!"
24 Oras report
Manalang told 24 Oras, "Na-realize ko mukhang nasalinan nga ’tong mga batang ’to ng demonyo. As a practicing Catholic, alam ko na puwedeng saniban. So I cast out Satan. Sabi ko, ’Satan, get out!’ to each one." (I realized that these people may have been possessed by demons. As a practicing Catholic, I know it is possible. So I cast out Satan. I told each of them, ’Satan, get out!’")
He said they would have allowed the RH Bill advocates inside Manila Cathedral had they removed the Damaso shirts they were wearing. However, he said, they refused to do so. He claimed they were rude to him when he asked them to leave. Lawyer Romulo Macalintal, a Pro-Life advocate, insisted that the RH Bill advocates disturbed their gathering, reported 24 Oras. If the anti-RH Bill were being called "Damaso," he asked, why couldn’t they call the RH Bill advocates "Satan?"
Inside Manila Cathedral, Dra. Angie Aguirre, one of the speakers, allegedly asked the churchgoers if they have read the RH Bill. "Less than 10 percent raised their hands," according to FilipinoFreethinkers.org. Also posted on the website are supposed copies of the pro-life activists’ "leaflets attacking the RH Bill," which claim condoms cause "cancer, heart attacks, stroke, and disabilities to the user and their offspring," and that "there was universal evidence that condom use increased the spread of AIDS."