Former Manila mayor Lito Atienza writes open letter to Ateneo teachers who signed pro-RH Bill statement, says RH Bill promotes "distorted notion&

InterAksyon.com reports that former Manila Mayor and DENR Secretary Lito Atienza sent them a letter in response to Ateneo de Manila University faculty members who mentioned him in their position paper on the RH Bill, as posted on InterAksyon.com last August 13.

InterAksyon.com reports that former Manila Mayor and DENR Secretary Lito Atienza sent them a letter in response to Ateneo de Manila University faculty members who mentioned him in their position paper on the RH Bill, as posted on InterAksyon.com last August 13.

 

In the open letter addressed to the Ateneo de Manila University teachers, Atienza raised the following points:

 

1. "In their position paper expressing support for the RH Bill, certain faculty members of the Ateneo de Manila University, my alma mater, singled me out in their justification for enacting a bill that provides mandatory budgetary allocations, among others, for reproductive health and birth control. This, despite the yearly appropriations for such purpose, in the billions (P2.5 billion for next year), in the Department of Health and other pertinent provisions of the Magna Carta for Women and Children."

2. "Specifically, the Ateneo faculty members took issue with my official actions as mayor of Manila, a position I held for three terms, during which the long-neglected capital city enjoyed unparalleled economic growth and fiscal health, alongside human development."

 

3. "I dispute your claim that my Executive Order in 2000 violated people's rights and may have "deprived thousands of poor women for whom natural family planning was not feasible". Contrary to these obviously misinformed and biased views, that policy direction was in pursuit of the constitutional mandate for everyone to respect human life from conception to its natural end."

 

4. "You believe that our policy of not allowing the distribution of contraceptive pills, condoms, IUDs and ligation of mothers in city-run public hospitals was contrary to law. I was positive in my and my lawyers' definition of the Constitution, proof of which is the fact that no one dared to question us in court or questioned my decision. Instead of using population as an alibi for failure, we strove to give Manilans a better life."

 

5. "We took the positive route by providing opportunities for our impoverished sector by giving them decent livelihood, employment and other means of income generation. Even the lowliest sidewalk vendors were given a share of these opportunities by accepting their role as productive individuals and not as mere pests that are swatted away every now and then, and occasionally milked of their hard-earned money by crooked city hall or police officials or criminal syndicates. We legalized their business enterprises by providing them with confidence and the full realization of their value as Filipinos, contributing to efforts to lifting Manila from the cesspool of poverty."

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6. "When I look back, I still believe we had the correct approach to governing, i.e.,. that people are part of progress, and having more of the should not be automatically seen as obstacles to such progress."

 

7. "Population control damages people’s thinking by permanently accepting the distorted notion that pregnancy is a problem to be avoided. Materialism has overtaken values in today's world. The young are taught that they can engage in sex as long as they do not get pregnant. This is exactly the unwritten message, the signal if you will, of the RH Bill you are supporting."

 

To read the fiull version of Atienza’s letter, log on to InterAksyon.com.

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