RH supporters slam Church and bishops for SUV controversy, push for RH Bill on World Population Day
(SPOT.ph) Over a thousand Reproductive Health Bill supporters flocked to the Ninoy Aquino Stadium in Pasay City yesterday, July 11, for World Population Day, reports Newsbreak. Activists from various advocacy groups donned purple shirts, a color now representative of the Purple Ribbon movement, the umbrella group for RH supporters.
Pepe Bagawan from the group Filipino Freethinkers came dressed as a bishop with an cardboard SUV hanging on his shoulders-a reference to the recent issue involving some bishops accepting funds and SUVs for political patronage. "It's not that we want to attack their personality just so the RH bill would be passed. We're just calling them out for something that they really did... The RH Bill is one issue, this is another issue, and in both cases we find that they're in the wrong," he said.
During the event, the Purple Ribbon movement also launched its theme song, "Lila," sung by Noel Cabangon and Aia de Leon. RH advocates stressed the need for a law to ensure a better life for 94 million Filipinos. They also said the bill would push the Philippines to meet the UN Millennium Development Goal of ending maternal deaths.
According to Newsbreak, House plenary debates on the RH Bill will continue when the 15th Congress resumes session in the last week of July. The Senate will also begin its own debates for the measure.
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"Lila" being sung at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.