MANILA, Oct. 6, 2008—A Catholic bishop has said that lawmakers must either listen to the voice of their constituents or quit their posts.
Mati Bishop Patricio Alo said the choice applies to the lawmakers who are backing for the passage of the Reproductive Health bill in Congress.
Alo, in an interview over Church-run Radyo Veritas, said public officials should represent the people and adhering to their moral demands is but necessary.
“If they do not represent the people, they should not pretend to be the representatives of the people. It should be the voice of the people that they should side with,” he said.
“If they don’t carry the voice of the people, they’re not the government of the people,” said Alo who also chairs the Episcopal Commission on Heath Care of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.
The Church strongly opposes the passage of the RH bill which aims to promote the artificial family planning. The Church is only for the promotion of thenatural family planning method.
Alo said by supporting the bill, the lawmakers are actually favoring “murder”.
“They might be favoring murder because abortion is murder therefore a law which is immoral is not a law,” he said. (CBCPNews)