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SC RH decision: first skirmish in long legal war

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All purple-clad advocates defeated in the Supreme Court decision upholding the Reproductive Health Law are the most outrageous, most inane and most ideology-driven anti-RH arguments that have no place in rational debate, much less in our highest court of law.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Heart of the matter

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It’s one of those fortitude-challenging predicaments in this country that you don’t just have to win once, you have to win them again and again. Reproductive Health (RH) is one of them.

Posted: April 1st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Life and death

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Socrates Villegas is the new head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines. He marked the event by saying the Church would continue to pursue its role of critical collaboration with government.

Posted: July 10th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Conscience vote

In a pastoral letter read Sunday in the churches of the archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, Archbishop Socrates Villegas made a forceful argument for a conscience vote in the May 13 elections. Unlike his pastoral letter last December equating contraception with corruption, Sunday’s epistle used premises and reached conclusions which we could agree with almost entirely. There was only one, but significant, exception.

Posted: April 15th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Contraception is not corruption

To mobilize the opposition to the controversial reproductive health (RH) bill on the eve of two more crucial votes in Congress, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) issued a strongly worded pastoral letter on Saturday. Sadly, the statement—written by Archbishop Socrates Villegas, and read in churches on Sunday—was based on a lie.

Posted: December 16th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Obfuscation is corruption

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“You heard,” says Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, “when candidate, now President Noynoy Aquino, said during his campaign, ‘Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap.’ Contraception is corruption. The use of government money, taxpayers’ money to give out contraceptive pills is corruption. Contraceptive pills teach us it is all right to have sex with someone provided you are safe from babies. Babies are a nuisance….”

Posted: August 6th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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