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Youth, locked and loaded for anti-RH rally
Young people from different dioceses, organizations and schools are locked and loaded for the upcoming Power Prayer Rally against the RH Bill on Saturday, August 4, at the EDSA Shrine.
An estimated 2,500 young people from the Episcopal Youth Commission (ECY) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) network are to join faith-based groups, family and life advocates and concerned citizens in the mass mobilization as a show of protest against the bill, which awaits a key vote regarding the period of interpellations in the House of Representatives this August 7.
Mary Whilssy Candelaria, a youth leader from the Malolos diocese said she is supporting the pro-life advocacy of the Church and will be joining the said prayer rally.
Candelaria pointed out three points about why she is against the RH BIll.
“It will degrade the morality of women; second, it is [against] the importance of family and lastly, [it is against] the importance of life itself,” Candelaria explained.
For Maria Lea Dasigan of the Salesian Youth Movement, attending the prayer rally is very important for the young because it represents a battle to protect the future.
“People who are promoting the measure cannot see the essence of life and people. We, people, are the greatest asset that helps in developing the economy of the country,” Dasigan said.
Other than human resources, she emphasized that Filipino values will be lost because the bill supports easy access to contraceptives, which in turn, are not what people really need.
“What we need is to better acknowledge the ability of our own people to be subject to discipline and to be subjected to his/her ability to support his/her own family well in a natural way,” Dasigan further said.
As of the moment, Youth Commission’s National Secretariat for Youth Apostolate (NSYA) is waiting for commitments from more diocesan youth commission and organizations.
Other diocesan commissions on youth and family and life will also be organizing simultaneous prayer rallies in their own dioceses. [Jandel Posion]