Gilbert Teodoro abandons Reproductive Health Bill: the Government should support a moral choice

by TJ Burgonio Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 18:25:00 01/27/2010

MANILA, Philippines—Gilbert Teodoro offered no apologies on Wednesday for abandoning the reproductive health bill, and even proposed granting conditional cash transfers to poor couples employing the so-called natural methods of birth control.

The administration standard-bearer found himself defending his and his wife’s decision to withdraw support from the controversial measure before doctors and medical students at a forum at the University of the Philippines in Manila.

At the forum “Make Health Count,” Teodoro explained that the debate over the measure in the House of Representatives had become so “acrimonious” that the stakeholders totally forgot about the problem of population.

“The big debate is whether or not the government can shape a moral choice. And that is the argument of the Church. That the government should not actively advocate for making a moral choice. The debate stopped there,” he said.

Teodoro indicated that he agreed with the Church position, and said that the government should be “neutral” but should support the “moral choice” of every individual with resources.

The Church, for its part, should take it upon itself to shape the “moral choice” by acknowledging the problem of a growing population, he added.

“What should the government do? Instead of being involved in debate, we should support a moral choice,” he said in response to former Health Secretary Alberto Romualdez’s question why he and his wife Tarlac Rep. Nikki Prieto-Teodoro withdrew support from the bill. “I’d rather have resources to support a moral choice rather than fight over a bill.”

Teodoro said there was a need to come to a “mutual and common understanding” on addressing population “whereby the government respects the moral choice and provides resources toward supporting that moral choice.”

If they use the rhythm method, we can have some resources to support that by a conditional cash transfer if they do not have a birth within a year or so for the poorest of the poor,” he said, referring to the government’s program of granting cash to poor families with children enrolled in public schools.

“He has caved in to the Church and and agreed with his President, whose position is the reason why we have a big problem in population,” Romualdez said.

Monk’s Hobbit Notes: Gilbert Teodoro is now positioning himself more on the Pro-Life side in the debate regarding the Reproductive Health Bill.  If he solidifies his position against artificial contraception and campaigns against it and contrasts himself against all the other Presidential candidates who support the Reproductive Health Bill such as Noynoy Aquino, the tide of the Teodoro’s campaign may turn in his favor.  I shall offer my prayers for Teodoro and his wife in this battle against artificial contraception.  I shall ask Our Lord, Our Lady, and the entire celestial court to aid Teodoro in this battle, “for our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens” (Eph 6:12).  The supporters of the Reproductive Health Bill may be Legion, but fear not!  Remember the story of Elisha the Prophet:

When the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an army with horses and chariots was round about the city. His servant said to him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? 16He answered, Don’t be afraid; for those who are with us are more than those who are with them. 17Elisha prayed, and said, Yahweh, Please open his eyes, that he may see. Yahweh opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. 18When they came down to him, Elisha prayed to Yahweh, and said, Please smite this people with blindness. He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha. (2 Kings 6:15-18)

I think I can now in conscience put Gilbert Teodoro’s website in my sidebar together with the Kapatiran Party.

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About Quirino M. Sugon Jr
Theoretical Physicist in Manila Observatory

2 Responses to Gilbert Teodoro abandons Reproductive Health Bill: the Government should support a moral choice

  1. checkmatepawn2 says:

    There are guidelines released by the CBCP about how to choose a candidate as a responsible catholic.

    But if someone will choose on a single category alone in these case either of a candidate support the reproductive bill or not. This will definitely result to chaos or worst death to all Filipinos.

    What does this Gilbert Teodoro have done in these past years as a head of National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC). None. Oh. Death. It is his fault why there are a lot of people died during Ondoy. Because he is too stupid for a US attorney slash Pilot slash Military secretary of the Philippines. Life boats are used during emergencies. They are not withheld by any means, he never thought of that. Do you want like him to be your president for the next four years?

    Kapatiran Party is am imaginary and psychotic group of people. Their presidential candidate is only a councilor. That’s it. If someone like him can be a candidate. Why not someone likes that person sitting beside you who is making a circular bugger. Why not me? I love the all mighty God. I love my country. Why not you?

    I guess these guys have one common denominator. They have beautiful wives. We don’t have a 2010 presidential election but a beauty pageant of first lady of the Philippines. That is the only thing they have….

    What’s the fuss about this Reproductive Bill?

    I don’t know.

    It is a control to our population. It is an assurance for a result. Then if that result will not meet it will be the basis for another bill that will guarantee that result.

    It is a PRE abortion bill not an abortion bill. It is wrong and redundant.

    The essence of the law is already present in our country. There is artificial method of family planning in our health centers. It is EXISTING, ATTAINABLE, AFFORDABLE, and FUNDED by the government c/o by the Department of Health.

    So again, what’s the fuss about this Reproductive Bill?

    I don’t know.

    Whoever, support, against and made this bill is someone who never been in a simple health center. They are all stupid for a councilor, a NDCC secretary and a senator.

    But still I choose Ninoy. He is less stupid than Teodoro ang less suspicious than that councilor guy from somewhere.

  2. Quirino M. Sugon Jr says:

    checkmatepawn2,

    I am a single issue voter. There are many sides to the problem of NDCC, poverty, governance, death penalty, etc. But in the case of Artificial Contraception, there is only one side: Pope Paul VI in Humanae Vitae declares it as intrinsically wrong. This is a magisterial teaching. Catholics cannot anymore debate about this.

    Do not belittle JC de los Reyes as a mere City Councilor. Check first if you can beat his educational qualifications. This is from Wikipedia:

    “De los Reyes studied in Ateneo de Manila for his elementary education, and graduated in La Salle Green Hills for his secondary education. He finished his Bachelor of Arts in Theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, which is considered as one of the most orthodox Catholic Universities in the United States.[2][3].

    “In late 1993 he taught Philosophy in the Center for Research and Communication, now known as the University of Asia and the Pacific. During that time, he was under the tutelage of Father Joseph de Torre, a Spanish priest of the Holy Cross who wrote extensively on the social teachings of the Church.

    “In 1999 he finished his post-graduate studies in Public Administration from the University of the Philippines. In 2005 he finished his law degree at Saint Louis University in Baguio City.[2][3]

    A theologian and lawyer with a Public Administration doctorate is more than qualified than many of the 2010 Presidential candidates.

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