Catholics in Daet in Camarines Norte province held a "Walk for Life" march to express their opposition to the Reproductive Health (RH) bill.
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said the "Walk for Life" march was held on May 28, with some 500 marchers from various sectors of society.
The group that led the march was the Knights of Columbus, with the support of the Council of the Laity of the Daet Diocese.
According to a CBCP article posted on its website, majority of participants wore shirts with slogans that read: "Choose Love," "Pro-love," "Respect life," and "Pro-life."
After the march, participants converged in downtown Daet for a short program and a concelebrated mass officiated by Fr. Cirilo Edgar Eboña, Diocesan Commission Head on Family and Life. He was assisted by priests Fidel Era and Andrei Uy.
Lawyer Archimedes Yanto, a member of the Couples for Christ (CFC), said the provisions of the RH bill are against the core values of the CFC — “pro-God, pro-life, pro-family, and pro-poor."
Engr. Victorio Corporal of the Council of the Laity said the intention of the RH bill to control the Philippine population destroys the values of the Filipino family.
Prof. Rex Bernardo, vice chairman of St. John the Baptist Parish Pastoral Council, said no one has the right to kill the helpless unborn child even for the reason of physical deformity.
Speaking from his experience, Bernardo stressed that his disability did not hinder him from serving the community and becoming a productive citizen.
Daet Mayor Tito Sarion and Labo Mayor Dindo Pardo spoke about their personal convictions on being pro-life in raising their respective families.
At the end of the mass, Camarines Norte Rep. Renato Unico's chief of staff Noli Bañaria received the signatures gathered from the signature campaign initiated by the various parishes under the Diocese of Daet.
Bañaria promised the congressman would be steadfast in his principles of being a pro-life advocate in Congress.