Monday, 23 May 2011 12:51
Malacanang welcomed the statement of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) that the calls by some prelates for civil disobedience are not the collective position of the bishops’ collegial body.
"We welcome that statement from the CBCP,” Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda told reporters during the regular news briefing in Malacanang.
Earlier, CBCP president and Tandag Bishop Nereo Odchimar said: “The CBCP does not have any official stand regarding civil disobedience. We did not discuss what action to take on civil disobedience.”
Odchimar made the clarification following reports that some bishops and anti-RH advocates earlier said they will campaign for civil disobedience and threatened not to pay taxes in case the RH bill is passed.
Lacierda also said the Palace opted to keep mum regarding the on-going debate between the pro and anti- reproductive health (RH) lawmakers in the Congress adding that it is good that there will be no debate between the government and the Catholic Church following the latest statement of the CBCP.
“Let us leave the debate on this issue to Congress,” he said. (PNA)
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