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What: March of Love, March for Life Rally

Where: City of Balanga Plaza Major

When: February 26, 2011 - 4:00pm

Balanga Rocks!

“March of love, March for Life”

Our beloved pastor Most Rev. Ruperto Santos DD. led his flock and expressed strong opposition against the Reproductive Health bill in his homily during the said prayer rally. The protest action was dubbed as “March of love, March for Life”and was organized by the Diocese of Balanga and the City government of Balanga headed by Hon. Jose Enrique Garcia III. The participants of the rally gathered in 3 separate locations. Those who are from District 1 gathered at Four Lanes, Tuyo, Balanga City. Those who are from the District 2 gathered at the Flaming Sword, Panilao, Pilar, Bataan. The two groups met at the Balanga Plaza Mayor and met another flock of people. The participants brought their placards and streamers against RH bill. The church’s bells started ringing as a sign of noise barrage. Priests, Nuns and Seminarians joined the march.

Bishop Santos told us in his homily, “Nagmartsa tayo na handang mainitan, mapawisan at mapagod upang ipakita sa buong bansa na tayo sa Bataan ay lalabang muli at haharap upang tutulan at hadlangan ang RH Bill No. 96”. The Bishop and the Sanguniang Panglungsod shared the same view. Mayor Joet reiterated ARTICLE 2, SECTION 12 OF THE PHIL. CONSTITUTION. “The State recognizes the sanctity of family life and shall protect and strengthen the family as a basic autonomous social institution. It shall equally protect the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception. The natural and primary right and duty of parents in the rearing of the youth for civic efficiency and the development of moral character shall receive the support of the Government.” “Ang RH Bill ay sisira sa pamilyang Pilipino at laban sa Saligang-Batas,” Garcia stressed.

Fr. Jun Villanueva gave lectures and insights on the crusade against RH Bill. “Kung buhay ang nakataya, hindi isyu ang separation of church and state sapagka’t walang partido tulad ng Nacionalista o Liberal Party sa buhay,” “You cannot be a Catholic if you are for the RH Bill,” Fr. Villanueva said.
Mayor Garcia also presented an ordinance passed by seven Sangguniang Barangay of the city titled “Ordinansa Para sa Kaligtasan at Proteksyon ng Sanggol sa Sinapupunan.”

The crusade is not yet over. We cannot organize mass actions every day. But we can always continue praying for light. We can still denounce the Bill in our small simple ways. There are a few Parish Churches already posting anti-RH bill materials in their gates, fences, boards etc; and we salute them.. If we want this to spill over to the homes, cars, etc, all Parish Pastoral Council Councils should have anti-RH Bill posters already. What are we waiting for? It doesn't take much, a few cartolinas and big marker pens should do.