Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s position on Responsible Parenthood
- I am against abortion
- I am in favor of giving couples the right to choose how best to manage their families so that in the end, their welfare and that of their children are best served.
- In a situation where couples, especially the poor and the disadvantaged ones, are in no position to make an informed judgment, the state has the responsibility to so provide.
- In the range of options and information provided to couples, natural family planning and modern methods shall be presented as equally desirable methods.
Our Common Credo
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A government, based on core values of transparency, personal and institutional integrity, honesty, and good governance, is a goal we must all share. To achieve this goal, we must unite based on shared principles.
We therefore present this Credo to the Filipino People so that our basis for unity is clear and unequivocal. These are our guiding principles in approaching the perils and problems of our society as elected officials, and we hold ourselves accountable to each other and the public to uphold these principles in the campaign and in office. Read the rest of this entry »
A SOCIAL CONTRACT WITH THE FILIPINO PEOPLE
THE PLATFORM OF SENATOR BENIGNO “NOYNOY” S. AQUINO III
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A National Leadership in Need of Transformational Change
- Its legitimacy is under question;
- It persecutes those who expose the truth about its illegitimacy and corruption;
- It stays in power by corrupting individuals and institutions;
- It confuses the people with half-truths and outright lies;
- It rewards, rather than punishes, wrongdoing;
- It offers no lasting solutions for the many problems of the country;
- It weakens the democratic institutions that hold our leaders accountable.
- It hinders our local governments from delivering basic services;
- It has no vision of governance beyond political survival and self- enrichment.
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Magellan’s Cross marked the beginning of a long and colorful saga between Filipinos and the Roman Catholic Church. It was Catholic faith that prevented blood to be shed in EDSA. It was a testament to that same faith that many Filipinos helped one another during Ondoy and Pepeng. But now, the Church and our People are at odds over Reproductive Health.
This is our nation now: the third largest Catholic nation in the world. It is a nation where ten Filipino women die every day from pregnancy- and childbirth-related causes. Of every thousand infants born, thirty-six needlessly die, and for every 580 women giving birth, one loses her life. In this country, thirty-eight percent of children die before they reach the age of five.*
This is also true: Our democracy is not a theocracy.
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by Liberty Chee
Reproductive health is not new in the Philippine legislative landscape. It has gone through many permutations and versions since the 11th Congress. Reproductive health bills have progressed little in the past decade owing to the strong and organized opposition of the Catholic clergy. However, in the last year, the polemic has escalated to capture the attention of many Filipinos due in part to the strong language coming from the CBCP. In July 2008, the bishops threatened to excommunicate politicians who would support the bill.
The discourse coming from those opposed to the bill often degenerates into the willful distortion of “reproductive health” and spreading misinformation on the content and implications of the bill. This either betrays a complete ignorance of what is written in the legislation or a malicious intent to defeat the bill at all cost. If the Church hierarchy’s arguments against the bill were to be addressed point by point, then they would have no ground for reasonable opposition.
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