We are students who believe in fighting for the truth. You can find our letter here.
[Credits to Katrise Velhagen for putting together the header image.]
by Bernardo M. Villegas
MANILA, Philippines — I have spent more than forty years of my professional life telling economists, business people, academics, politicians, government officials and the public at large that population growth can be a most positive factor in the attainment of long-term sustainable human development.
Our national hero, the older Benigno Aquino, used to say that “the Filipino is worth dying for.” What he meant was that Filipinos deserve the best solutions to the problems that they are now facing. While it is true that today’s Filipinos, especially the poor, have problems that need immediate solutions, the ones that those responsible for helping them must resort to are those that respect the dignity of the human person and the laws of nature. Otherwise, the solution will not only not solve, but even compound their problems.
Think of it this way. You’d be spending billions of pesos slowly lessening our greatest resource, our population. It’s impractical to spend on things that will not help in the long term development of the country. Why not just invest in the educational system or provide jobs?
SECTION 4: LEGAL ARGUMENTS
The RH Bill is harmful to Filipino society because it violates the Philippine Constitution and seeks to enshrine into law forced and artificial “rights” that may even threaten more basic and genuine human rights.
SECTION 3: ETHICAL ARGUMENTS
The RH Bill is harmful to Filipino society because it completely disregards authentic ethical principles that are at the heart of Philippine society.
We believe that what is right and moral is written in the hearts of men, something called the Natural Law.
And thank you. We’re glad you can appreciate the aesthetics of our site; we put a lot of effort into it.
We’re just doing what we think is right, sir.
SECTION 2: SOCIO-ECONOMIC ARGUMENTS
The RH Bill is harmful to Filipino society because its intent to control population is based on wrong facts and wrong economics, and naïve to the negative social effects that will come in its train.
SECTION 1: MEDICAL ARGUMENTS
The RH Bill is harmful to the Filipinos because it endorses drugs and other family planning supplies that have serious deleterious effects to their physical health and to the environment.
We are concerned high school students AGAINST THE RH BILL. We hope that you will take some time to hear from our perspective. Please remember that the Philippine constitution recognizes life the instant a child is conceived. Passing the RH Bill goes against this. It promotes contraception, which completely bypasses conception and therefore stopping life in its tracks.