11 December 2012

Trying Hard to Link "Pablo" to RH Bill

RH Bill and Typhoon Pablo
A just read a report that says, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo was wondering why tragedy always seems to happen whenever the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) bill is being discussed in Congress.

"Ewan ko lang kung yan ay coincidence lang o dahil nga may pinapasabi ang Diyos sa atin na kapag iyan ay pinag-uusapan ng matindi ay parang may mensahe na nangyayari na maraming kahirapan na nagaganap sa atin," Pabillo allegedly said in an interview with Radio Veritas.

I’m not sure what Pabillo was alluding to, but I'm sure that trying to connect the dots and find a flimsy connection between natural environmental disasters that caused tragedy and the RH Bill is one of the most irresponsible actions taken by somebody from the Catholic Church this year.

Continuing on this irresponsible and mischievous course, Father Melvin Castro, executive secretary of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Family Life, added that, "Although we would not give other meaning to it, nonetheless God speaks through his creation as well. Nature tells us to respect the natural course of things."

What made the CBCP an expert on interpreting what God wanted to say through the occurrence of natural disasters? Is the Church trying to devalue the lives of victims in Mindanao by saying that they suffered God’s wrath because somebody in Congress pushed for the passage of a measure even if these same victims did not have anything to do on how the bill fared? Did Pabillo and Castro think that Filipinos today are medieval fools that can easily be swayed by threatening them with fires from heaven or suffocating mud from hell?

As with the other misleading stories and false claims against the RH bill, the insinuation that typhoon ‘Pablo’ was sent last 4 December 2012 to exact at least 325 deaths in Mindanao as punishment for the continued push for the passage of the controversial measure was based on the feeblest and vaguest of foundations.

Not only does such irresponsible statements inflict injury on individuals — in this case family mebers who are still mourning the loss of their loved ones and those that are still trying to locate their relatives — but it makes one wonder whether any reliance can be put on the institutions that Pabillo and Castro represent especially where truth and responsibility are concerned.

Genuine mistakes are unavoidable. But the insinuation that attempts to link one event to an unlinkable tragedy to suit personal gain only shows utter incompetence and genuine desperation. A telephone call to the Department of Environment Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) would have put the allegations on the right track.