Ayala Alabang ordinance

Dirty tricks employed against RH Bill

Beth Angsioco over at her Manila Standard column wrote part 1, “Damasos and Ovaries.”  This is a snippet:

“For instance, item 9.3 of the 13 December Notice of Meeting was “Ordinance on RH bill.” Moreover, item 8.6 of the minutes of the same meeting says, “In connection with the RH bill, Chairman AX Burgos instructed the Kagawads to start conferring with the BEC District Coordinators and get their approval/comments. This will serve as our basis in passing the ordinance prepared by Sen. Pimentel.” (itals and emphasis mine)

Note that the Council used “RH bill” and not the ordinance title in reference to it. Moreover, was former Sen. Aquilino Pimentel the author of the ordinance? Note that the former Senator defended it during the subsequent public hearing called after the ordinance became controversial.

The minutes of the 23 December Public Hearing on the ordinance are equally revealing. The document tells us how the minds of some of our rich citizens work. For instance, lawyer Luis Sison (who defended the ordinance in media) is quoted as saying, “…I am honored to be here today because it has been said… that, ‘Where Ayala Alabang goes, so does the country.’ So, today, I hope this Committee… will also uphold that tradition. We are embarking on a very historic bill or ordinance that will hopefully transpire across the country and be a strong warning against the RH Bill.” Remember that lawyer Luis Sison was the same man who said that the BAA ordinance was inspired by their parish priest.

The minutes also indicate that when the need for the City Council’s approval of the ordinance was discussed, the Chair of Committee on Women’s Rights Ma. Soledad Tugade (who was chairing the hearing) reportedly said, “…with all the people around here, members of the church will pray for it, and I am sure Mr. Chairman, it will be approved. Malalakas sila.”

Clearly, the BAA Council passed the ordinance as a reaction to the RH bill. Also, it appears like some of them thought themselves to be so powerful that they can make the city council, and the whole country, follow their dictates!”

 

Father Bernas: Ayala Alabang ordinance reminiscent of Inquisition

Father Bernas wrote:

“An interesting question is whether the Annex to the Alabang ordinance expands the list of drugs and devises listed by the Food and Drug Administration. It seems to me that the drugs and devises being currently sold over the counter are not in the FDA list. Interesting too is the question whether a barangay council can determine what doctors may or may not prescribe.

These, of course, are technical matters that can easily be verified. I believe, however, that there is something more eerily fundamental here. I see what is happening as an attempt by a sector of the Catholic church to instrumentalize the power of the state to impose Catholic belief on all others. This is something which gives the Catholic religion a bad name. It is reminiscent of the Inquisition.” (emphasis mine)

Exactly!

I highly recommend reading the entire piece. Very good reading.

I love his last line, “The ordinance purports to prescribe a criminal penalty. Only a real court and not a village kangaroo court or vigilante may impose criminal penalty, and only after trial.”

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