CBCP: Nothing wrong with ‘Team Patay’ poster in Bacolod

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President Benigno S. Aquino III answers questions directed to him during the media briefing after spearheading the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project (JRMP) II at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol along Bonifacio Drive in Iloilo City on Thursday (February 21). The P11.21 billion JRMP II project is a priority irrigation project of the Department of Agriculture (DA) designed to significantly contribute to sustaining the country’s rice self-sufficiency level. Once completed, the irrigation component of the JRMP II will provide year-round irrigation to approximately 32,000 hectares of farm land and benefit more than 783,000 farmers in Iloilo. The JRMP features the construction of three dams – Jalaur Reservoir, Jalaur Afterbay and Alibunan Catch Dam, considered as the first large scale reservoir dam outside Luzon. In photo are Senator Franklin Drilon, Team PNoy Senatoriables former Senator Ramon Magsaysay, Jr., former Akbayan Partylist Representative Ana Theresia “Risa” Hontiveros-Baraquel, Senator Aquilino Martin “Koko” Pimentel III and former National Youth Commission (NYC) chairperson Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. and Iloilo 3rd District Representative Arthur Defensor, Jr. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Feb 28 (Mabuhay) — Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) secretary general Msgr. Joselito Asis on Thursday insisted there is nothing wrong with the “Team Patay vs Team Buhay” poster in a Bacolod City church.

The “Team Patay” list was released by the Diocese of Bacolod to urge voters to junk senatorial candidates who they deem as “anti-life” for supporting the passage of the controversial reproductive health (RH) bill.

“Walang mali sa tarpaulin sa Bacolod diocese,” Asis said.

He said each diocese has the authority to decide on how they will inform the people in their community regarding the personalities who support and oppose the RH law.

Asis also said that what the Bacolod diocese could do is to just re-size the poster.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said the poster is beyond the allowed 2×3 size limit for campaign posters.

The poll body has sent notice to Bacolod City Bishop Vicente Navarra to remove the oversized poster or risk being held liable for an election offense.

Included in the list of “Team Patay” senatorial aspirants were Cagayan Rep. Jack Enrile, former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros, Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño from Makabayan, Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, and Senators Francis “Chiz” Escudero, Loren Legarda and Alan Peter Cayetano.

Under the “Team Buhay” or “pro-life” candidates were Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, Sen. Koko Pimentel III, former Las Piñas Rep. Cynthia Villar, Sen. Gringo Honasan, San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito, and Zambales Rep. Mitos Magsaysay. (MNS)

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