james imbong, son of lawyer jo imbong who is reportedly the legal counsel of the catholic bishops conference of the philippines (CBCP), has asked the supreme court to nullify the reproductive health (RH) law.
Filing on behalf of their minor children, James and Lovely Imbong said the law “mocks the nation’s Filipino culture — noble and lofty in its values and holdings on life, motherhood and family life — now the fragile lifeblood of a treasured culture that today stands solitary but proud in contrast to other nations.”
ano daw? bad writing aside, ano ba yang “filipino culture” na yan that the imbongs so sophomorically extol? what’s so “noble and lofty” ba about filipino culture? once upon a time there was jose rizal, but who else since, and what else, really, in this dysfunctional undeveloped disaster of a catholic country, where some 70 percent, maybe 80, are poor and hungry by default, thanks to an uncaring elitist leadership, administration after administration, ever long on promises but short on delivery, greedily thriving on systemic corruption and patronage politics. and what is that “treasured culture” really but some fantasy movie in the imbongs’ and bishops’ pompous minds where families are whole and happy, rather than broken, riven, mother father wife husband forced away by economic necessity to keep family, and country incidentally, afloat. i think it’s the imbongs who mock us, insult our intelligence, with their holier-than-thou platitudes.
and what about this from CBCP vp archbishop socrates villegas:
“The poor can rise from their misery through more accessible education, better hospitals and lesser government corruption. Money for contraceptives can be better used for education and authentic health care,” Villegas said.
as if. what if, instead of fighting the RH
bill law, the imbongs and the bishops fight, condemn, agitate against, the systemic corruption and patronage politics that plague the nation, for a change? but first, maybe, the church should start paying taxes voluntarily, so that it’s not forever beholden to government for the exemption; then bishops can truthfully embrace honest-to-goodness pro-poor advocacies, sabay threaten elitist government officials with hellfire and brimstone until they stop enriching themselves in office and finally deliver on election promises of a better life for the masses, yes, accessible education, better hospitals, and lesser corruption, now na.