MANILA, Philippines - As the House of Representatives begun its debates on the Reproductive Health (RH) bill, Sarangani Representativefound himself in the core of the uproar for saying that synthetic methods of family planning are not acceptable and for quoting the Bible as his source.
Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, who advocates RH bill, told Pacquiao to avoid “hypocrisy” and to study the Bible prior to citing passages from the Scriptures.
The spirited policymaker said Pacquiao’s position emerged to clash with his behalf, Jinkee who previously confessed that she is using pill. Santiago also corrected Pacquiao’s “grammatical lapses” in quoting passages concerning God’s believed command to produce offspring.
She gave a spontaneous Bible study session before reporters at the Senate as she corrected Pacquiao’s quote “Go out to the world and multiply.” “does not say, ‘Go out to the world.’ It sounds very much like God is encouraging us to go out and copulate in public. God said in the Bible, ‘Go forth and multiply,’” she said.
Santiago did not end her lesson there. “If this is going to be a debate of Biblical quotes, then I will counter with: ‘The devil can cite scripture for its purposes,’” said the senator. She said Pacquiao was being a fundamentalist, as he interprets Bible literally.
Besides, Santiago enlightened that the Bible was not written by God nor by eyewitnesses to God since she said it was written at least 70 years after the demise of Jesus. “It is very unsafe to quote the Bible and apply it literally as Pacquiao is doing,” she added.
The senator does not believe Pacquiao’s status and fame will affect the judgment of Filipinos who are in support of the RH Bill. “It will be very misleading to use his celebrity status to enter into a great debate on the political economy.”
The RH bill was a matter of providing information, particularly for women of child-bearing age. It will also teach women about natural family planning as endorsed by the Catholic Church, the use of condoms, and other contraceptives, among other things, Santiago clarified.
“If you are going to be asked to answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’, you must cast a conscience vote, and not what somebody dictates to you on what should be your vote,” Santiago said. She also expressed gratitude the Catholic Church for not making use of Pacquiao’s stand on the controversial RH bill.