AYON KAY Senator Miriam Santiago, paglabag sa constitutional principle ng separation of church and state ang banta ng Simbahang Katoliko na paparusahan ang mga mambabatas na boboto pabor sa Reproductive Health (RH) Bill.
“The separation principle includes what is called the establishment clause, as well as the free exercise clause. The general guide is that the government should observe neutrality,” ani ni Santiago.
Binanggit ni Sen. Miriam na tanging Simbahang Katoliko lamang ang tutol sa RH Bill. Ilan sa mga simbahang sumusuporta umano rito ang Iglesia ni Cristo, Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches, National Council of Churches in the Philippines, Interfaith Partnership for the Promotion of Responsible Parenthood, at Assembly of Darul-Iftah of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
Hindi rin naniniwala sa catholic vote si Sen. Miriam, “In the past, the Catholic church campaigned against Sen. Juan Flavier because as health secretary, he freely distributed condoms. But Flavier won the elections. Thus, the so-called Catholic vote is a political myth.”
(PARAZZI REPORTORIAL TEAM)