Pro-Life Partylist

9 May 2012

Ang Profile is among the 172 party list groups that applied for accreditation at the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Data provided by the poll body revealed that the group, which lists Atty. James Imbong as secretary general, filed its petition last March 31.

An official of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) revealed knowing the plan of the group to run for partylist.

Father Melvin Castro, executive secretary of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, said the group informed him of their plan after filing their petition.

"It's their (laity) initiative. They don't need the approval of priests or bishops on that," Castro said in an interview.

But Castro said he is hoping that the group will get accreditation from the Comelec and wins a seat in the 2013 elections so that they'll have another ally in Congress.
"We want the pro-life movement to have a louder voice in Congress. At present, we have a lot of partylist groups but majority of them are pro-RH (Reproductive Health Bill)," he said.

Partylist groups such as Gabriela and Akbayan are pushing for the passage of the controversial RH bill, which is being opposed by the Catholic Church convinced that the bill is anti-life and family because of its promotion of artificial contraceptives such as pills among others.

Castro said the faithful should support groups that advocate for the protection family and life values.

"In their application for partylist, they put in their vision statement that their purpose is mainly to protect life and family. They don't only represent the pro-life movement but the families as well," he said.

We should support partylist groups such as Ang ProLife and Buhay," added Castro.

Buhay Hayaan Yumabong (Buhay), a pro-life party list group accredited to run for a seat in the House in the 2010 elections, occupied three seats during the 14th Congress.

It is backed by the religious group El Shaddai Movement, headed by Bro. Mike Velarde, whose son Rene Velarde is BUhay's three-term representative.