There is no Catholic youth block vote

29 03 2012

by JC Tejano
National Spokesperson
Student Council Alliance of the Philippines

The notoriously anti-Reproductive Health Bill Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has alleged in its website that parishes command a certain youth vote that anti-RH legislators can bank on come 2013 elections.

In an attempt to belittle the command and commitment of different youth and student groups to launch an all-out shame campaign against anti-RH legislators, CBCP claims that its youth membership translate to an anti-RH bloc.

CBCP-backed youth groups’ membership, based in parishes or otherwise, does not translate to being anti-RH. In fact, out of the millions of Filipino Catholics claimed to be commanded by the CBCP, 71% favor the passage of the RH Bill (http://www.sws.org.ph/pr081016.htm), more than 70% of which are young people.

The same can be said in progressive Catholic schools just like the Ateneo de Manila University and the De La Salle University-Manila wherein youth groups campaigning for the passage of the bill are very much present. In Cebu on the other hand, Catholic student groups within the University of San Carlos and University of San Jose-Recoletos have mobilized their members for the RH bill.

Needless to say, there is no Catholic youth block vote.

For UP, not a single student council has made a stand against the RH bill. Student councils know that opposing the RH Bill will be a terrible misrepresentation of their constituents: 20,000+ UP students facing thousands pro-RH rallyists. Anti-RH students in UP, on the other hand, cannot even mobilize more than 10.

The Student Council Alliance of the Philippines (SCAP) is a progressive alliance of student councils and student political parties with more than 30 chapters nationwide and present in more than 150 different campuses. Making history and landmarks several times, we are ready to rally young people behind the passage of a pro-youth legislation such as the Reproductive Health Bill. #

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