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Officials dared to declare
Dumaguete City ‘pro-life’

BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

Advocates against the Reproductive Health Law have challenged Dumaguete City officials to declare the city as pro-life.

At the pro-life symposium spearheaded by the Social Action Center of the Diocese of Dumaguete Saturday, Ligaya Acosta, regional director of the Human Life International for Asia and Oceania, lauded the city government for its active pro-life stance.

She said City Administrator William Ablong told her and Dr. Eleanor de Borja Payabyab, an obstetrician from Davao City, that Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria is not supportive of the RH Law.

Ablong, head of the Parish Pastoral Council of the Diocese of Dumaguete, said the mayor had vowed not to implement the RH Law in the city, but there could be changes depending on the decision of the Supreme Court whether to declare the law unconstitutional or not, Acosta said.

She said the battle is not yet over, and told Ablong that the city should unite its people in campaigning against the RH Law, and to declare the city as pro-life.

Acosta added that they need prayers to help them as they prepare for the oral arguments at the SC hearing tomorrow.*JFP

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