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‘Team Patay' won't die down

The “Team Patay (death) Team Buhay (life)” controversy has refused to die down.

Women's group Pilipina national chairperson Rina Jimenez-David said yesterday “Let us not allow ourselves to be boxed in on what the Church has been saying on whether you are pro-life or pro-death”.

David, spoke at the celebration of International Women's Month, which was jointly spearheaded by the Provincial Council for Women- Negros Occidental chapter and DAWN Foundation Inc., at the Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Gym in Bacolod City.

David, a known women's rights advocate, said there is need to further examine what is meant by life and death.

“Is life just pregnancy and birth, or is it not survival of mother and child? Is death just the prevention of pregnancy through the use of contraceptives, or abortion”? David asked, adding that there is a lot of meaning behind the “Team Patay, Team Buhay”.

Teodoro Locsin, Jr., a politician, lawyer , and journalist, who spoke at the Rotary District 3850 convention at L Fisher Hotel, said the move to remove the “Team Patay, Team Buhay” tarpaulin is a violation of the freedom of speech and religion.

The bigger the size of the tarpaulin, the louder the message will be, he said.

Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra had said earlier that the “Team Patay/Team Buhay” tarpaulin in front of the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod is a collective expression of the truth that the RH Law is a clear defiance and insult to God.

The Dioceses of Kabankalan and San Carlos, however, are not putting up “Team Patay, Team Buhay” tarpaulins in their churches, although they are supporting the campaign against the RH law.

David said the RH debate is not an attack on the Church and Christian values. In fact, she added, it is upholding them precisely, protecting also the health and rights of women and children.

About 400 advocates of gender equality and women empowerment, who are members of various women's group, yesterday participated a caravan and solidarity program at the Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Gym in Bacolod City.

They were joined by Dr. Marilyn Marañon, wife of Gov. Alfredo Maranon Jr.* GPB

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