One Million Red Ribbons for Life Launched in Philippines

International   |   Adam Cassandra   |   Dec 28, 2012   |   5:20PM   |   Manila, Philippines

Pro-life advocates in the Philippines are tying red ribbons all across the country in a show of opposition to the anti-life Reproductive Health (RH) Bill recently passed by Congress, and signed into lawon December 21.

“The RH bill may have passed both houses but the fight for truth and life continues,” said a post on the Pro-Life Philippines Foundation’s website. “We invite each and every pro-lifer to participate in Pro Life’s 1 Million Red Ribbon Campaign. This calls for tying red ribbons every where we can in order to promote awareness on this fight against the RH bill as well as to rally our troops and to remind our our valiant soldiers that our war against the anti-life forces is not yet over – not by a long shot!”

Organizers of the campaign are also suggesting people share a red ribbon graphic on Facebook, and make it their profile picture.

University student John Walter Juat told CBCP for Life, “While others are trying to tell me to stop because it’s over, I say we continue. The passage of this bill should not stop us from fighting, but instead make us stronger, braver, and more persevering.”

Pictures are already popping up on Facebook showing red ribbons tied on trees, fences and other public areas around the Philippines.

The Catholic Church in the Philippines remains steadfast against the RH Law and continues to rally the Filipino people to oppose its implementation.

Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, vice-president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, called the law a moral time bomb suggesting, “It is only a matter of time and then we will see more violations of ‘Thou shall not kill’ and ‘Thou shall not commit adultery’ among our families, our youth and children.”

“This law will open more doors to abortion and more crimes against women,” he said.

Chancellor Msgr. Hipolito Remandaban III of the Naval diocese in the Philippines said the Church needs to focus not on Congress, but on bringing the fight to the people.

“The most important thing is for the people to decide from their own hearts and conscience on how to deal with the measure when it becomes a law. But the Church will and shall remain in its stand against it,” he said, adding, “The role of the Church also is to bring or to unite the people in making the right decisions.”



“Here in the diocese we are still fighting,” said Naval Bishop Filomeno Bactol. “We are not just talking about morality here; we are talking about the life that we treasure and the future of the young people. When it turns into law, it will corrupt the mind of the youth.” Note:  Reprinted with permission from Human Life International’s World Watch forum. Adam Cassandra is a Communications Specialist at Human Life International.