Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle issued this statement this morning (December 13) before he left for Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam for the General Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences.
The vote in favour of the RH Bill in Congress is unfortunate and tragic. But we do not take it as a defeat of truth - for truth shall prevail, especially the truth about human life, marriage and the family. We thank and commend the Representatives of Congress, the Church people, organizations and citizens who worked hard and tirelessly in a variety of ways to expose the flaws of the RH bill, to form consciences and to contribute to the search for the common good. This vote leads us to further commit the Church, specifically the Archdiocese of Manila to the service of the poor, of the family, of women, of infants and children. We will work harder to promote the sanctity of human life and of the human person, the integral education of the youth, the access of the poor to social and medical services, the preservation of the true meaning of marriage, and stewardship of creation. We call on all Filipinos to work towards healing, and journey together humbly and justly as children of God.
+ LUIS ANTONIO G. CARDINAL TAGLE
Archbishop of Manila
12 December 2012