Around 6,000 turned up at the Macias Sports Center in Dumaguete City yesterday morning for the prayer rally initiated by the Diocese of Dumaguete in observance of February as Pro-Life Month.
People from all walks of life including priests, religious, lay faithful, students, the academe, civic groups and church-based organizations attended the prayer rally, that was also aimed at calling for a more cohesive action plan by the community to help address criminality in Dumaguete.
The participants brought placards that bore slogans about respecting and protecting life, rejecting the Reproductive Health law, and shunning activities against the teachings of the church.
The sports center was packed with participants who travelled from the towns and cities of Negros Oriental and Siquijor covered by the Diocese of Dumaguete in a caravan that preceded the rally before a concelebrated mass.
The crowd roared in agreement as the guest speaker, Dr. Rene Bullecer of Human Life International, pointed out several strong points in his long discourse about the country’s current state of affairs.
He called on the people of Negros Oriental and Siquijor to oppose the measures on RH, same sex marriage, and divorce. He said the only country in the world that does not honor divorce is the Philippines.
Bullecer also called for prayers for the 15 justices and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to listen to the voice of the people when they act on the controversial RH law.
Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno is not a Catholic, “but nothing is impossible with the Lord”, Bullecer said.
He added that now is the time for the people to start thinking seriously about the kind of politicians they will elect in 2016 and choose the ones who listen to the voice of the people and are pro-life.
About 60 to 70 priests, and Dumaguete Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria, Richard Enojo representing Gov. Roel Degamo, OIC provincial police director, Senior Supt. Mariano Natuel, and Dumaguete police chief, Supt. James Goforth attended the caravan.
Bishop Julito Cortes of the Diocese of Dumaguete presided over the concelebrated mass.*JFP
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