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wawam tweet on UST Varsitarian’s article attacking Ateneo & Las Salle professors stand on RH Bill shown on gma NewsTV

October 16, 2012 Leave a comment

appears around 2:32 minutes on the video

RH bill, Ateneo, and La Salle: Of lemons and cowards

Going against the grain, going against the tide, going against popularity surveys, the University of Santo Tomas has upheld the stand of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) condemning the Reproductive Health (RH) bill as an anti-poor, social-engineering measure that not only denigrates the natural law but also runs roughshod over maternal health, kowtows to the contraceptive imperialism of the West, and generally blames the poor and their alleged overpopulation for the ills of society, when it’s the Philippine state and its depredations—its mismanagement and appalling corruption—that are to blame.

UST is a Catholic institution. It is a pontifical institution—the second to be so named in world history. Nobody should question whether the University supports the Church’s stand as the Gospel of Christ is UST’s—and any Catholic institution’s—pillar and foundation.

Professors who are affiliated with UST must respect the stand of the University against the RH bill as they are part of an institution which is fundamentally bound with Catholic faith and teachings. If UST professors don’t agree with the stand of the CBCP, then they have a problem. The bishops are the successors of the Christ’s apostles and possess the Magisterium, the teaching authority of the Church.

If faculty members of UST and other Catholic schools feel they need to invoke their academic freedom to make known their stand in conflict with the bishops regarding the RH bill, then they’re free to do so. But they must resign from UST. They must give up their Catholic academic affiliation. They must have the courage of their intellectual conviction. Upholding their conscience, they must respect the Church and her teachings.

Recently, a number of professors from Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University have voiced their support for the RH bill. A close reading of the measure should show it promotes abortifacients.

A total of 192 Ateneo professors supported the RH bill in their Aug. 13 statement, arguing that the “RH bill can have a decided impact on alleviating pressing social concerns such as high maternal mortality ratio, the rise in teenage pregnancies, and the increase in the number of HIV/AIDS cases, among others.”

Last Sept. 3, 45 La Salle professors joined the bandwagon, arguing that there is a need for artificial contraceptives as these can control the growth of the population and improve the quality of life.

It’s quite shocking that Ateneo and La Salle professors should harbor naive and misguided thinking about health and social problems. How could they argue that an RH measure would be needed to lower maternal mortality when the Philippine government not too long ago had told the United Nations that it was on track to meet the Unesco millennium development goals by 2015, one of which was the lowering of maternal deaths? How could they argue that alleged high mortality must be checked by an RH measure when pregnancy complications are not in the Top 10 causes of women’s deaths? How could they argue that contraceptives allegedly worth billions of pesos must be given to women to avert pregnancy risks when contraceptives have been known to cause cardiac problems, which are the No. 1 cause of death of Filipino women?

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Philippines National Demographic and Health Survey 2008

October 2, 2011 Leave a comment

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This report summarizes the findings of the 2008  Philippines National Demographic and Health
Survey (NDHS) carried out by the National Statistics Office (NSO). The NDHS is part of the worldwide
MEASURE Demographic and Health Surveys program, which is designed to collect information on a variety
of health-related topics including fertility, family planning, and maternal and child health. The United States
Agency for International Development (USAID) provided financial assistance for some activities during the
preparatory and processing phases of the project, as well as funding for technical assistance through ICF
Macro, an ICF International Company. The opinions expressed in this report are those of the authors and do
not necessarily reflect the views of USAID, the Government of the Philippines, or donor organizations.
Additional information about the survey may be obtained from the Demographic and Social Statistics
Division (DSSD) of the Household Statistics Department, NSO, Solicarel Building 1, Ramon Magsaysay
Boulevard, Sta. Mesa, Manila (Telephone: (632) 713-7245; Fax (632) 716-1612), or by writing to E-mail

Information about the Demographic and Health Surveys program may be obtained from the
MEASURE DHS project, ICF Macro, 11785 Beltsville Drive, Suite 300, Calverton, MD 20705, USA;
Telephone:  301-572-0200; Fax: 301-572-0999, E-mail:, Internet:  

Recommended citation:
National Statistics Office (NSO) [Philippines], and ICF Macro. 2009. National Demographic and Health
Survey 2008. Calverton, Maryland: National Statistics Office and ICF Macro.
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