I was reading a print newspaper during dinner. I usually rely on online news but since the paper was available I decided to check it out. Upon flipping the pages, I saw this article and thought I need to share it here.
Superstition or Our Lord’s wrath? Is this what Mama Mary was crying about?
When Manila Rep. Amado Bagatsing warned his colleagues not to put the reproductive health bill to a vote on a date linked to the “number of the devil,” almost everybody who heard him scoffed at his idea.
But when heavy, non-stop rains started flooding huge portions of Luzon, especially Metro Manila, the social networks suddenly saw posts recalling Bagatsing’s warning to his House of Representatives colleagues against putting the plenary debates on the RH bill to a vote.
Majority of House members ignored Bagatsing’s warning on Monday and pursued a motion by Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II to vote for the closing of plenary debates on controversial House Bill 4244, popularly known as the RH bill.
Pro- and anti-RH solons quickly rejected any correlation between the plenary vote and Bagatsing’s claim that it would be bad luck to vote on August 6, which contains the number supposedly linked to the devil.
“I am a believer of divine intervention but I need to see a stronger more sustained manifestation,” said Paranaque City Rep. Roilo Golez, who was among the congressmen who voted against Gonzales’ motion. Golez said the floods is not the work of God.
“But we have a kind God who ought not to punish the innocent,” he said.
Gabriela partylist Rep. Luz Ilagan, one of the co-authors of the bill, said she does not see a link between the havoc triggered by heavy rainfall and the RH vote on Monday.
“It is against the Catholic religion to be superstitious and attaching an evil meaning to 6 is superstition,” Ilagan said as she chided any belief on it as an “example of the many contradictions of the Catholic hierarchy.”