It took about a week for Congressman Palatino to withdraw and apologize for filing the House Bill 6330, that seeks to remove all religious symbols and services in government workplace and premises.
His move created a sea of protests from religious groups and regular folk who know that love of God and faith has and will always be a part of this country’s culture.
According to Rappler (the on-line, subjective news service)…
“He got burned. Kabataan partylist Rep Raymond Palatino is withdrawing his proposed measure seeking to ban prayer services and the display of religious items in government offices…. “Kabataan Partylist sincerely apologizes for any offense the bill caused. We are sad that we hurt the religious sentiments of many, when our desire was to uphold and promote religious sensitivity and harmony,”
Yeah harmony my foot! There hasn’t been a single complaint of religious intolerance brought about by the display or holding of religious services in government offices, NONE! According to ABS-CBN:
“Palatino, who is Catholic (sure) earlier said he has received many complaints (yeah sure) from government employees who are “forced” to attend Mass or other religious activities by their superiors even during office hours.”
Pleeeease sir, no one is forced to attend mass or pray if he doesn’t want to. For heavens sake just shut up because your digging a deeper hole for yourself.
Furthermore, he says in his whimpering defense:
“There are people who go to government offices during lunch break and they can’t transact because there’s a Mass. Ano yung ma-i-interpret nila? Ito ba ay official na ine-endorse ng government agency?”
You’re taking us for fools! You mean the reason why government offices cannot provide services during lunch break is because they have to attend mass? Ehhh, could it be that they just need a break to have lunch? Besides Congressman, lunch-time masses do not last an hour because it is scheduled to allow workers to be able to eat before or after. Get this all government workers out there, Congressman Palatino resents the fact that you can’t do what you want with your lunch break, in fact, he resents that you even have one! This fellow who sits in Congress does not know the law! Here is what it says:
R.A. 9485: AN ACT TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCY IN THE DELIVERY OF GOVERNMENT SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC BY REDUCING BUREAUCRATIC RED TAPE, PREVENTING GRAFT AND CORRUPTION, AND PROVIDING PENALTIES THEREFOR
“(e) Adoption of Working Schedules to Serve Clients – Heads of offices and agencies which render frontline services shall adopt appropriate working schedules to ensure that all clients who are within their premises prior to the end of official working hours are attended to and served even during lunch break and after regular working hours.”
Isn’t it clear that certain services deemed critical have to adjust their schedules to serve people? Why would you expect every government branch to have the same type of customer accommodation? My dear Congressman, this law disproves your assertion that “they can’t transact because there is mass” …that statement is entirely false because there is a law that fixes it!
In the Filipino Freethinkers website, Red Tani, their boss, defended Palatino from criticism by the media and opinion makers. Just so we are clear, I have long suspected that this group, the FFt is behind this push for the Bill.
Well as it turns out, that defense is now trash since their mascot just wimped out of the battle. I guess he realized that his political career just started crashing and burning. Well too late Mr. Congressman, you should have chosen well whom to listen to!
While I still smell the stench of a burnt political career and party, there is a telling lesson to politicians (and party-lists) who try to push for bills that are anti-faith and anti-life. In fact, I think the day of reckoning is coming since even the solons who think that the RHbill is readily accepted by most, has been shown to be an illusion. Farewell Congressman, farewell Kabataan Party-List!