13 May '11, 2pm

DTN Thailand: Manila's Aquino clashes with bishops on contraception bill: MANILA (Reuters) - A senior Roman Cath...

MANILA (Reuters) - A senior Roman Catholic bishop on Friday compared Philippine President Benigno Aquino to the ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos, in an escalating war of words over a controversial bill promoting artificial contraception. The plan before Congress has put Aquino on a collision course with the country's powerful Catholic church leaders, who this week walked out of talks on the reproductive health bill. Pro-life groups supported the bishops and stepped up pressure against Aquino, calling for a widespread civil disobedience campaign, including non-payment of taxes. "Not to pay taxes, I will be surprised if somebody will say that publicly because if I am not mistaken, that's a serious criminal offence," Aquino told reporters on Friday. "I think sedition will be the charge that will be filed for your not doing your civic obligation." Aquino's latest statement in ...

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