By BRIAN CLOWES
“There is an ideological colonization we have to be careful of that tries to destroy the family. Just as our peoples were able to say no to the period of colonization, as families we have to be very wise and very strong with fortitude to say no to these initiatives of colonization that could destroy the family” — Pope Francis.
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The most prominent feature you see when flying into the southern Luzon city of Legazpi is the most perfectly symmetrical mountain in the world — the 8,081-foot-high Mayon volcano. Today it was showing off by emitting a thick trail of steam from its summit. As we stepped into the simmering heat of the city’s small airport, it was difficult to keep our eyes off it.
Human Life International’s missionaries have visited the Philippines more than 50 times, making it our most-visited Asian nation. Fr. Shenan Boquet, our Human Life International president, Dr. Ligaya Acosta, our regional coordinator for Asia and Oceania, and I would spend a week in the cities of Sorsogon and Legazpi, sounding the alarm about the West’s “contraceptive imperialism.”
Our primary mission in early April was to show support for the mayor of Sorsogon City, Sally A. Lee. Mayor Lee was at one time a supporter of the reproductive health program of the government of the Philippines. She explained that she was deceived by the soothing and deceptive language of the population suppression organizations, including the International Planned Parenthood Federation, which was active in her city through its Filipino affiliate.
However, her attendance at HLI’s 19th Asia-Pacific Congress in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, in November 2013 changed both her attitude and her life. She returned to Sorsogon determined to declare her city to be “pro-life,” but Dr. Ligaya convinced her to wait until she and her people were properly trained in the issues. Dr. Ligaya subsequently made several journeys to Sorsogon City, training more than 1,000 people, and Mayor Lee published her Executive Order #3 in February 2015. … Continue Reading