The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) recently conferred its highest award, the Jorge Barlin Golden Cross, to Atty. Maria Concepcion Noche for her “outstanding and genuine service” to the Church, “exemplifying the ideals” of the first Filipino bishop Barlin.
Only the fourth person to receive Jorge Barlin Golden Cross, Atty. Noche is currently the Vice Dean and Law Program Director of the School of Law and Governance of UA&P.
“She has been steadfast in the defense of the Catholic teaching and Filipino values in particular with the rights of every Filipino from conception to natural death,” Garcera said.
In 2014, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the RH law, but struck down several “unconstitutional” provisions of the measure that pro-life advocates found highly objectionable.
Anti-RH groups particularly lauded the Supreme Court for declaring unconstitutional part of Section 7 which requires health facilities owned by religious groups to provide family planning methods.
During the ceremony, Atty. Noche mentioned the difficulties in defending a “popularly unpopular opinion” regarding the RH law.
“I’m truly grateful to God for the singular opportunity to put my legal knowledge and skills at the service of life,” she during her acceptance speech.
Archbishop Socrates Villegas presented the award to Atty. Noche at the Pius XII Center in Manila where the bishops held their 114th plenary meeting.
Read more at the CBCP website or watch a video of the ceremony below.