by Hilary White

MANILA, April 25, 2006 ( – Manila’s mayor, Lito Atienza has ordered Manila Police District (MPD) to continue to crack down on vendors selling Cytotec, an abortion inducing drug. Manila police this Sunday, seized 1,792 tablets of Cytotec, a prostaglandin compound used as part of the drug regimen in chemical abortions.

The regimen, known collectively as RU-486, is illegal in the Philippines and has caused the deaths, not only of unborn children, but in many cases, of the mother as well. The seizure was part of a buy-and-bust operation and was part of a crackdown on illegal distribution of abortifacient drugs ordered by Atienza, last year.

Police arrested Manila resident Teresa Lozada, 48, in the bust outside a church. Police Insp. Cesar Teneros said Lozada was known as one of the biggest sources of abortion pills in Manila.

A year ago, reported that police in the Philippines were investigating the illegal activities of internationally funded Non-governmental Organizations (NGO’s) that were distributing abortifacient drugs. Mayor Atienza came under much criticism in the international press when he ordered police to crack down on groups bringing the killer drug RU-486 into the country.

Atienza, who also chairs Pro-Life Philippines, stood up to the international population control lobby on this and many issues. Atienza called the dealers of the abortion drugs and contraceptives, “peddlers of death.”

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