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Aquino statement on responsible parenthood ‘safe’ , says Sotto

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Senate Majority Floor Leader Vicente Sotto III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Senate Majority Floor Leader Vicente Sotto III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Senate Majority Floor Leader Vicente Sotto III on Tuesday said that President Benigno Aquino III issued a safe position on the controversial reproductive health issue in his state of the nation address on Monday.

Speaking to reporters, Sotto said that Aquino instead talked about the passage of the responsible parenting bill, which Malacanang has submitted to the Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council.

“I think the president gave a very safe statement. Some people wanted to think that it was the RH bill he was pertaining to. But he was I think, it was an advice. To me it came as an advice,” Sotto said.

Aquino on Monday received cheers from supporters of the RH Bill when he mentioned in passing the responsible parenthood bill in his congressional speech.

“Everybody is in favor of the responsible parenthood bill as a matter of fact, Archbishop Oscar Cruz said that responsible parenthood means planning your family and the number one component there is natural family planning method. Kaya maganda yung pino-propose ni president [That’s why the proposal by the president is good],” Sotto said.

He added that the President’s proposed responsible parenthood bill may have a better chance of passing in the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Nevertheless, Sotto said that there were similarities between the responsible parenthood bill and the pending RH bill especially on the provisions for maternal health care, protection of women and the unborn. There are differences, however, regarding the purchase of contraceptives and abortifacients.

Meanwhile, when asked if the Senate will adapt the Malacañang’s version, Sotto said: “It depends on the period of amendments.”

He added that the Senate would begin its deliberation on the RH Bill either on August 6 or August 13.


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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_O5TQQYPGVHXCQLU4BRQR4FVBNA ramone

    Archbishop Cruz says that responsible parenthood refers to natural family planning and that Pnoy does not know what he is talking about. But granting that responsible parenthood is a term used in catholic circles and it refers to natural family planning, still the question is asked: Does the Church have a monopoly of the meaning of the term. Does not the meaning of words also evolve? It seems that Archbishop Cruz does not know much about the philosophy of language.

    • just_anotherperson

      According to Humanae Vitae:

      Responsible Parenthood

      10. Married love, therefore, requires of husband and wife the full awareness of their obligations in the matter of responsible parenthood, which today, rightly enough, is much insisted upon, but which at the same time should be rightly understood. Thus, we do well to consider responsible parenthood in the light of its varied legitimate and interrelated aspects.

      With regard to the biological processes, responsible parenthood means an awareness of, and respect for, their proper functions. In the procreative faculty the human mind discerns biological laws that apply to the human person.

      With regard to man’s innate drives and emotions, responsible parenthood means that man’s reason and will must exert control over them.

      With regard to physical, economic, psychological and social conditions, responsible parenthood is exercised by those who prudently and generously decide to have more children, and by those who, for serious reasons and with due respect to moral precepts, decide not to have additional children for either a certain or an indefinite period of time.

      Responsible parenthood, as we use the term here, has one further essential aspect of paramount importance. It concerns the objective moral order which was established by God, and of which a right conscience is the true interpreter. In a word, the exercise of responsible parenthood requires that husband and wife, keeping a right order of priorities, recognize their own duties toward God, themselves, their families and human society.

      From this it follows that they are not free to act as they choose in the service of transmitting life, as if it were wholly up to them to decide what is the right course to follow. On the contrary, they are bound to ensure that what they do corresponds to the will of God the Creator. The very nature of marriage and its use makes His will clear, while the constant teaching of the Church spells it out. 

  • http://twitter.com/adzrn adzqdelfin

    i think there should be a separation of state and religion. 

    • just_anotherperson

      Sa taong walang religion okey lang kung puro state ang masusunod.

      • Bidang

        Father JA hindi naman pwede diktahan ninyo ang gobyerno dahil hindi lang katoliko ang relihiyon sa Pinas.. Ang ibang religion halos karamihan pabor sa RH bill. At ayon sa survey 71% ng mga pinoy ay pabor na maipasa ang Rh bill. Kaya huwag na ninyong linlangin ang mga tao sa mali ninyong pagka intindi sa RH bill. Bakit inuugnay ninyo ang abortion sa RH bill. ang contraception ay hindi kailan man isang uri ng abortion, at yung mga black propaganda na ginagawa ninyo na kaya pursigido ang gobyerno na ipasa ang RH bill kasi merong lagay ang pharmaceutical companies sa ating mga politiko na nag sulong sa RH bill, ito’y isang malaking kasinungalingan. Kung nagbabasa ka ng banal na aklat ayon sa Exudos kapitolo 20 ang pagsisinungaling ay isang kaslanan.. kaya sa ginagawa ninyong paglinlang sa taongbayan lumalabag na kayo sa kautosan ng mahal na panginoon. sana itigil na ninyo ang panlilinlang sa taongbayan para umasenso na ang ating bansa at tayong lahat magkaisa at harapin ang mas lalo pang mabigat na hamon ang pag angkin ng bansang China sa ating teritoryo.

      • just_anotherperson

        Mali po kayo. Maraming katoliko ang pro-life kaya nga hindi mapantayan ng Pro-RH ang dami ng tao sa pro-life rally. Magbasa muna po kayo kung paano pinipigil ng birth control pills ang pagbubuntis bago po ninyo sabihin na hindi ito abortifacient.

        Ang resulta ng survey ay depende kung paano ginawa ang tanong.  Alam naman ninyo yan.  Kung napanood ninyo ang debate sa TV5, kitang-kita na habang napapaliwanagan ang tao ay lalo silang pumapabor sa Pro-life.

      • innit1

        I am a Catholic and I am pro life, that is why I really want the RH Bill to be implemented as law. Like many other Filipinos we would like to give access of contraception to many mothers/couples who can not afford them because we want parents to plan HOW MANY children they want and WHEN to have their children. We do not want to see children in the streets begging, and starting life as petty criminals leading to hardcore criminals. We do not want to see child labor, we do not want to see child prostitution, we do not want to see child neglect and abuse. We are pro LIFE. We want to see LIVES of these children that is happy, free from misery and sufferings. We want to see quality of LIFE. children living in a loving family.

        The governmnet is giving people access to these contraception because that is the job of the state, to give option and to solve an existing problem(overpopulation and poverty). The governmment is not forcing anyone to use contraception. If you want to have as many children as you want because you can support them, that is perfectly fine. If you want to have children after two years, then contraception comes in. It is not right that you just make babies and can not give them food, home, education, love, and security. That is wrong. It is a massive responsibility to create a HUMAN Life. You are responsible for that life and responsible to GOd for that Life.

        Whe GOd created us humans, he gave us everything we need and that is what He wants parents to do when they create HUMAN Life.

        There are many reasons why couples plan children.
        1. Couples want to enjoy their married life first.
        2. they want to save money before having babies.
        3. Couples are still undertaking educational studies.
        4. Couples are not mentally ready to have children yet. etc etc.

        In any way, contraception is not abortion.

        Filipinos are PRO LIFE. Pro quality of LIFE, PRO RH BILL.

  • ApoLapullapu

    Ang ibig sabihin ay “iwas pusoy” ang SONA sa Presidente sa isyong pinag-usapan. Ang talumpati ay masarap pakinggan sa mga sumang-ayon at umaayaw sa RH Bill. The speechwriter deserves tio be rewarded.

  • Guest

    Komentaryo ito ng isang newspaper man hindi po ng isang senador, Marami na ang na ” SANDBAG ” dyan eh !

  • spearheads

    See how this website twisted their report yesterday? Among their alleged politicians who praised PNoy’s SONA was conspicuously Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano. Yet, today we learned that Sen. Cayetano questions the accuracy of PNoy’s statistics presented in his SONA, more particularly those involving crime and health care. It’s really funny in this website. Sorry PDI but I am just stating a fact. It’s your reporters that needs to be disciplined. However, you are most welcome to delete this post a.s.a.p.



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