Lawmakers play blame game on RH bill delay



MANILA, Philippines – The blame game over who’s delaying deliberations on the reproductive health bill at the House of Representatives took another turn Wednesday.

In a statement, the minority bloc accused the majority of “delaying omnibus referrals of outstanding bills by the rules committee unless and until the discussions of the RH bill are reopened.”

“It is unacceptable to us that important legislation will be held hostage to any single bill, no matter how important it might be to the administration,” said Minority Leader Danilo Suarez, who read the statement.

Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II denied that there was such an effort.

“Not true.  We were not able to take up even referrals of bills or purely administrative matters the other week because the anti-RH (congressmen) didn’t want to take up anything unless there was a roll call,” he said in a text message.

“Anyway, [on Tuesday] we were able to refer all (matters) to the respective committees. Perhaps, Danny didn’t know because he was not on the floor [Tuesday],” he added.

Another member of the majority, Cagayan Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, said around 30 bills were referred to different committees last Tuesday. Like Suarez, Rodriguez is opposed to the RH bill, which is also known as House Bill No. 4244.

“It’s not true that there will be no referral of the matters and the bills to the different committees until or unless there’s already the resumption of the amendment aspect,” he told the Inquirer.

The majority leader heads the powerful committee on rules, which farms out bills and resolutions to concerned committees for proper action. Gonzales earlier announced that HB 4244 would not be discussed this week to allow the chamber to tackle other measures on the floor.

Asked where he got the information that the majority was blocking RH deliberations, Suarez said “some members aired their concern” about the referral of their respective bills during the plenary session.

They were purportedly told: “Saka na muna yan, tapusin na muna natin yung RH (Worry about that later, let’s finish first the RH bill).”

Siquijor Rep. Orlando Fua, a member of the minority and is also against HB 4244, pointed out that the measure had become “bi-partisan,” after gathering supporters and opponents from both sides of the political fence.

The chamber failed to start the period of interpellation two weeks ago, partly because it accommodated privilege speeches and also because many pro-RH congressmen were not present on the floor.

Fua noted that it was members of the majority who were fighting it out with each other during the period of amendments.

“There is no intention on the part of the minority to delay the passage of the bill,” he said in the press conference with Suarez.

“If there is any delay, it is (because of) the majority. If you look at the session in plenary, most of those who ask questions are from the majority. Seldom do we see a member of the minority interpellate the sponsors of the bill.

Rodriguez said anti-RH congressmen were concerned about the quorum because such an important piece of legislation should not be decided on by a small group of House members.

“The majority is unable to bring the warm bodies here to support their cause, while we in the anti-RH (group) are always vigilant,” he said.

“We’re always ready, but we assure them that once they take up the RH bill, we are going to stand up (and ask) that there should be warm bodies.”

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  • bong

    The people are brave but our politicians are sissy.  No balls –  afraid of the Catholic Church.  


    • boypalaban

       …at yung mga pro RH takot na mawala yung makukurakot na pork barrel

      • rising_phoenix40

        at ang mga paring anti rh takot kumunti ang abuloy at bayad sa mga church services kung kumunti populasyon!

      • boypalaban

         akala ko ba mahihirap ang kailangang pauntiin o limitahan ang populasyon?
        paano sila makakapag-abuloy kung wala rin naman silang pera kahit marami sila?
        ano ba yan…kayo kayo mismong mga pro RH kumokontra sa mga sionasabi niyo…

      • rising_phoenix40

        mahirap man o mayaman, walang exemted sa bayad sa pamisa sa patay. kung kumunti populasyon, kunti ang kita. kaya gusto nilang lumaki populasyon kesehodang naghihirap, anyway kahit mahihirap nagbabayad pa rin ng mga church fees.

      • magiting78

        Makukurakot n Pork Barrel? Saan mo nmn nakuha to…meron o walang RH Bill may pork barrel sila….Sabihin mo nga n aalisin ang pork barrel pag hnd n approved ang RH Bill ewan ko lng kht anti RH hnd magkumahog n talakayin ito…Be realistic brod…

      • boypalaban

         di ba iniipit ang pag release ng pork kapag di nila type…alam mo yan…

      • magiting78

        How true ang issue? madaling gumawa ng balita eh pero mahirap iproved…I think ang issue n yan nsa DBM not on congress. Nasa posisyon sila para gawin kung ano nararapat. The issue here dapat mag decide n sila once in for all s RH bill n ito masyado ng matagal ang issue n ito, nkk ilang palit n administrasyon ito p din issue…kung ma approved so be it, kung hnd so be it…I am against RH Bill pero ang point ko dpat tuldukan n itong issue n to kc nagagamit lng ng mga pulitiko n may mga kanya knyang interest s pulitika…example n lng yung mga re-electionist n pro RH Bill biglang bumaliktad nung kumontra ang simbahan, nasan n ang prensipyo nila.

    • magiting78

      Why they always blaming the church? Wala ba sariling pag iisip tong mga congressman? Hnd b nila n isip n hnd lahat ng mamayan ay katoliko, napakadami nating relihiyon s pinas kaya dapat hnd ang salita ng simbahang katoliko ang batayan nila, kundi kung s tingin nila ang kailangan ng bansa…The church is only voicing out what they think is against to their teaching. If they believe on chruch its up to them kung alin ang mas matimbang, bottom line nasa congress ang final saying…

  • poltergeist_fuhrer

    good one anti rh!!!kudos!!!

  • Juvanie Matunog

    Actually takot sila sa simbahan…baka sermonan sila ni father sa sunday mass nito. Mwalan sika ng buto oara sa next election.

    • boypalaban

       …at yung mga pro RH takot na mawala yung makukurakot na pork barrel

  • Hein S

    ITALY, where catolicism started, has Universal RH Bill for their people since 1970. So does ISRAEL, where Jesus was born and where the Bible was written.   Let’s not be TRYING HARD cathoilics.

    • boypalaban

      Hi Steven Zahl…iba na pangalan mo ngayon ah….pero yan pa rin ang paulit ulit mong post….

    • boypalaban

       sigurado ka na sa Israel nasulat ang biblia?

    • ApoNiLolo

      If I don’t know any better, I’d say you’re a spambot. >: D

    • magiting78

      Sabihin mo yan s mga Politiko natin n nag papaka catholic during elections…

    • jin2012

      If you want to fight for your cause, you should have at least the correct facts, otherwise your posts won’t be taken seriously.

      1. Catholicism will always claim it started with Jesus – who was in Israel not Italy.   If you refer to where Catholicism started being greatly corrupted, likely that was in Rome, as the dominant practice was polytheism.  But even before the Apostles died, corruption was already present.  See Jude 1.

      2. The bible was not written in Israel.  It was written in various places.  Genesis for one is attributed to Moses as the writer (not the author) who likely wrote it (the first 5 books of the bible) in the deserts of the Sinai peninsula ~1400BC. Note that Moses was not even allowed by God to enter the promised lands (Deuteronomy 32).  Since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, which pushed oldest known copies further back by 1000 years, the oldest copy of Genesis is now dated around 100-300BC.  The book of Daniel was likely written during the Babylonian exile of the Israelites.  Paul traveled a lot for missionary work.  So it is likely he wrote “The Letters” anywhere between Jerusalem to Rome.

  • sugbu

    Scrap this RH Bill, and instead provide more funds to Mother/child welfare through Magna Carta for Women.

  • Juan Dela Cruz

    Each day they delay costs Filipino taxpayers PHP90 Million. Shame on them! Sayang for us :(

  • bsf

    No to RH bill passage. Focus on Infrastructure projects to create jobs, education, manage increasing prices of fuel and many more. Hirap na hirap na ang taong bayan!!!

    • boypalaban

       yan ang dapat pinagtutuunan ng pansin…
      akala kasi ng iba porket may contraceptives na at may mga health centers aayos na buhay ng mga tao…
      kahit kontrolin pa ang pagdami ng populasyon lalo na ng mga mahihirap kung wala namang trabaho, wala rin saysay yang programa na yan…nakinabang lang mga pulitiko at opisyal ng gobyerno.

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