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Aquino not pushing hard enough for RH bill out of fear of Church–Santiago

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Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago. MATIKAS SANTOS/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III is not pushing for the passage of the reproductive health bill as much as he pressed for the removal of former Chief Justice Renato Corona and for the synchronization of the elections in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao with next year’s mid-term national elections, a top proponent of the bill said Saturday.

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, one of the authors of the RH bill in the Senate, said Aquino would not want to cross swords with the Catholic hierarchy and was, thus, opting for a low-key discussion of the maternal health and population management measure in Congress. The bill has been languishing in the legislative mill for 11 years now.

“Naturally, the President is a politician so he knows that there might develop a crisis between state and religion or there might develop a chill in the relationship between Malacañang and the Catholic clergy,” Santiago told reporters after speaking on Saturday before the Catholics for RH group  in Quezon City.

“So although the President is in favor of the RH he wants a low-key, not an intensely, verbally violent debate.  That is the reason why the President is not really pushing it among the members of his coalition in the Senate,” she added.

A day after finishing a Senate inquiry into resigned Interior Undersecretary Rico Puno’s alleged anomalous authority as an undersecretary in charge of the PNP, Santiago appeared to have moved on by returning to her advocacy of the RH bill.

She, nonetheless, continued to take potshots at Puno for his denials, Malacañang for requiring her to submit a list of questions for the Cabinet members invited to the hearing, and her own colleagues, who questioned her jurisdiction and the hearing’s validity.

“How can I show the Philippine public [that jueteng is a national anomaly] when there were no Cabinet members? There was only an undersecretary who kept on saying, ‘That’s not true, that’s not true, that’s not true’,” Santiago said.

Santiago said she kept her temper in check at Friday’s hearing because of her hypertension but told her audience in jest that she wanted to exchange blows with Puno.

She also had a joke for Puno.

“Sana birthday candle ka na lang.  Para pag pinatay kita papalakpak sila (I wish you were  a birthday candle. So when I snuff you out, people will applaud),” Santiago said to her audience’s delight.

Santiago said the while there are only four Liberal Party members in the Senate, other senators would naturally want to be on the good terms with the administration.

“They are in control of the Senate. Although there are only a few of them—there are only four LPs—it’s but natural that everybody would want to go along with the administration. That’s natural in politics,” Santiago said.

“But the President doesn’t want an all-out war [on the RH bill] because he doesn’t want to quarrel with the Catholic Church,” she added.

The other RH bill author, Senator Pia Cayetano, was allowed to introduce committee amendments two weeks ago but Santiago expressed doubt that the RH bill would further be tackled this year as Congress goes on recess after this coming week.

Santiago said she was hoping that public sentiment in favor of the RH bill would force leaders of the Senate to put the measure to a vote in January before the campaign period starts in February.

“We only have one week left then we go on a break and after the break, we’ll already be discussing the national budget.  It seems like we have no more time. We can only continue the debate by January when we resume our session,” Santiago said.

Santiago said it was about time the bill was put to a vote as she believed all the questions regarding the measure have been answered. She accused Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III of delaying consideration of the bill.

“We’re hoping that we can provoke enough public disgust over this continued delay by calling it cowardly so that they will be compelled to participate in the voting,” Santiago said.


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  • patriotic_act

    PNoy is scared to be “Ex-Communicated”

    • IsipPinoy

      If doing what is good for the people the church will excommunicate Pnoy then so be it. The church is not Pnoy’s boss.

      • patriotic_act

        I agree.. but catholics grew up with innate fear in their hearts because they where “not given a choice” when they are baptized during their infancy.

        I just hope that PNoy has the political will and principle.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MDOEHEMLNVSTET7ZCS2MKQ7WRI Flavio

    humirit na naman ‘tong si brenda o . nasaan ba ang doktor nyan lukaret na iyan. turukan na iyan ng pangpakalma ….

    • spearheads

      Hoy dogyot, wag kang magalit kay Santiago dahil pangalawa lang siyang nagsalita sa malamig na suporta ni PNoy sa RH bill. Inulit lang ni Santiago ang sinabi ni Gonzales. Ang unang nagsalita ay si House Majority Floor Leader Gonzales, at isipin mo isa sa malakas na kaalyado yan ni PNoy. Kahit kailan walang sense ang post mo. Mahiya ka naman sa sarili mo at magaral ka naman kahit papaano.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MDOEHEMLNVSTET7ZCS2MKQ7WRI Flavio

        hoi herculangot , magtigil ka nga sa kahibangan mo. kung gusto ni brenda maipasa ang RH bill , bakit hindi nya gamitin ang bunganga nyang amoy imbornal at sermunan nya ang mga anti RH senators na sina enrile , sotto atbpa ? dahil ang kaya lang nya ang mga katulad mong bugok. bweseeet….

      • spearheads

        Mas bugok to the max at bweseeet ka Flavioluga….

      • Charlemagne_hannibal

        HERCULBOT na butbot…HERCULUGA! 
        Ang maniwala sa siraulo ay isa ring SIRAULO at kulang ng turnilyo…Ikaw, MUKHANG PERANG RETARDS AT PRANING tulad ng idol mong si Merriam BRENDAMAGE Santiago…” I lie. , I lie….” Ramos cheat me…hihihi…”

      • catherine sien

         hwag po sana mag-away.  sa nababasa ko pong mga sinasabi ninyo e para na rin po kayong katulad noon nagwawala pag bilog ang buwan.

    • catherine sien

      ask ko lang po.  baka bilog po ang buwan ngayong mga panahong ito? 

  • marcos_hitler_diktador_tuta

    Daming pakulo ni Brenda. Kayo ang nagsimula niyan, tapusin niyo.

    At least when it is finally passed in Congress, PNoy is one less obstacle to worry about.

    • spearheads

      “PNoy is one obstacle to worry about.” Whoa, whatchamacallit and likes to boot huh?

      “Aquino not pushing hard enough?” Maybe, there is a problem with the “software”? Probably heavily infected with the yellowvirus and needs some anti virus scan, don’t you think so, Sen. Santiago?

      • Charlemagne_hannibal

        BOBO, hindi pusher si PNOY, presidente sya..lol…Lahat na lang ba iaasa nyo kay PNOY… Mahiya naman, kumilos at magtrabaho kayo mga tamad na, corrupt pa tulad ni PIGGY MIKE Arroyo..Ang maniwala sa siraulo ay isa ring SIRAULO at kulang ng turnilyo…Ikaw, MUKHANG PERANG RETARDS AT PRANING tulad ng idol mong si Merriam BRENDAMAGE Santiago…” I lie. , I lie….” Ramos cheat me…hihihi…”

  • just_anotherperson

    Aminin na kung talo at huwag yang kung ano-anong rason ang sasabihin.

    • spearheads

      Hindi aaminin ng mga pros at ng administrasyon na talo sila kaya nag”palusot” na kaagad ang House at Senate na kulang sa oras. Suma total RH bill will be archive forever. With this divisive issue costing Congress much time, effort, and money, no lawmaker will resurrect it in the future.

  • mangtom

    From the way things are looking, Senator Santiago should be in Malacanang instead of this gutless, and walang yagba na Noynoy. Now Noynoy is proving himself that he is more a traditional politician than a statesman. And current developments have indicated the power and influence of the Catholic Church in the Philippine government-indeed, a Catho-lick country-how sad and disgusting. Noynoy is a butt-licker of the mitsubishops, obvious na obvious

    Senator Santiago ought to run for president in the next presidential election. She is fearless and principled person. I am sure that more people like me are now admiring her for speaking her mind no matter who is masagasaan and she is speaking the TRUTH. More power to you, Senator Santiago. 

    Now Pass the bloody RH Bill, with or without the all-out support of this spineless, wishy-washy pwesident. Let us show to him that there is separation of church and state.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MDOEHEMLNVSTET7ZCS2MKQ7WRI Flavio

      hoi supot , talagang uror ka araw araw ! fearless and principle ba kamo si brenda ? bakit noong kaliwa’t kanan ang katiwalian sa gobyerno ni gloriakot hindi pumipiyok iyang idolo mong cira ulo ? pweeee..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

      Admiring MIriam? Nope, not the YELLOWTARDS……

      • Charlemagne_hannibal

        ikaw, MUKHANG PERANG RETARDS AT PRANING tulad ng idol mong si Merriam BRENDAMAGE Santiago…” I lie. , I lie….” Ramos cheat me…hihihi…”

    • Charlemagne_hannibal

      Ang maniwala sa siraulo ay isa ring SIRAULO at kulang ng turnilyo…Ikaw, MUKHANG PERANG RETARDS AT PRANING tulad ng idol mong si Merriam BRENDAMAGE Santiago…” I lie. , I lie….” Ramos cheat me…hihihi…”

    • catherine sien

      NO to RH Bill!! i think it is more of fear of their consciences blatantly telling them what is TRUE that makes the legislators think twice before voting.

      • IsipPinoy

         Are you kidding? Since when nagkaroon ng concience ang mga politikong iyan specially yung mga anti RH bill.

      • catherine sien

         IsipPinoy,  paano po ninyo alam na walang konsyensya ang mga anti-RH bill proponents?  kayo po ba may konsyensya at kung mayroon man, informed conscience po ba ang sa inyo o puro paghuhusga ang ginawa ninyo? yon lang po.

  • elimsqui

    why are you congressmen and senators not pushing it hard? kayo ang takot kasi eleksyon na sa next year. kung maipasa nyo yan sigurado ako walang isang minuto aprobado na yan ni pnoy…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

    This shows that Pnoy has NO BALLS to go against: RC Church and PUNO, among others. In short, just like any TRAPO, he doesn’t have the political will.

    • spearheads

      Meron din naman siyang political will. Yon nga lang, limited lang kay GMA,. Corona, at lahat ng mga kalaban sa politika. Other than that definitely, you are correct.

      • Charlemagne_hannibal

        Ikaw meron ka balls? bakit nuong panahon nang amo mong magnanakaw , GMA -CORONAROYYO, bulag, pipi at bingin ka? kasi mahilig ka lang kumain ng balls diba? TSUpaeng est TSUPAbert…HIPOKRITONG BAKLA!

    • Charlemagne_hannibal

      Ikaw meron ka balls? bakit nuong panahon nang amo mong magnanakaw , GMA -CORONAROYYO, bulag, pipi at bingin ka? kasi mahilig ka lang kumain ng balls diba? TSUpaeng est TSUPAbert…HIPOKRITONG BAKLA!

    • Guest

       ”This shows that Pnoy has NO BALLS to go against.” Nonsense, he simply needs to save his back for the political day. That’s political business.

  • spearheads

    PNoy’s lukewarm support for the RH bill is only for political convenience. It is just in answer to the demand of the western communities more specifically the UN. If these pro RH supporters, composed mostly of the yellow tribe, want to know the true sentiments of PNoy on the RH bill, then they should ask his sisters to declare in public their support on the measure. In truth and in fact, this RH bill puts PNoy in a dilemma kaya iwas pusoy yan at “tuwid na hintuturo” sa Kongreso. Minority floor leader Gonzalez already sent a veiled message to PNoy to pressure his allies in Congress to pass the RH bill. He too knows that PNoy is scared to death on the RH bill.

    The foregoing are the reasons why I repeatedly posted here that RH bill is kaput, dead, gone, destined to be archive till Kingdom Come. Next legislative agenda, please.

    • just_anotherperson

      Tama ka.  Ded na ang RH Bill.

      • IsipPinoy

         Yan ang gusto ng mga obispo – death and birth kasi in each occasion may income ang simbahan. Pag marami ang pinapanganak marami rin ang kita at pag namatay naman kumikita pa rin. At kahit matagal ng patay ang tao pinagkakakitaan pa rin from indulgencia, pamisa, etc. More people born more money for the church.

    • muddygoose

      People who support the RH bill don’t support it because of Noynoy, and most especially don’t support it because of Miriam. And who cares about Noynoy’s sisters? They are not even in government.
      Of course, people who don’t support it are the ones who love the status quo, yung mga nakikinabang sa kawalan ng kaalaman at choices, lalu na ng mga kababaihan.

      • spearheads

        We will believe you if you wash yourself first from your own mud, muddygoose.

      • muddygoose

        And here we go again with the senseless responses from our pseudo-critical friends playing the dirty game of propaganda.

      • spearheads

        What do you mean “pseuddo-critical”? Do you mean that I am a false or sham critic of PNoy? Are you insinuating that I am his fanatic like you? In your dreams dude! You are getting paranoid, take your medicines and get some sleep.

      • muddygoose

        Yes, you are a true critic of PNoy. But that is all you are.

  • kapatad

    P’Noy is not fearing the Catholic Church, he is fearing for his salvation. Baka mapunta siya sa impyerno. 

    • spearheads

      “Salvation”? You missed one letter, more appropriately, PNoy is is fearing for his “salivation.”

    • IsipPinoy

       Ano ba ang impiyerno? Nanggaling ka na ba doon?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

    Don’t introduce any amendment to the RH bill’s original form but put it in a vote ASAP. The public should know how their representatives will vote, whether they will follow the voice of their constituents or the order of CBCP. The longer this bill is being debated the more it will be watered down and could just eventually result to anything but the will of the RC church.

    High time for our lawmakers to show patriotism and think about PHL’s interests and not that of Vatican’s that is already very rich.

  • http://twitter.com/verolee96 Vero Lee

    SANTIAGO IS RIGHT! WHAT ARE YOU WORRIED OF, MR AQUINO? PUSH THAT RH BILL SO HARD! HARD ENOUGH TO CHOKE CBCP.

  • Avery_23

    That’s not the only thing he fears. He also fears losing his “friends” who are just using him to do their corrupt activities, as such, he has to protect them.

    • IsipPinoy

      Why don’t you name the “friends” and offer proof of alleged corruptions. If you can’t then what you’re saying are just plain BS.

      • Avery_23

        Conchita. Puno. 

      • IsipPinoy

         Pangalan ba yan, bakit may tuldok after Conchita. Anyway, now that you have a name why don’t you file a complaint against this person in court. I will commend you if you do that.

      • Avery_23

        Conchita Carpio-Morales, the ombudsman. Former Usec Puno. And a whole lot more. One Dir has retired, so I am nto going to include her.
        I do not care if you commend me or not. Who are you?

      • IsipPinoy

         If you are sure about your allegations of corruption against the people you mentioned and have evidence to prove them then JUST FILE A COMPLAINT. Bring it to the court para malaman natin kung totoo nga ang iyong mga accusations or paninira lamang.

      • Avery_23

        Are you new int he Philippines? Don’t you know how the courts work? Do you know that Conchita was a SC justice?

      • IsipPinoy

        That’s only an excuse because  you really don’t have anything to prove your accusations. Would you like somebody call you a thief without the accuser presenting any evidence? How would you feel?  Let me ask you this: Was Gloria Arroyo and her cabal not corrupt? By the way , I’ve lived in the country maybe longer than you do so I know where I’m coming from.

      • Avery_23

        Say whatever you want. 
        Why did you bring up Arroyo? Yes, she was corrupt. Does it mean then that it gives Aquino’s cabinet the right to be corrupt?
        I have presented Conchita Carpio-Morales with the proof and she knows what she did, I shouldn’t even have to show it to her, but just in case it was a error in judgement, which apparently it was not.
        If you have lived in the Philippines for a very long time, then how come you are so ignorant of some of its ways?

      • Avery_23

        Aquino already has them.

      • Guest

        IsipPinoy = yellow fellow

  • spearheads

    O heto pa mga yellowtards, idagdag nyo pa sa pangungunsume ninyo kay Sen. Santiago. Quote:

    PNP Head says jueteng flourished under Aquino”

    “The Aquino administration had done little and did not have enough resolve in eradicating the illegal numbers game jueteng, Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Nicanor Bartolome practically confessed before Senate probers yesterday, saying  the jueteng activity even flourished during Aquino’s watch.Bartolome added the “legal” counterpart of jueteng which is the government-run “small town lottery” (STL) has proved to be a setback in their effort to curb the said gambling operations estimated to be raking in P30-billion in income yearly.Retired Lingayen Archbishop Oscar Cruz told the Senate committee on constitutional amendments, revision on codes and laws chaired by Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, practically backed up the latter’s assertions on supposed existence of a highly influential “jueteng protector” supposedly in the administration.”

  • indiosbravos2002

    So much provocation from Brenda pati kasama niya na proRH eh binibira nya. The prsident has already made his stand on the issue. Ang laban ng RH eh nasa kongreso na. Hindi ba dapat turf na ito nila Brenda at mga proRH enators.
    I think Brenda’s obsession with Puno has clouded her judgement. She thinks the executive is shielding Puno thus her attack on the president.

  • jawaini

    akala ko ang 3 branches sa goberno Judiciary, Legislative, Executive..ay co-equal..bakit kailangan ng ibang mga senador or congressman mag papogi pa sa administration wala ba silang sariling lakas???parang di p rin balance ang power…mas powerful pa rin ang executive kung ganoon ang siste…about thisRH bill it’s high time to put it into voting para matapos na ito..11 years to decide it is not enough????.kung palagi tayong sa CBCP walang mangyari sa bansa na ito…hirap na nga tayo ngayon…ano pa kaya kung maging 300 milyon na tayo…so we have to do something now or else tomorrow will be too late….botohan na ang RH bill ASAP….

  • mangtom

    FlavioCollapsehoi supot , Hello, mitsubishop pervert Flavio. Magandang araw father na wala namang anak. Meron ka palang anak anakan-yong mga sakristan na sodomy victims mo.

  • Filipinoflash

    Smarting from defeat pa rin si Brenda. Move on ka na!

  • Filipinoflash

    Ibagsak si GMA! Ibagsak si COrona! 

  • rjimenez1226

    Santaigo is again misdirecting her bile. She shoudl direct it to Enrile, Sotto and Lapid, the three  evil senators whho are derailing the bill. Hambug at sinungaling talaga itong si Santiago.

  • rjimenez1226

    Santaigo is again misdirecting her bile. She shoudl direct it to Enrile, Sotto and Lapid, the three evil senators whho are derailing the bill. Hambug at sinungaling talaga itong si Santiago.

  • rjimenez1226

    Santaigo is again misdirecting her bile. She shoudl direct it to Enrile, Sotto and Lapid, the three evil senators whho are derailing the bill. Hambug at sinungaling talaga itong si Santiago.

  • rjimenez1226

    Santaigo is again misdirecting her bile. She shoudl direct it to Enrile, Sotto and Lapid, the three evil senators whho are derailing the bill. Hambug at sinungaling talaga itong si Santiago.

  • basilionisisa

    hindi pa rin nakakapuna itong si Sen Santiago na wa epek ang paninisi nya sa Malakanyang, ano kaya ang magagawa e sya itong nasa senado? SIYA ang mahina at natatabunan sya sa speech. Ipadiretso na lang nya ito sa botohan, dun baka makita kung may lakas ang Palace, na alam naman ng lahat na suporta sa RH Bill. So what are you waiting for, Senator, stop whining ang put the RH Bill to voting! Tapusin na yan this year!

  • jinx

    Even though I’m a strong supporter of the RH bill, I would rather that Sen. Pia Cayetano gets vocal about it.  If it’s from 2pak Santiago, expect it to be laced with some malice and some vengeful attacks. You see, she didn’t get what she wanted yesterday – crucify Puno. So now, she vents her anger at some “imaginary” forces behind it.

    If 2pak was really sincere in her support for the RH bill, she could have strongly refuted Sotto’s absurd statements against the bill earlier.  She could have denounced the blatant plagiarism committed by his colleague. Surprisingly, she was a no-show. Is that because she doesn’t want to confront Sotto, her long-time ally with Gloria? 

  • adam_d_ant

    huweteng and rh bill i-push ni simeon?  pag ang kalaban ay babae, matapang si simeon.  pag kailangan gamitin ang puwersa ng gobyerno sa mga kaaway ni simeon, matapang din s’ya.

    pag huweteng?  ano kayo hilo?  kahit sinong pinoy alam na ang ugat ng huweteng ay protection from high government officials.  kaya me huweteng kasi me padrino.  sino?  oooops ….. hindi na masisi si gloria, abalos at corona dito.  me mga maligno sa palasyo na nagtatago sa dilim.  matataba, kalbo at matatandang pulitiko ang mga ‘to.  hindi mahuli or else masisipa ang maglakas loob na ibuking ang mga maligno.

    rh bill?  kung i-push ni simeon ang mga alaga n’ya sa senado, tapos na ‘to.  kaya lang me election pa next year  … saka na.  problema na ‘yan ng sunod na presidente.  takot sa mga obispo ang kumag …. 

    • GuestUzer

       Takot sa mga OBISPO pag me election? Di naman mga Bobo ang mga katoliko para sunod sunuran sa mga OBISPO. Naniniwala ako na marami pa rin matalinong katoliko sa bansang to.

      • IsipPinoy

        Tama ka dyan. A vast majority of Catholics still use their brains and do not allow themselves to be treated like herded cattle by the bishops.

  • Beguine

    The protracted and ongoing controversy about the RH Bill
    has in effect already apprised everybody in this country about
    the need for contraception and making everyone’s personal
    contribution to keeping a very close watch and prevention of
    rapid population growth.

    It doesn’t need concern PNoy any longer, it’s definitely out of his
    hands. And Miriam Santiago,as usual, is barking up the wrong tree.
    Madder again? But that’s nothing new. She’s a joke, and she’s the first to realize
    it. Her so-called fans just welcome the oxygen intake. But
    Miriam herself should beware. She might collapse one of these
    days, and go into a coma, which will serve her right.

  • mangtom

    sabi ni basilionisisa: So what are you waiting for, Senator, stop whining ang put the RH Bill to voting! Tapusin na yan this year!

    Sagut: Tama ka, basilionisisa. Ano ang kinatatakot ng mga mitsubishops, S-otot, Enrile, Pumasan (fence sitter-goes where the wind blows, meaning-opportunist-kung saan may pakain, doon siya pupu nta), IanAlera, herculubus, etc. kung talagang they have the votes? Eleven years na hindi pa nasagut ang mga issues nila-ibig sabihin mga bobo sila. It does not take that long to thresh out those issues. Sabihin natin na 1,100 ang mga objections nila, kung they can tackle 100 every year, in eleven years, tapos na sana. Pero malinaw na footdragging sila kasi alam nila na papasa yong RH Bill na yan in a split second pag-ilagay sa voting sa both houses. Kahit 1,000 years pwede silang magfilibuster kasi super galing naman si Villacorta na magsubo (handfeed) kay S-otot ng mga plagiarized materials niya. Sige, S-otot, open your big mouth once more ang get roasted in this forum-ha,ha,ha.

    You will go down in Philippine history as the master plagiarist sa Philippine congress. I know you do not give a dam# kasi utak pelikula ka, lahat na sinasabi so sa pelikula ay hindi galing sa sarile mo-isinusubo lang nila sa iyo. 

    Pass the RH Bill Now. Out of style na yong filibustering na palusot mo. Kopya lang naman ang mga dinadaldal mo. Umuwi ka na. You are a disgrace to Philippine society.

  • IsipPinoy

    PNoy, the Church is not your boss. We, the people are your bosses and we have your back kaya listen to Sen. Santiago and push for the passage of RH bill.

  • IsipPinoy

    I think ang dapat gawin ni Sen. Santiago ay mag-tatatalak siya everyday sa Senate hanggang sa sumakit ang tenga ng mga kasama nya at pumayag na lang na ipasa ang RH bill ng matigil na lang siya. Hehehe. Who knows, it might work.

  • joshmale2004

    Tutal di na nasusunod yung separation ng affairs ng Church at Estate, dagdag pa ng sobrang pakikialam ng Catholic Church sa politics at Government affairs, mas maganda siguro may magpasa ng bill sa Congress na dapat magbayad na din ng tax ang church. Sayang din naman ang kikitain sa tax lalo na maraming nakukuhang pera ang mga church na tithes at donations. Napupunta lang sa Vatican pera at bulsa ng mga pari.

  • joshmale2004

    Madam Miriam. The Bill is already in the Senate and you just have to motion for a vote. But you are barking at the wrong tree when you just need to impose your will on JPE, Jinggoy and Lapid. However, I know your main point is not about the RH Bill. Your pointing to the President that he can enforce his will on the Bill is just a ploy to reinforce your belief that the President was hands on and forced the impeachment of Corona. Kitang kita naman sa pagkasabi mo eh. Hehe. We don’t have to read between the lines you uttered.

    • Marx Louis Wang

       Kapag nag-push hard ang presidente sasabihin niya diktador. Saan nga ba lulugar ang presidente?

  • mangtom

    Pass the RH Bill…..period, period ad infinitum.

  • Jose de la Cruz

    I don’t agree with Senator Santiago often, but this time I do. President Noy Aquino needs to show some leadership to get the RH Bill passed into law. His vacillating on this urgent piece of legislation will be seen as “weakness” by his critics. 

    PNoy should show the same kind of energy and drive he had in getting Corona impeached, to push for the passage of the RH Bill to reduce poverty in the country. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NV25ZPWMBDYFXEYR3AWQ43ZS5E Hein S

    ITALY and ISRAEL, where the Original christians came from, have Universal RH for the people.

    MAJORITY of the Pinoys want RH !!!

    • $31701260

      i read this argument many times. it will not fly. dump the RH bill !

      • IsipPinoy

         Kailangang ulit ulitin para mabuksan ang pagiisip ng karamihan sa sumasalungat sa RH bill.

  • Guest

    Miriam Defensor-Santiago, that really surprises you? Aquino could not even push through the sin tax and FOI bills and then you expect that the most controversial bill will be passed in a breeze?

    That is the political scene of Manila: lethargic, inconsequent, to some extent incompetent and corrupt.



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  2. Filipinos, Dane re-enact crucifixion of Christ
  3. Magnitude-7.5 earthquake shakes Mexican capital
  4. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  5. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  6. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  7. Massive infra spending set
  8. Easter crucifixions draw huge crowds
  9. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  10. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  1. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  2. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  3. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  4. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  5. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  6. MH370 co-pilot made mid-flight phone call – report
  7. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  8. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  9. Massive infra spending set
  10. OFW brings MERS virus to Philippines
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Model Helena Belmonte wished ‘to slash her wrist and hope to die’
  5. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  6. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  7. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  8. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’
  9. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  10. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
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News

  • Korea ferry captain defends actions, bodies seen in ship
  • Traffic starts to build up at toll plazas on Black Saturday
  • Flash floods hit 9 Tagum villages
  • No tsunami to hit PH after 6.9 quake jolts Solomon Islands–Phivolcs
  • Search resumes for bodies in Everest avalanche
  • Sports

  • Hamilton takes pole at Chinese Grand Prix
  • Duke’s Rodney Hood joining Jabari Parker in NBA draft
  • Phelps entered in 3 events at comeback meet
  • Boston prepares for huge wave of marathon visitors
  • Motivated LeBron James preps for postseason
  • Lifestyle

  • Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • Entertainment

  • Myx TV premieres Asian American ‘docu-series’
  • A nutty finale for ‘Scandal,’ TV’s craziest show
  • EXO postpones release of mini album ‘Overdose’
  • ‘X-men’ filmmaker slams ‘fabricated’ sex attack claims
  • Singer Chris Brown’s bodyguard on trial in DC
  • Business

  • Fiat-Chrysler to produce iconic Jeep in China from 2015
  • US commerce secretary spells out economic facet of ‘pivot to Asia’
  • Italy sells luxury state cars on eBay
  • Asian shares mostly up in quiet trade
  • Dollar up in Asia on US jobs data, Ukraine deal
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • We treasure our Sierra Madre
  • OFW from UAE tests negative for MERS-Cov–health chief
  • Multicultural flock marks Good Friday in San Francisco
  • Las Vegas ‘Pinoy Pride’ fest hails Filipino heritage
  • Marking Jesus’ journey on Good Friday
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