Absentee solons urged to show up for RH bill



Albay Representative Edcel Lagman. RYAN LEAGOGO/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—Frustrated over frequent absenteeism on the floor, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman has written his fellow congressmen urging them to make a “sacrifice” and show up during plenary deliberations on his pet proposal, the reproductive health (RH) bill.

“Let us collectively seize the moment and deliver without further delay the bill which is pregnant with fulfillment for maternal and infant health, reproductive self-determination as a human right, and sustainable human development,” he wrote in a letter titled “Appeal to All Authors and Advocates of the RH Bill.”

“Let us offer our constituents a small measure of sacrifice by responding to this urgent quorum call.”

Lagman, chief proponent of House Bill No. 4244, said his letter was sent to more than 100 coauthors and “another group of several dozens of confirmed advocates and supporters who are committed to vote for the measure.”

The bill got stuck in the stage allotted for amendments and could not barrel through primarily because of lack of quorum.

Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II noted that most of the lawmakers who skipped the session supported the measure.

Lagman disagreed. He said, “I am happy to note that despite the absence of a quorum during the previous session days, majority of those who responded to the roll call are RH authors and advocates.”

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  • basilionisisa

    Why not just lift it from the amendments stage and move it to the Voting stage, regardless of quorum or not. Let not negligence and laziness of some lawmakers derail an important Law. Nothing will be achieved in the House if the Agenda wait for them as they please.

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

    PNoy should certify RH bill as urgent. PHL is running out of time and we are falling behind the rest of ASEAN. Vietnam and Indonesia have already overtaken us, perhaps in a decade we will be overtaken also by Cambodia and even Myanmar. 

    High time to free our country from the burden imposed upon us by the RC church. High time to move forward and attain equitable development for the majority of our populace.


  • blainz

    PNoy should threaten to withhold disbursement of a portion of a congressman’s pork barrel with each absence producing lack of quorum. For ANY bill. Watch them run back to their seats.

    Culture of impunity = being paid to loaf around.

    Lest I forget, are those representatives from delisted party-lists still receiving their salaries, allowances, and pork barrel? Shouldn’t they be expelled already?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SW6KXGNWNTZ2IU3DPAFIYIXNB4 CliffordM

    My Goodness is this bill gonna be passed or not? Its too long and those Congressman have no projects made in their pork.

  • KapitanBagwis

    These absentee solons are getting paid by the people’s tax money, why are they not doing their job?

    Publish the list of all these solons and do not vote for these lazy idiots.

  • bgcorg

    The democratic process rules by the will of the majority.  That the House cannot manage a quorum yet the rh measure is barrelled through would not be democratic, It would be tyranny!
    If proponents of the rh bill cannot achieve a quorum, this fact alone speaks volumes.  Maybe the so-called proponents are not too convinced about the measure’s timeliness now; maybe “population” is rightly viewed as a dynamic reality conditioned by migration, urban de velopment, labor and employment and such a legislated policy could be counterproductive to changes in national demography; maybe, certain provisions that are not controversial and divisive can serve as amendments to the existing multiplicity of laws that it is now seen that the rh bill which decidedly promote artificial contraception is, rock bottom, not necessary absolutely; maybe, lawmakers have found ways alternative to the aggressive stand of some to adopt a strictly contraceptive culture and now they disown being part of the “national suicide” option posed by international and influential groups for their own vested and commercial interests; maybe, now legislators have realized that legislation is not a matter just by congressional fiat, but conformance too, to cultural and moral values, the Constitution, tradition, customs and practices and breaking away from them may not be in the best interest of the country, only to look in vogue and “modern.”

    Oh, there are a lot of reasons why the House cannot muster a quorum!  There is no point even for Pnoy to muscle his way to force the issue on the legislators.  This will only confirm the despotic tendencies of this administration, call a stark contrast to what the government should be doing pristinely and with priority to fight poverty and corruption, not by an immoral way, but by way of hope, social justice and charity for all.  The state is to establish a just social order and not being open to life is not part of that but an attention drawing tactic that serves as a smokescreen to the small man’s real needs.  NO TO THE RH BILL! 

  • speedstream2

    Does an appeal for “sacrifice” still work these days? With the holidays fast-approaching and the election season gradually shifting to high gear, how about we go to the nitty-gritty: what’s in it for me? Like it or not, that’s how the cookie crumbles.

  • mangtom

    These lady lawmakers ought to realize that attending sessions is not like attending class in school. If a student skips class, he is the loser. If a lawmaker skips a session, the taxpayers lose. He is there to do a job and not fool around. 

    Please publish the names of those members who play hookey so that the voters will not elect them in the next election. 


    Pass the RH bill, you idiots.

  • mangtom

    Correction, please. The previous post should read “these lazy (not lady) lawmakers”.

    • http://ourleftfoot.blogspot.com/ Tristanism

      LOL. I think you can actually edit your posts here. Go ahead and change the text. :)

  • Hfxwst

    Bishops must be getting nervous they are no longer be able to use government legislation to force all pinoys to live according to Catholic law?  

  • Facile1

    “Let us collectively seize the moment and deliver without further delay the bill which is pregnant with fulfillment for maternal and infant health, reproductive self-determination as a human right, and sustainable human development,” (Lagman) wrote in a letter titled “Appeal to All Authors and Advocates of the RH Bill.”

    So, the RH Bill is pregnant now? Contraceptives didn’t work?

    The ability to become pregnant and to carry that pregnancy to term are defining FUNCTIONS of a healthy female human body.

    The use of oral contraceptives only exposes a woman (who may be perfectly healthy albeit poor) to UNNECESSARY risks.

    If the authors of the RH Bill were truly serious about “maternal and infant health”, they would STRIKE OUT all references to the free and indiscriminate distribution of oral contraceptives in the RH Bill.

    There are safer and healthier alternatives to Family Planning that will NOT expose the Filipino female human body to UNNECESSARY risks, even in the name of “reproductive self-determination as a human right”.

    Sex on demand without fear of pregnancy does not empower women. Making women ‘more like men’ diminishes her role as an equal partner in Family Planning. If men don’t want children, don’t bother healthy women. There are HEALTHY transgenders.

    As to “sustainable human development”, this is only a problem to corrupt governments that believe in taxing their citizenry and enriching themselves. The food, healthcare and education of the poor quickly become ‘unsustainable’ when public servants must have their cut of the tax revenues.

    Someone will profit from the passage of the RH Bill. But let us not pretend it will be the Filipino woman.

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

    PH still under the Shackles of DAMASO.

    Our non-catholic neighbors are way way ahead of us.

  • tamumd

    And why do we – the citizens, have to beg for these congressmen to “sacrifice” and  to show up there in the halls of congress? Isn’t that their job…and aren’t we paying for their salaries? Unbelievable. I don’t care if they are for or against the RH bill. They need to show up their rears there so that we can decide what to do with this bill. If it is voted down..so be it. We have other issues to tackle. We need to know the names of those congressmen with the worst attendance record so that we can get rid of them in future elections!

    • IanAlera


      it just shows that the opportunistic pro-rh congressmen do not have the balls to stand for the bill.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

    Why the President & Speaker of the House silent in this HB 4244 that will benefited the less fortunate couples and womans pre-natal and pos-natal health medical support?

    Im sensitive for passing of this HB4244 for immediate action and result. This could have relation to POLITICAL PARTISAN in Aquino administration that this HB4244 will be junk because the authors are coming from opposition side?

     The silent of the President and not agressively pushing this HB4244 due to political advicers and the President lisent and not using his brain to work? Instead, make relax by smoking and playing with it!

  • jeffrey_01

    Publish the worst attendance.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

    To Inquirer, kindly provide us the list of attendance of congressman & senators with their absent in order we can multiply it by sharing to other blog sites to know by the public. Its the right of the Pilipino people what are congressmen productivity and as Tax payer we have the right to DEMAND!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

    In the other tabloid … said to protect “Catholic votes”….

    Its clear that Catholics votes… means …. Roman-Catholic church corruption in Philippine government.

    Lets analyzed this congressmen most of them are roman-catholics member ….this congressmen gives donations and contribution more than ordernary member like me. But since more corruption happening in our government this roman-catholic Vatican based church promoting corruption(through catholic votes) in our government done promoting good public service and real good standard living in the Philippines.

    Pleaser remember the cars that funded by PCSO for some of clergy during Gloria Macapagal Arroyo presidential term.

    ROMAN-CATHOLIC CHURCH where I’m a member is PROMOTING CORRUPTION IN PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT through Catholic votes that preserve by roman-catholic politicians. Im saying this not to put roman-catholic in shame but to face reality(need roman-catholic reform) in Philippine politics & religion…. as the constitution mandate… ang estado ay hiwalay sa simbahan.

  • No Mind

     pag natalo ang condom, hayaan natin ang simbahan gumawa ng paraan para lahat magka trabaho para walang nagugutom. let these prayer warriors ask God to fill empty stomachs of millions. if they all die out of hunger, the church has an answer for it. all of them are going to heaven. (coz they dont use condoms!) – agta

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