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‘Aquino would vote for RH Bill if he could’—Lagman

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Albay Representative Edcel Lagman. RYAN LEAGOGO/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—President Benigno Aquino III may not have certified the Reproductive Health Bill as urgent but his call for legislators to vote within the week was enough for the main proponent of the measure.

Albay Representative Edcel Lagman told reporters that “positive developments…are now unfolding” for the substitute version for House Bill 4244 more popularly known as the RH Bill.

“Although the President didn’t tell us to vote categorically for measure, he unequivocably and repeatedly said that if he could he would vote for the RH Bill. It is a clear statement of endorsement—it is unmistakable,” he said.

This was what Aquino told more than 170 lawmakers who met him for lunch earlier to discuss the RH Bill’s fate as sessions dwindle due to the upcoming holidays.

“This personal appeal is stronger than a certification,” said Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat, adding how “theoretically, we can pass it on second reading tonight.”

Pro-RH lawmakers are eyeing to pass the bill before Christmas break and Lagman said that this target was still on for them.

He believes that the antis have exhausted all possible tactics to delay developments on the RH Bill but pointed out that killer amendments would be rejected.

Even with the lack of quorum plaguing sessions at the House of Representatives, the RH Bill proponent said that anytime they do reach a quorum, the House leadership will try to resume deliberations for the bill’s individual amendments.

“Anytime we have a quorum, we (the pro-RH solons) have sufficient number,” Lagman assured.


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Tags: Benigno Aquino III , Edcel Lagman , Reproductive Health Bill , RH bill


  • boypalaban

    masigasig talaga sa pagtataguyod ang tagapagtanggol ng magnanakaw at pekeng presidente at thief justice…

    concern daw sa mahihirap at kababaihan? uto uto lang maniniwal diyan kay kups lagman…

    pito ang anak niyan na pinakain sa kaduda-dudang paraan…

  • pololoy

    mang lagman, pasensya na pero zero na po ang iyong credibility

  • No Mind

    God be with you. Change the world. We need it! Make your legacy.

  • kilabot

    the rhbill is like lagman’s brother, killed by his own comrades.

    No to rhbill;
    No to same-sex marriage;
    No to man-beast union.

    • Guest

       no to the crab kilabot

  • Bengatibo

    Walang political will si Pnoy. Takot sa mga pari!!! It is up to the congressmen to vote according to your conscience. This if for the future of the Philippines. Sa inyo nakasalalay ang future nang ating bansa, Kayo na ang bahala, kung gusto niyong umasenso ang Pinas!!! 

    • boypalaban

      di aasenso ang pilipinas hanggat nandiyan ang gaya ni lagman…di pa nagbabayad yan ng utang sa sambayanan….
      walang concern yan sa mahihirap at kababaihan…puro pera lang at pangungurakot nasa isip niyan…

  • regd

    Wrong answer Mr. Lagman! You are under our payroll to enact laws to benefit the many, why the heck do you care what the President want? Let him mind his own business! DO YOURS!

  • manny

    Pnoy did not certify the bill as urgent. But PDI is twisting the fact, and so does Lagman.  If it is not declared as urgent, then there is no use voting for it by the end of the week, there is no urgency.  Why then are the proponents of the bill is darn persistent in having it passed by the end of the week?  Pressure from the international community?  Were there money involved? How much?   How large?  Even this Ifugao representative is pushing for it, as though the hills of the Mountain province is teeming with heads and butts at mahuhulog na sila sa bangin sa dami nila dun.   Travel to the provinces.  Ganun ba kadami mga tao dun?  Alam ko sa mga urban centers lang.  Well then pass bills that will promote rural development so that problems of underdevelopment can be addressed more effectively.  

    • boypalaban

      sobrang dami na yata ng tao doon at nagsisiksikan na…patayo na matulog….at magpapatayan na kapag walang RH Bill….ayon na ang usapan ng mga tao sa palengke…sa mall…sa mga eskwelahan…grabe…mukhang magkakagulo talaga kapag walang libreng contraceptives….

      tiba tiba mga tongressman diyan pag naging batas yan….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VY25ZOHU3FJFFX6CYSH5W4AX3I sugbu

    Noy,,makinig ka naman kay Buwayang Lagman…kitakits kayo ni Little Girl !

  • manny

    Tanong lang Bengatibo. Bakit matatakot si Noynoy sa mga pari, may army ba mga pari?  Hawak ba nila mga pulis?  Mauutusan ba nila mga heneral na lusubin ang Malacanang?  Kala ko ba majority sa mga pinoy ang pro RH, eh ano kinakatakot ni Pnoy sa mga pari?  Di ba dapat mga pari matakot kay Noynoy, at Lagman, at mga politiko kc hawak nila militar at pulis, not mentioning goons and guns ng mga politiko.  Para yatang di tama un logic.

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

    CBCP is grasping and hanging on the last straw. It knows quite well that if the RH bill passes, it means the end of its stranglehold on the Filipino people.

    Enough of the RC church’s meddling and intervention. Pass the RH bill and give the poor the chance to improve their living conditions.

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

      MITSUBISHOPS are getting Desperate.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    SANA NGA MAIPASA NA R.H BILL TULARAN NATIN ANG SINGAPORE NA MAY R.H BILL ISA SA PINAKAMAYAMAN BANSA SA BUONG MUNDO KAYA DAMI PILIPINO DUN KATULONG KATOLIKO AT CARNIBAL TAGLE SUMPA YAN NG MGA KASTILA SA PILIPINAS ASAHAN MO PAG DUMAMI BATANG PALABOY PATAY GUTOM DESPERADO NANJAN ANG MGA OBISPO PARA MANINGIL PINAG KAKAKITAAN LANG ANG MGA MAHIHIRAP NAGIGING BASURA PINAS UNSAFE NA METRO MANILA DAMI ISNATCHER TERRORISTA TALAGA ANG MGA KATOLIBAN!!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    BENIGNO AQUINO WAG MONG DAANIN ANG BANSA NATIN SA PADASAL NAGINAGAWA NG MGA CBCP OBISPO KATOLIKO SUMPA YAN NG MGA KASTILA SA PILIPINAS PARA DUMAMI DESPERADO AT PATAY GUTOM TINGNAN MO NAGIGING UNSAFE NA METRO MANILA SA MGA ISNATCHER”’ SAVE OUR COUNTRY TO KATOLIBAN EXTREMIST!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    CARNIBAL GAUDENCIO ROSALES IS A DEMONS” CARNIBAL TAGLE KING OF EXTREMIST CBCP BISHOPS SAY REPRODUCTION IS MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES”’ 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    KATOLIKO SUMPA NG KASTILA SA PILIPINAS PARA DUMAMI PATAY GUTOM AT DESPERADO KAHIT ITANONG MO KAY DR. JOSE RIZAL 

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

    Listen to the PRO-RH Majority and not the catholic IMAMS.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002207384387 Andrei Mendoza

      you mean the imams of the katolibans?

  • Guest

    I am just wondering why no of the pro-RH politicians have ever considered pushing their agenda through referenda. 65 million voters are even for the CBCP hard to contain. This would have ended the debate, regardless what outcome.

    But I think, the prospect to have more democracy in this country are even for the pro-RH solons a nightmare. No power to the people but all the money to them.

  • disqusted0fu

    who cares if he would vote for it or not?! that is why there are three branches of government and each have their own duties. mind your own business and start doing your own responsibilities as the chief executive for a change!

  • Your_King

    Aquino probably doesn’t have a clue the ins and outs of the actual bill. Remember this is the same President who signed into law a bill that was unconstitutional just the other month. Does anyone really think that Aquino goes through each bill and reads them? I don’t think so or at least it doesn’t seem so.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rionelle10 Rionelle Deluvio

    To our respectable lawmakers, please vote on the RH Bill with our RIGHT, TRUE and MORAL CONSCIENCE grounded on man’s relationship with God.

    Rio Deluvio
    2ELS
    University of Santo Tomas

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/W4FALOIF46UQ36TU2VBXDNZO5Q benise

    To our respectable lawmakers, please vote on the Rh bill with out right, true and moral conscience grounded on man’s relationship with God. 

    Benise Madamba 
    2POL1
    University of Santo Tomas

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RJQ2HKUJDYKO4IME2F3GPWL5RY Kristel Capio

    To our respectable law makers, please vote on RH Bill with our RIGHT,
    TRUE and MORAL CONSCIENCE grounded on man’s relationship with GOD.

    Ma. Kristel G. Capio, 2POL1
    University of Santo Tomas

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YILMNHFR2WTRLXAS4GRUW3H4WY Madge EileenC

    To our respectable law makers, please vote on the RH Bill with our RIGHT, 
    TRUE and MORAL CONSCIENCE grounded on man’s relationship with GOD.
    Madge Eileen S. Cometa, 2BES2, UST

  • http://www.facebook.com/fayecabalang Faye Cabalang

    To our respectable law makers, please vote on RH Bill with our RIGHT, 
    TRUE and MORAL CONSCIENCE grounded on man’s relationship with GOD.

    CABALANG, ALYSSA FAYE P.2POL1
    University of Santo Tomas

  • http://www.facebook.com/jcaloy Juan Carlo Castañeda

    To our respectable law makers, please vote on RH Bill with our RIGHT,
    TRUE and MORAL CONSCIENCE grounded on man’s relationship with GOD.

    Juan Carlo Castañeda
    2POL2
    University of Santo Tomas

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ACWCHWS3WLJ6BCSST3OTRJ7AJQ Jane

    To our respectable lawmakers, please vote on the RH Bill with out RIGHT, TRUE and MORAL CONSCIENCE grounded on man’s relationship with God.
    Sarah Jane Casasola
    2ELS
    University of Santo Tomas

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000308106220 Edry Dinapo

    To our respectable lawmakers, please vote on the RH Bill with our RIGHT, TRUE and MORAL CONSCIENCE grounded on man’s relationship with GOD.
    Dinapo, Federico L.
    2Pol1
    University of Santo Tomas



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