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House leaders see passage of RH bill before Christmas

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House of Representatives. RYAN LEAGOGO/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—Are congressmen opposed to the reproductive health bill headed for defeat or are their pro-RH colleagues in for a big surprise?

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte said he was “cautiously confident” that House Bill No. 4244 would be passed before the Christmas break, with voting on second reading possibly happening as early as Monday.

Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, principal author of the bill, said the defeat of amendments proposed by anti-RH lawmakers was indicative of the outcome of the measure in the chamber.

But Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles was unfazed even if his proposed amendments were ejected by Lagman and the majority of the chamber.

“To tell you frankly, it’s a good thing they are rejecting the amendments. It makes it easier for us to reject the bill,” he told the Inquirer after the session adjourned late Wednesday night for lack of enough House members on the floor. “Even if our amendments are good, they were not accepting them. If that’s the case, then let’s just vote on (the bill).”

On the third day of individual amendments, Lagman rejected Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado’s proposal to amend  the declaration of policy to now state: “The State shall promote openness to life welcoming all children born to married couples…”

“Unintended pregnancies can be referred to adoption centers in the care of private religious organizations or non-government organizations. To improve the quality of life of the family, married couples are encouraged to plan and space the children they will have with full support from the State in matters pertaining to reproductive health and responsible parenthood,” she said.

But Lagman rejected the amendment, saying the provision had been “agreed (upon) in serious consultation” for the crafting of the substitute bill. Mercado appealed the decision only to be rejected once more by majority of the chamber in a voice vote.

Anti-RH congressmen zeroed in on the same provision, but Lagman, who was defending the bill, stood his ground. He was also sustained by the chamber whenever his rejection of proposed amendments was appealed.

Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez sought to delete the entire provision.

Rodriguez and his group particularly expressed discomfort over a  clause that said: “…provided that parents bring forth to the world only those children that they can raise in a truly human way.”

Manila Rep. Amado Bagatsing wanted to remove the condition, arguing,  “Are we now saying that we will stop (poor couples) from having babies?”

Rodriguez said the provision showed that the RH bill “is clearly a population-control measure.”

“There is now here a prior restraint on pregnancy and bringing forth children,” he said on the floor, citing the constitutional provision promoting the establishment of a family based on one’s religious conviction.

“Responsible parenthood in the article on family pertains to what the family thinks as responsible parenthood and not the parenthood which the State would like to impose and coerce on its citizens,” he said.

In an interview after the session, Lagman acknowledged that the period of amendment was moving faster, saying that the anti-RH group had “realized that their colleagues in the House would not allow inordinate dilatory tactics.”

Asked if the RH bill could be passed by the House before Christmas, Belmonte said: “Yes, I’m confident, but cautiously confident. We have to be realistic. This is not a case where you can stampede it because there is hardly anybody on the other side. This is a case where many people are very conscious of the issue, as I myself think that a lot of them or all of them have made up their minds one way or the other.”

“But still we will (not) know (the outcome) until the issue itself is put to a vote,” he added.


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  • brunogiordano

    “House leaders see passage of RH bill before Christmas”

    Kailangan lang, dahil malaking disappointment kapag ito ay hindi pumasa bago mag- Christmas.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKWKD2SIVBNXCVAXXFUN37OCY4 bsf

       Obey God’s Will, NO TO RH BILL!
      Deuteronomy 30:19 “Today I have given you the choice between life and
      death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to
      witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you
      and your descendants might live!

  • browndarwinian

    “To tell you frankly, it’s a good thing they are rejecting the amendments. It makes it easier for us to reject the bill,”  – Karlo Nograles

    If your objective is (obviously) to reject the bill, why not put it to a VOTE ALREADY!!! I’m sick n tired of your delaying tactics. You’re a waste of taxpayer’s money.

    Cure for Poverty = Empowerment of Women.

    RH Bill empowers women.

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

    “Unintended pregnancies can be referred to adoption centers in the care
    of private religious organizations or non-government organizations…”

    Tsk.tsk.. is this what the anti-RH wants? It seems to me that the anti-RH are not responsible after all as they prefer to give away and part with their children just like excess puppies. End the nonsense from these anti-RH representatives and just put the bill to a vote.

    PASS THE RH BILL NOW!!

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

    TULARAN NINYO ANG NEW ZEALAND AT SUWITZERLAND MAS MARAMI ANG BAKA SA TAO KAYA SAWA SILA SA STEAK SA PILIPINAS MAS MARAMI BATANG HUBO SA KALSADA ISNATCHER SA DAMI NG ANAK UNSAFE NA METRO MANILA SA BATANG HAMOG DESPERADO TAKBO SA SIMBAHAN KATOLIKO DINADAAN SA PADASAL KAYA LAKAS NG NEGOSYO NI CARNIVAL TAGLE NGISING DEMONYO!!! PASS R.H BILL

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

    CARNIVAL TAGLE SAY YES’ TO LIFE REPRODUCTION IS MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES”

    • ARIKUTIK

      Trying hard … tingnan mo ang iyong leeg baka may anino ng kalawit

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EXFI4EUGM23PQ4FMQKLVH36OXI Jose

      Wag nalang si Tagle, si Palma nalang.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EXFI4EUGM23PQ4FMQKLVH36OXI Jose

    This and the FoI bills being passed would be the best Christmas presents the government could give the country, IMO.

  • ARIKUTIK

    Just Vote. If RH bill dies in Congress, Fine ! if it survive then let the battle enter into higher mode. The battle will continue with out end and P.Noy is the one to be cut off.

  • ARIKUTIK

    P.Noy is the head master of RH bill. Cut off his PSP head. Humans is not computer games.

  • opinyonlangpo

    RH Bill is safe and satisfying sex life with free condoms and contraceptives for the poorest of the poor.  Someone clarify where the empowerment of women comes in. How about empowerment of men, does this bill discriminate men?

    • ARIKUTIK

      RH bill is for the sex maniacs who Pak like dogs with illecit cats. Only the ev*l rich needs this bill. Not the loving couples.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jake.dionisio.5 Jake Dionisio

        Its not for the loving couples. Its more for the idiot couples.

    • vendetta07

      by preventing another mouth to feed if she could not afford it.

      • opinyonlangpo

        I see, so that is what it mean by “empowerment of women” in the Philippines. Thats good.  Thanks.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jake.dionisio.5 Jake Dionisio

        Imagine a woman’s husband forcing her to have sex with him. Would that be pleasurable/satisfying for her if she didn’t want it?

      • opinyonlangpo

        That’s why above I stated it as theoretically not possible.

    • just_anotherperson

      I have to share this article:

      Philippines to Guarantee “Pleasurable Sex?”
      By Wesley J. Smith

      Sabi niya “I am not sure how the state can guarantee pleasurable sexual experiences. But I have no doubt that there are many imaginative and radical ways in which this putative “right” could be interpreted. Efforts to remove the clause from the bill have failed.”

      www(dot)nationalreview(dot)com/human-exceptionalism/334899/philippines-guarantee-pleasurable-sex

      • opinyonlangpo

        How are they going to do that? Everyone has each own type of sexual satisfaction, confusing and theoretically not possible unless it is drug induced.

  • ARIKUTIK

    The ammendment stating that RH bill is only for “married couple” was rejected. Then for whom this RH bill ? For the sex maniacs to be supported by Foreign Drug companies salivating for govt. guaranteed Profits.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6LVAN7WBZHVKDAY7A65MB4V34I Rolando

    Ang pagdami ng tao sa Pilipinas ay dahil sa klima natin. Kung tayo sana ay may apat na panahon tulad sa mga kanluraning bansa, magagaya tayo sa langgam na ang paghahanda sa darating na tag-yelo ang dapat atuparin. Kung hindi patay ang kinalabasan. Liliit ang populasyon ng ating bansa kung lahat tayo ay may hanap-buhay at lalong liliit kung ituring natin ang “sex” na para lamang sa pag-buo ng pamilya. Huwag nating sisihin ang simbahan; sisihin natin ang ating sarili kung bakit tayo ay naghihirap. Hindi naman gusto ng simbahan ang pagsasama ng hindi pa kasal at lalong hindi sa same-sex marriage. Pasinin natin na bago ang kasal ay may mga katuruan na pinatutupad ang simbahan na sa aking palagay ay makakatulong sa pagsasama ng mag-asawa habang buhay. Ang paggamit ng “condom” ay nangangahulugan lamang ng pag-kawala ng “self control”. Katunayan, hindi masarap ang sex kung may condom! Rhythm lang ang kailangan para hindi dadami ang mga anak. At please lang, huwag nating gayahin ang ilang artista at politiko ng dahil sa kanilang pag-yaman ay break kaagad (legal separation) kung hindi na nila gusto ang ka-partner. Hindi RH bill ang kalutasan ng ating pag-hihirap; ang kalutasan ay nasasa-atin lang. 

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

    nagiging very obvious na kung sino sino talaga ang mga walang silbing mga congressmen/women ..I hope INQ.does not fail to publish the Pros and Anti ng Redundant RH Bill na ito.

  • Facile1

    Can a government with a long record of human rights violations truly be taken seriously when they declare a “safe and satisfying sex life” is a basic right?

    If the whole point of the RH Bill is to provide for a “safe and satisfying sex life”, the Lady Senator can achieve these ends (and save the Filipino taxpayer a whole lot of pesos) simply by providing all with vibrators.

    And just so we’re clear on this point, I am also speaking as a woman.

    But EXPOSING healthy Filipina women (albeit the “poorest of the poor”) to the UNNECESSARY risks (however small) of oral contraceptives when free, safer and healthier alternatives exist only shows CONTEMPT.

    The RH Bill has shown only contempt for the Filipino woman.
    The RH Bill has shown only contempt for her social status.
    The RH Bill has shown only contempt for her religious convictions.
    The RH Bill has shown only contempt for her constitutional rights.

    BUT most of all, the RH Bill has only contempt for her healthy female body.

    The RH Bill will limit the population growth of the POOR and the IGNORANT, and SOMEONE will profit from the passage of the RH Bill. But let us not pretend that the sex life of the Filipino people will be safer or more satisfying for it.

    Vote ‘NO’ to this contemptuous — and contemptible — RH bill.

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

    Be not afraid of the catholic IMAMS.

    PH is a Democracy, and not a Theocracy.

    The Majority Prevails.

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

    IPASA NA ANG R.H BILL MALAY MO PAG DATING NG ARAW MAGING NEW ZEALAND TAYO MAS MARAMI BAKA SA TAO KAYA WALA GUTOM” SA PILIPINAS MAS MARAMI BATANG PALABOY SA BAKA KAYA GUTOM” BAKIT NAMAN KAYO MGA PILIPINO PAKALAT KALAT ANG BLESING NINYO NAKA HUBAD PA SA KALYE TAPAT PA NG SIMBAHAN PABILHAN NINYO KAY CARNIVAL TAGLE NG DAMIT  KAYA DAMI ISNATCHER SA LABAS NG SIMBAHAN SA BAGAY MARAMI DESPERADO LAKAS KOLEKSIYON NI CARNIVAL TAGLE MAMASYAL ULIT YAN SA ROME NAKS” BASTA CBCP BISHOPS TALIBAN TERRORIST”

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

    CARNIBAL TAGLE SAY YES’ TO LIFE REPRODUCTION IS MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKWKD2SIVBNXCVAXXFUN37OCY4 bsf

     Obey God’s Will, NO TO RH BILL!
    Deuteronomy 30:19 “Today I have given you the choice between life and
    death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to
    witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you
    and your descendants might live!

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

      Type BBC PAGPAG on Youtube and see what the Poor Pinoys eat.



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