Senators to hold session for RH bill


Senate labor chairman Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Senators will hold an extra session next week  to tackle  the reproductive health (RH) bill if the House of Representatives manages to pass its version before Congress goes on break this month.

“The Senate President (Juan Ponce Enrile) has already agreed to the additional session day for the chamber to vote on the measure on third reading. This assumption is if the House will act on the measure,” said Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada. “If the House does not  act on the measure, I think there is no point in us having a session on Thursday.”

Under the compromise, anti-RH Senators Ralph Recto and Vicente Sotto III should finish their proposed amendments to the RH bill by Wednesday and Monday, respectively.

This move was labeled as a compromise to the latest wrangling in the Senate on the RH bill as Sotto vigorously opposed moves to tackle the population control measure ahead of other bills scheduled for deliberation.

Sotto shot down a move by Sen. Pia Cayetano, an author of the RH bill, to move the discussion on the bill from page 4 to page 1 of the Senate agenda yesterday.

Cayetano was keen to conclude the period of amendments before the Christmas break in order to give time for Congress to have it approved in the separate chambers and at the bicameral conference committee.

But Sotto was adamant about getting all the details from the RH bill proponents first before moving forward to the period of amendments. “How about you, when were you forced to amend?” asked Sotto at the rostrum. “What’s so important about passing it before Christmas when we are scheduled to stay here until February?”

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago stood up to back up Cayetano and urged the Senate to  give “interdepartmental courtesy’’ to the President who has “articulated his desire” to prioritize the RH bill. Gil Cabacungan

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  • zeroko

    Freedom of information is very very very very important. I just hope and pray that this bill becomes a law. I’m a candidate, and I can not get the information on list of accredited Local ORganizaton and also the list of Senior Citizens here in Quezon City because Bistek and his hordes has politicize these two organization and has ordered that these list should never reach the oppositions. He he he! Mantakin mo, tax money ang nagsusweldo sa mga kumag na ito, ngunit ang amo nila, sa halip na ang mga mamamayan o kinasasakupan nila, ang boss Bistek ang pinagsisilbihan nila?

    Akala ko ba decent ang politics natin sa Pinas. COMELEC policy is “equal opportunity.” Baki ayaw ibigay sakin ang listahan e, public document naman yan di ba?

    Babanatan ko si Bistek, ang kalaban ko dahil sa sahod niyang P15,600/month, kaya niyang mamigay ng Futon, “Made in China” sa LAHAT ng Barangay (143 in all) dito sa Quezon City na nagkakahalaga ng “One million each.” Ano siya, mayaman? Ba, pera ng tax payers yan, at hindi sa kanya. Sa isang pangkaraniwang barangay, may roon kaming 4 na “Multi-cab”, 4 na motorcycle with side car, I brand new ban SUV na bigay ni Councilor Suntay, 1 brand new van na bigay ng mga Belmontes, 1 Futon na bigay ni Bistek, at 4 na bicycle. Naging motor pool tuloy ang kalye namin. He he he. Mayaman ang barangay, libre ang diesel at gasolina samantalang ako naglalakad sa init at ulan, kumakain sa karinderia, at etc. 

    Eto ba ang klase ng local governance ang gusto ninyo, “living like a King?”

    • EOJ


      Hamug lang yan!

  • Jose

    I wonder who Sotto will be plagiarizing then?

  • bgcorg

    I wonder whether the Senate that had come to be known for its independence and integrity would just be like a rubber stamp?  Sen. Santiago would seem to see her role that way.  Christian senators, please remember that even if you’re “the king’s faithful servant, you are God’s first.”  An uninformed conscience, i.e., not accepting  the teaching of the Church, is maybe an erroneous, affected, pharisaical, lax or doubtful conscience.  Objectively, only a certain conscience, informed by correct Christian principles and teachings of the Catholic Church is the only safe practical guide to action.  Vincible ignorance has to be removed.


    • ern

      When you accommodate anybody’s request to tackle something, you are not being a puppet…BOBO!

      Just ignore the RH Bill if you do not need it yourself. Others need it…leave them alone.

    • Jake Dionisio

      Lol… “Objectively” and saying the teachings of the Catholic Church as “the only safe practical guide to action” is not being objective if you’re a Catholic.

      Please. Stop trying to push Catholicism to other people. I may be a Catholic but I respect the right other people to choose their own religions. Keep in mind that there is religious freedom here in the Philippines. And if the state respects that separation, then we should also expect the Church to respect it. 

    • vendetta07

      God would approve of the RH bill

  • eagleclaw101

    job are meant to enact specific laws that will deal for the betterment of
    family life by proper spacing, regulating the number of children to be raised
    in the family through the introduction of contraception and birth control. While
    the Catholic Bishops job are meant to manned the pulpit and address their
    faithful to deviate from promiscuity, pre-marital sex, extra marital sex, and
    teen age pregnancy as these kind of activity and personal pursuit not only
    violate Catholic teachings, in the same manner, grossly violates sacred God
    teachings. So, instead of wasting your precious time lobbying at the
    air-conditioned legislative houses…go back to your respective pulpits and
    deliver your sermon.      

    • VicenteBoticol

      The Catholic priests and bishops are mostly engaged in promiscuity,immoral sex,pedophilia,ivory smuggling,corruption while roaming around in their luxurious SUVs and living in expensive mansions.

      • John

        wag mong gamitin ang hinala at galit mo sa mga pari para kalimutan ang kung anong alam mong tama!

  • tukmoldinako

    take your time until you realize that this is not necessary, better put the budget involved to devastation brought by Pablo, lumingon kayo roon kaawa awa ang mga tao, hindi yang perang para sa condom /contraceptives na ipamimigay kuno walng gagamit nyan. turuan nalang ng responsible parenthood ang mga constituent.

    yung mga tao sa Katiil, iprayorities ninyo.

    • Jake Dionisio

      Idala mo yan sa ibang usapan. Reproductive health ito, hinde disaster relief. Alam namin na may kailangan ang mga tao na tinamaan ng Pablo. Marami sa amin nagpapadala ng tulong. Hinde mo na kailangan mag-reklamo sa mga usapan ng ibang issue.

      • tukmoldinako

        o sige, RH bill daw, bat ba atat na atat kayong aprubahan kagad ito, dapat inaayos mabuti , pinaguusapan kung ano ang tama, tanggalin ang budget nayan ewan ko lang kung may magkakainteres pa dyan, e tax payers money nga balak ipamudmod as condom, contraceptive and free abortion for the poor, kaya yung immorality ng mga bata e tataas, kasi pwede nang ipalaglag.  O mga bagay na ito napag usapan naba, wag madaliin, he he he

      • John

        may tama ka jan. Wag gamitin ang tax na pinagpapaguran ng mamamayan para lang suportahan ang pleasurable sex ng mga irresponsableng tao!

      • tukmoldinako

        may tama karin john, the word is ” irresponsible people” , and what we need is more on educating them to be responsible parenthood which i always include in my thread. But of course , we can only shout but nobody listen, lol

      • concern_netizen

        May ‘tama nga kayong dalawa.  E kung sapat naman ang kinikita ni Juan upang magpalaki ng san dosenang anak na may sapat na pagkain, aruga, at edukasyon… e di mag san dosena siya!  Di naman to pinagbabawal sa RH bill.  Di naman ikukulong si Juan dahil lang sa di niya iningatang mag plano ng pamilya.

        Ang RH ay para sa mga responsableng magulang na gustong pagkasyahin ang maliit na kita nila sa tamang bilang na anak.  Kung naisin nilang magpalaki ng iilang anak lang upang ang bata ay lumaki ng malusog and tapos sa pagaaral, responsibilidad ng gobyerno na bigyan siya ng sapat na pamamaraan upang matupad ito.

      • tukmoldinako

        para kang ikaw ang gobyerno pagnagsalita, ano magiging responsibilidad ng gobyerno na bigyan yung sandosenang anak ng sapaat na pamamaraan upang matupad ito, isang pamilya palang pinaguusapan natin, buong pilipinas kaya.kaya ba ng guyerno yun, pangako na naman yan, ano ang definition mo ng responsableng magulang, isa dalawa tatlong anak , liwanagin mo , at sila ang mabibigyan ng tustos ng gubyerno,  pinaliwanag ba yan sa RH bill na ito,  kaya ang usapan sa itaas ay pagusapan at liwanagin at wag atat sa basta nalang inaapprubahan,  sa sinasabi mong katuparan ng bill na yan eh napakalaking budget nyan, ibig sabihin hindi maliwanag sa tao. nung nakaraan may ipinasang bill k12 mantakin mong pinatutupad na dipa pala pasado eh yung kapasidad ng publik school, eh parang sardinas na ang mga bata, may matutunan kaya sila, at ang purpose  ng bill ay improved education kuno..

        walang akong tutol sa anumang bill basta maayos na pinapatupad, hindi basta lang pasa ng pasa at di man lang pinagaralan.

  • ern

    Sen Sotto you resign if you cannot consider the pulse of the majority of people. Senate is not a personal affair.

  • concern_netizen

    Hindi trabaho ng gobyerno ang mangaral ng moralidad sa mamamayan.  Ang tanging hangad ng gobyerno ay bigyan ng sapat na paraan ang mamayan na pumili ng tinatanging laki ng pamilya upang umusbong ang kanilang kabuhayan at panatilihing may sapat na pagkain sa hapag kainan.  Tandaan natin na hindi lahat ng Filipino ay miyembro ng simbahang katolika, at hindi lahat ng miyembro ng simbahang katolika ay sang ayon sa RH bill.

    Ang pangaral ay trabaho ng mga obispo.  Nagmimistulang tamad and inutil ang mga pari at obispo sa pag-ako sa responsibilidad na ito.  Gusto nilang ipasa sa gobyerno ang kanilang trabaho marahil upang mag hugas kamay sa kakulangan sa pangaral nila.  Kung sila ay may panindigan at kumpiyansa sa kanilang adhikain, hindi sila dapat mangamba na pabayaang gampanan ng gobyerno ang tungkulin sa LAHAT ng mamamayan, habang sila naman ay pabayaan ng gobyerno na tuparin ang tungkulin nilang pangaralan and mga miyembro ng simbahan.

    • boldyak

      at gamitin ng gobyerno ang pera na binayad ko sa tax pambili ng condoms para sa mga tamad at irresponsableng mga manyakis, bigyan ng condoms ang mag taong walang iniisip kung hindi maghintay ng biyaya galing sa gobyerno, wala na ngang nagawa sa kabutihan ng bayan nagiging pabigat pa sa lipunan…at inuulit ko na mga tamad lang ang hindi umaasenso na kahit condom para mailabas nila ang kanilang kalibogan hihingi pa ng condom sa gobyerno….anong klaseng society meron tayo sa pinas?…it hurts but that is the truth…mga politiko na inaalagaan “kuno” ang mga mahihirap pero sa totoo ini-exploit nila para sa pansariling kapakanan…””””isipin dapat ng mamayan kung ano ang maitulong nila sa bansa nila at hindi yung maghihintay ng kung ano ang ibibigay ng bansa nila sa kanila””.hanggang hindi magbago ang pananaw ng mga pinoy walang patungohan ang bansa natin…mapasa pangkaraniwang tao at sa mga politiko…wag na tayong magplastikan pa..harapin ang katotohanan at alamin ang pinaka-ugat ng problema at yan ang bigyan solusyon…wag gamitan ng band-aid ang malaking problema ng bansa…”maling pag-iisip ng karamihan ang sanhi ng problema”…

  • VicenteBoticol

    Senator Tito Sotto….ang KAPAL ng MUKHA will be remembered in history as SOTTOCOPYA….SOTTOCOPIER at KAPALMUKS.  Remember Pepsi Paloma when you oppose the RH BILL ….Ilang stralets nba ang na TORJACK mo?

    • Isha Carandang

      Parang mas makapal ang face mo! It may be not time that we will see the bad effects of the RH bill but our children and their children will suffer them

  • John

    Pia wag kang atat..kating kati ka naman sa makukurakot mo eh

  • Bruno Hicban

    Talagang itong si Pia Cayetano sasagasaan ang lahat maipatupad lang ang basura nyang RH Bill.ang maamong tupa nagiging mabangis na hayop pag sariling interes na ang pinaguusapan.

  • RyanE

    Have the schedule fixed for next week Mr. Senator Estrada as definitely the House will pass the RH bill for good!

    Sen. Sotto knows it pretty well that the more he can delay voting on the bill, the better for his patrons in CBCP, and the better the chances for the bill to be forgotten in the long run.


    • John

      no, it’s just that the pro-rh senators are craving for the bonus they will get from the big companies that’s why they want to make miracles before Christmas

      • RyanE

        hehehe.. here’s another victim of CBCP’s misinformation.. tsk.tsk

  • Oliver

    These two women who are urging for the immediate passage of their safe and satisfying sex bill are maybe don’t have this. Pls wag nyong idamay ang kinabukasan ng mga Pilipino dahil lang napagkatuwaan nyong magkaroon ng plaesurable sex ang bawat Pinoy!

  • Fulpol

    Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago stood up to back up Cayetano and urged the Senate to  give “interdepartmental courtesy’’ to the President who has “articulated his desire” to prioritize the RH bill

    how about “intersectoral courtesy” Miriam? the sector of Catholic Church…

    your interdepartmental doesn’t owned the Philippines…

    • Jake Dionisio

      What? … The bill isn’t forcing the Church to change its views or beliefs. The bill isn’t forcing the people to change their views or beliefs. If a person is against the use of contraceptives by virtue of his beliefs and religion, he/she is not required to use them.

      Frankly, that, in itself, is the “intersectoral courtesy” you are referring to. If they wanted to disregard that, they would have just removed the Church altogether. But, they didn’t.

      • Fulpol

        you are just trying to argue that drafting policies should only be constrained between gov’t agencies, politicians and lawmakers..

        what kind of state is that? tyranny?

        if they didn’t disregard the Church, they have no more reason to debate on RH Bill, because it is already abandoned..

        but you can see, BS Aquino III is pushing its approval… his Executive dept.. should undermine the Legislative dept of Senators and Congressmen… Miriam, that is not even a “courtesy”… that is rudeness, killing the independence of the legislative dept…

      • Jake Dionisio

        Well, if we’re going to pull the Church into law-making, we should also include the other religious groups, right? Unless you’re saying they don’t matter.

        On that note, we should also tax them. Its only fair since they want to be part of the country.

  • Fulpol

    Pia Cayetano is running for reelection in 2013…

    what is the agreement Pia? downpayment was paid but the balance is due upon RH Bill approval?

  • ma_ri_fe

    It is a clear political agenda for the coming election. This Pia Cayetano wants to make an issue out of it where she will be the good one. Pwede ba Pia sawang sawa na kami sa kaplastikan at bait-baitan mo!

  • ruiznelli

    Kudos to PRO-RH bill!! isa ito sa ‘pinaka-magandang’ nangyari for 2012!  shut up Padre Damasos, your days are over dati pa!!

    • John

      Isa sa pinakamagandang nangyari? hahaha nagpapatawa ka ata. Sabagay opinyon mo yan, pero kung babae usapan dito wla kang taste hahaha

      • ruiznelli

         shut up Padre DamASO alagad!!

  • rodben

    All of the Politicians who are in POWER TODAY from Malacanang down to Barangay PLEASE SHOW IT TO THE WHOLE WORLD YOUR PROMISES AS PRO-POOR, in Mindanao  people their are begging for food that shown in the internet, but instead  politicians  still RH BILL IN  MIND….MAAWA NAMAN KYO SA KALULUWA NYO KONG NANINIWALA KYO SA KALULUWA…

    • Jake Dionisio

      Wrong topic. Reproductive health not disaster relief.

  • $31552910

    The Philippines is set to become the sixteenth-largest economy (16th-largest) by 2050, up 27 places in 2012, according to “The World in 2050″ by HSBC Global Research. The Philippines has a “favorable demographic profile” and will benefit from a rapidly growing population. The high population growth rate of the Philippines is seen as a “driving force for economic growth.” The increase in population will make the Philippines an “attractive base for manufacturers” and should “boost economic growth.” Women and poor families will be the biggest beneficiaries of economic growth and more jobs in the Philippines.

    1. “The World in 2050,” HSBC Global Research. January 2012
    2. “Guest post: the EM consumer in 2050,” Financial Times. October 17, 2012
    3. “A Youthful Populace Helps Make the Philippines an Economic Bright Spot in Asia,” New York Times. August 27, 2012
    4. “What is driving the Philippines’ surprisingly strong growth?” CNN. July 12, 2012
    5. “Economic Insight Southeast Asia,” ICAEW. Quarterly briefing Q4 2012. December 2012

    • tamumd

      Tell us why and how  “women and poor families would be the biggest beneficiaries of economic growth and more jobs in the Philippines”. How?

    • Jake Dionisio

      Oh right… we’d be the 16th largest economy by 2050. Okay, I’ll bite. How big a slice of that pie will end up with the masses who only comprise of 10-20% of the wealth of the Philippines and much will end up with the rich businessmen owning 80%? How much of that will end up with you when the masses comprise a huge majority of the population growth and the rich are actually intelligently controlling the number of people that own a part of that share?

      If you want to make the poor poorer by decreasing income per capita, go right ahead and procreate all you want. It doesn’t matter if you have more manpower when the rich don’t have the jobs to give to you. If you really want to raise income and salary, you create a demand for manpower, not jobs.

  • $31552910

    The pro-RH supporters are the modern false prophets of DOOM and GLOOM.

    • tamumd

      Ah I think it’s the anti-RH who are the FALSE prophets of DOOM and  GLOOM scaring us about aging of population and shortage of working age group as if we are limiting the number of children a couple could have.

      • Isha Carandang

        Contraception and corruption is something that we should not tolerate! Mga PRO RH nga naman!

      • tamumd

        Corruption I agree we shouldn’t tolerate. Although the catholic church has tolerated this evil for a long time now. They just look away or make many excuses if they are benefiting from the people committing them.

        Contraception is legal and scientifically proven. It’s not abortion as it prevents the meeting of egg and sperm cells. In fact it decreases the incidence of unwanted pregnancies and therefore abortion.

  • $31552910

    The population density (pop./sq. km) of the Philippines (308) is lower than Singapore (7,280), Bahrain (1,631), Taiwan (644), South Korea (503), Netherlands (497), Lebanon (421), India (382), Belgium (365), Israel (359), and Japan (338). The more responsible and effective policies are to have more equitable distribution of wealth and better management of resources to achieve economic growth and sustainable population growth. The population of the Philippines can be an asset instead of a detriment.

    • RyanE

      You’re definitely misled by your priests and bishops into believing that RH law would be the government’s cure-all for poverty. Absolutely, it’s not. RH law is only one aspect of the holistic approach to mitigate poverty.

    • tamumd

      And what’s your point of mentioning the population density of those rich nations. Those places are so rich..they could afford as many people as they want. Besides their economies do not depend on agriculture which require vast acarage of lands. those places could afford to build vertically to house their people comfortably. They could provide for a healthy and rich citizenry with clean surroundings, free education, efficient public transport, higher salaries and other social programs. Maybe except India..none of those places have their people living under bridges, along flood zones and dangerous locations.

      Overpopulation is not looked at in terms of population density. Instead issues like quality of life, available resources, environmental issues such as land use, forest/land degradation/pollution, climate change and disease prevalence are more important. In terms of quality of life..compared to those places you’ve mentioned except India, those places GDP per capita are way better off than ours. Land use/degradation/pollution…the recent disasters like the recent deluge a few months ago that enundated Manila,Sendong, and the recent Pablo onslaught are example of these. People are forced to live on dangerous locations because there are no places to build their houses or they are too poor to be able to afford houses in one of those decent subdivisions. The dense presence of illegal houses on esteros clogs the waterways. Forest covers are denuded from over exploitation of forest products and creation of new farmlands exacerbating the flash flooding and landslides. Our fish supply is no match to the number of mouths feeding on them. NO wonder we import even galunggong. The garbage and sewage disposal nightmares in not only issues of  big cities now, even our small towns have this problem. Because we’re always visited by natural calamities on a regular basis,our capacity for self-sufficiency in terms of food production is severely compromised. And that is the reason why we keep importing rice from our Asian neighbors. With the changes in weather pattern brought about by global warming…our overpopulated country would suffer more from drought, severe flooding/typhoons, famines and diseases – like malaria, dengue and leptospirosis also TB from overcrowding.

      Population only becomes an asset if everyone is educated and live quality life. You cannot count those who didn’t even enter elementary or high school to contribute to economic prosperity coz they don’t have any buying power nor they have the education or skills that would make them employable.

    • Jake Dionisio

      RH Law is also a first step in lessening the growing gap between the rich and poor.

      • Chris

        The problem is that the poor doesn’t know what they want or what they want doesn’t always mean it is good for them. They have lost the will to think. The means of ‘lessening’ won’t do them any either.

  • Isha Carandang

    We don’t need an RH bill, a bill will only be redundant in gov’t programs and wasteful of taxpayer’s money and Our future generations will suffer for the passage of the bill.

    • tamumd

      We don’t need your church! It’s a curse to our country’s progress. SO wake up…you and the rest of the anti-RH ilk just lost this battle.

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    • Chris


  • mxsclxmxn

    Matt.12:30 “Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.
    And those who support the RH BILL!
    AND IF YOUR RIGHT HAND CAUSES YOU TO SIN, CUT IT OFF AND THROW IT AWAY. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell!

  • Edgardo Mendoza


  • Hein S

    Even the Land of Jesus, ISRAEL has Universal RH for the people.

    Wag na kayong TRYING HARD na catholics.

    Daming Gutom sa kalye.

  • Your_King

    This has been long delayed. If this is how the government works under the Aquino regime then how will things ever improve in the Philippines? And more urgent, at this slow pace that the government seems to move, when will the typhoon ‘Pablo’ victims ever get any help?

  • mxsclxmxn

    RH Bill supporters…EXCOMMUNICATION by the Catholic Church!

    • tamumd

      And you think we would be very scared? lol Eat your catholic church.

      • Chris

        The church does not force you to stay. If you want to leave, then leave. That would be your biggest mistake. All because you are too lazy to understand and enforce the truth.

      • tamumd

        Leave? Hahahahahaha…. FYI I’ve left a long time ago. SO STFU…you anti-RH ilk just lost this battle.

  • disqusted0fu

    we’ve heard so much about this bill already… and it still remains a bill… can they just move on to the much more important FOI bill??? 

  • KamiilovesGod

    SELF CONTROL po ang kailangan,hindi po RH BILL na yan. Imbis ang pagsasa-Diyos po ang ituro bakit pa po yan pang RH BILL na yan. Di naman ikasasama ng tao ang sumunod sa mga turo ng ating Diyos. Overpopulation daw ang dahilan para namang walang ginagawa ang ating Diyos na solusyon para diyan.,Mag isip nga po kayo,mas maraming maaaddict po nyan sa sex.,magiging mga whore ang mga babae na mga addict sa sex at ayaw mabuntis,mga walang self control., kawawa naman po ang mga kabataan ngayon at itong henerasyon na mamumulat sa IMORALIDAD.Ang bagyong Pablo para sa akin ay tanda na may ginagawa ang ating Diyos para sa problemang “overpopulation” at di lang yan,kung matupad ang RH BILL po na yan,malas ang aabutin ng Pinas at mga tao sa Pinas sigurado yan,balang araw.Kung sino man ang approve sa RH BILL na yan,sigurado akong mga addict sa sex yan ayaw lang mabutis/makabuntis,mga wolves po yan in sheeps’ clothing sa Church,di marunong ng self control.Naghihirap po ang mga tao sa Pinas dahil po sa sarili nila,ang problema kasi di nagsasa-Diyos kung nagsasa-Diyos at sinusunod mga turo Niya, e di wala sanang problema.Halimbawa sa pagiging masipag pa lang.,pagtyatyaga e di may nilaga.Kahit may RH BILL kung tamad naman e di po talaga tayo aasenso nyan.Ang aasenso lang nyan talaga ay yung mga corrupt na totoong magbebenifit, di ako naniniwala na makakabenefit talaga po ang RH BILL kasi given naman po ang pag control sa pag sex nasa lalaki po yan lalo na kung marunong.Mga kabataan halos ang mabibiktima nito,for sure mas dadami ang magsyosyota na magprepremarital sex…

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