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Osmeña says he is a ‘coward’ to face RH critics

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Sergio Osmeña III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippine — He has been for the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) bill but Senator Sergio Osmeña III would rather keep silent about it so as not to earn the ire of those against it, including his family.

“I’m a coward when it comes to that. I don’t want to fight with my elders, my mothers, cousins, friends and all that,” Osmeña told reporters on Tuesday.

Ten years ago, he said, he co-sponsored the RH bill then being pushed by former senator and now Muntinlupa Representative Rodolfo Biazon and he remembered how his family and friends would lecture him about his stand on the issue.

“Noong nalaman ng mga kaibigan, ng nanay ko, lahat ng wake, wedding na pinipuntahan ko kino corner ako. Nile-lecture-an ako “he said.

(In wakes and weddings, I’ve been cornered by my friends, my mother about it. I got lectures from them.)

Asked if he was getting the same pressure now, Osmeña said: “Wala kasi hindi nila alam ang stand ko (None because they do not know my stand on the issue.)

Despite strong opposition by some sectors in the society, the senator was confident that the RH bill would pass the Senate.

Based on his own count six months ago, Osmeña said 14 senators would vote to pass the   bill.

And this was evident, he said, when the Senate voted 11-6 last week to reject several amendments being proposed in the measure.

“We’re going to win here in the Senate. It’s in the House where they (are experiencing) a lot of delays,”   he pointed out.

Osmeña joined calls to vote on the measure although he said they still have enough time even if they vote on it on Thursday next week, the last session day before Congress goes on a Christmas break.

The only question, he said, was whether or not the senators would show up to cast their vote on the issue.

“Hindi ko alam kung sino ang sisipot (I do not know who will show up),” said the senator.

Osmeña said a simple majority vote of senators present in the plenary is needed to pass the RH bill.


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  • UrHONOR

    YOU don’t deserve to be where you are with that attitude!  Malaking kabaklaan yang kaisipang yan bilang isang pinuno ng bayan.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ERCCN5ANNNF7BEBFMYXR6ALGRU Dan

      P@cking blogger!

      • UrHONOR

        P@cking blogger!

    • louie

      let’s wait if he’ll not vote for it. if ever that happened, well, he’s really a coward.

      • UrHONOR

        OK…we’ll see.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU 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.
    EXCOMMUNICATE the PRESIDENT! EXCOMMUNICATE the PRESIDENT! EXCOMMUNICATE the PRESIDENT! EXCOMMUNICATE the PRESIDENT! EXCOMMUNICATE the PRESIDENT! 
    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!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UWISP2YXGDQ7K2SIX2GI37B2EI Darwin

      You’ve been hiding under a stone for too long.

    • napali808

       WOW..who the hell are you? Why don’t you cut your dork head to end your misery. I advise you dumb tweet to go to your nearest vet. You’re a very sick puppy.

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

    Tsk.tsk.. how can you be a lawmaker for the entire nation if you cannot even reason out with your family and relatives?

    Anyway, just convince your fellow senators to be there for the voting. Don’t wait for the people to boot them out from the senate if they refuse to do their duty.

  • mousy

    hindi ka matatakot kung sigurado ka na tama yung pinaglalaban mo.

  • barangayboso

    tsk tsk tsk

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

    Is this senator a representative of just his CLAN or of the entire Filipino nation? The attitude of the senator very much reflects how families and the OLIGARCHY control the fate of this nation.

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

    OSMENIAK COWARD TERRORIST”’

    • tunderlulo

      Ikaw naman madaldal dito kasi pastor ka ni satanas

    • boypalaban

      TYPE MO RIN BA SIYA TSUPAIN?

  • Janch

    Silence is golden.  But your vote is priceless.
     

  • kilabot

    it pays to listen to your mother, serge. 
    no greater love than that of a mother to a son except God’s.

  • andrew lim

    To each his own. As long as you vote for RH. ha ha ha

  • graciano82

    On this revelation of Osmena, a voice can be heard that indeed the silent majority of the Filipino People are against the RH Bill. In his family alone, he’s one against how many? Even his circle of friends, he’s one against how many? This simple equation should be the basis of Pnoy who wants to divide our country by encouraging his allies to pass the Bill which later on he may regret when the dust had settled to prove that RH Bill is truly bad omen for the country as manifested by oppositors.

  • Hey_Dudes

    Once the RH bill is voted upon favorably, what will these CBCP  hypocrites do?  Will they walk-out further destroying their influence and tainted reputation as meddlers bar none?  Will they call on the ignoramuses to rally along EDSA and pray for days on until they are black and blue in their faces?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPLUBLEOSERDBOIJTDOC6XIWGU mxsclxmxn

    Time to cleanse the Church!
    Matt.12:30 “Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.EXCOMMUNICATE the PRESIDENT! EXCOMMUNICATE the PRESIDENT! EXCOMMUNICATE the PRESIDENT! EXCOMMUNICATE the PRESIDENT! EXCOMMUNICATE the PRESIDENT! 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!

  • lintangbedol

    playing safe

  • litobetita

    Do these politicians actually work for the people who voted them? I guess not. Based on his statement, even in his own circulation, he is greatly outnumbered. So why don’t they just listen to the voices of the people who they represent and not on their own self interest? Even in my my family, it is 0-10 (no one will vote for RH Bill).    

    • popeyee

      gumising ka na, uy! Tanungin mo ang mga “people” na sinasabi mo kung pabor sila sa RH bill o hindi…

      • litobetita

        It’s not my job to ask the “people”. It is the politicians job to ask their constituents what are their stands and then represent it. Hindi mo ba nabasa sa statement nya na even his family and friends are against the RH Bill which is just an example…..in that group of people, he is outnumbered. Then you commented like that….walang sense comment mo eh, Ikaw kaya ang gumising!!!! 

      • popeyee

        The stand of Osmena’s friends and family does not represent the sentiment of the “people” that you’re referring to..Hindi lahat ng bill kailangan pang i-consult sa mga constituents, sometimes the opinion of one’s constituents contradicts opinion of the majority of the population. Pwede pa siguro kung local bill ang pinaguusapan..

      • litobetita

        Ganyan nga ang talaga ang situation, so yung action ng mga representative eh hindi naman nare-reflect ang sentiment ng mamamayan. Hindi pa nangyari na nagkaroon ng consultation kahit local or national man. Basta kung ano ang gusto nila, yun ang nasusunod. Kaya mali yung sinasabi na sila ang tinig ng mamamayan. The truth is, there is no way to tell kung ang mamamyang pinoy is pro or anti RH Bill not unless magkaroon ng plebiscite.    

  • Yehehhh

    Takot ka sa Panginoon ano? Well, that’s good and don’t ever vote for this RH bill. Better vote NO or abstain. The Lord knows you… No to RH Bill!!!

    • Lakan Dupil

       he he sino ang tinutukoy mong lord at panginoon? ang papa sa Roma?

      • Yehehhh

        Ako alam ko kung sino ang Panginoon ko. Ikaw baka hindi mo alam o baka wala kang Panginoon. Kawawa ka naman….

      • Lakan Dupil

        he he nakakatuwa ka naman. Sino naman kaya ang Lord at Panginoon ng mga sumusuporta sa RH Bill tulad ng mga born-again,INC, Methodist, UCCP, PJM,PCEC at NCCP at marami pang grupo?

      • Yehehhh

        Ang lord nila ay mga condom at iba pa…

      • Lakan Dupil

         he he nag-iisip ka talaga. Be sure na kahit minsan hindi ka gumamit ng mga sinasabi…anumang salita na sinabi ay tiyak na babalik sau.

      • Yehehhh

        Ibig sabihin, hindi nila sinusunod ang utos ng Panginoon dahil condom at iba pang contraceptives ang nasa isip ng mga pro RH bill… maliwanag ba lakan?

      • Lakan Dupil

         Tell me nasaan sa Bible ang sinasabi mo?

      • Yehehhh

        Lakan, sabi sa Bible “Thou shall not kill….”
        Kaya kami Pro-Life at No to RH Bill…..

      • boypalaban

        ang panginoon mo ay si libog lagman at si brendamage…at si epal angas plagiarist dynasty cayetano…

    • Ganymede

      At pano mo nalaman na ang Panginoon ay laban sa RH Bill? CBCP lang ang kontra dito.

      • Yehehhh

        Kung alam mo ang Utos ng Diyos hindi mo na tinatanong yan… Huwag ka pumatay ng kapwa mo! Sige magcondom ka na lang!!! 
        No to RH bill!!

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

    WALA MARARATING ANG PILIPINAS PAG SI OSMENA ANG MAGIGING PANGULO’ SA SWITZERLAND AT NEW ZEALAND MAS MARAMING BAKA SA TAO KAYA SAWA SA STEAK SA PILIPINAS MAS MARAMING BATANG HUBO SA BAKA KAYA MARAMING ISNATCHER AT DESPERADO TAKBO SA KATOLIKONG SIMBAHAN KAKAAWA BANSA SA OBISPO”’

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/X7JZFN52AN5ZAGDMO4NHQ5KCRM newname

      bakit pinagdiskitahan mo ang mga obispo may nagawa ka ba sa mga batang nagnanakaw, anong naitulong mo. Edgardo Mendoza ang asong katulad mo wala namang naitulong kaw kaw ka ng kaw kaw diyan. Ang ingay mo gay…..ang beking katulad mo wlang karapatan…bading na to

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

    OSMENA SAY REPRODUCTION IS MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES”

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

    OSMENIAK TUTA NI CARNIVAL TAGLE” WAG MO DAANIN BANSA MO SA PADASAL”

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

      Are you missing the part where he says (repeatedly) that he is for the bill?

    • boypalaban

      DASAL KA SA PANGINOON MONG CONDOM…

      CONGRATS TO ALL PRO-RH…MERON KAYONG PRESIDENTE NA GAYA NI EDGARDOPHILE CONDOMENDOZA…

    • Janch

      HE IS PRO-RH BILL.

      Basahin po ulit yung article.

  • Yehehhh

    RH Bill minus one na sa Senado… NO to RH Bill!!!

    • andrew lim

      obviously you didnt understand the article above….

      • Lakan Dupil

         Actually sugo ng simbahang katoliko si  Yehehhh…nagcomment pero hindi inunawa ang sinsabi ni Sen Osmena.Unang nag-react bago basa..he he

      • Yehehhh

        Ang sugo ng Simbahang Katoliko ay alam ang utos ng Diyos…

      • Yehehhh

        Ikaw kung may understanding ka matino ano ibig sabihin ng article above? Hindi ba “No to RH Bill” yan??? LOL…

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

    a big disservice to Cebu..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/X7JZFN52AN5ZAGDMO4NHQ5KCRM newname

    wag nang iboto yan….Dapat nong mopahuway ka na sunod angayan nga dili ka na iboto sa pag suporta nimo sa RH bill,, panahon sa sigurong mopahuway ka…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M6UL2UG4OGTMCLSYGB5MVJ7USE InSearchOfTruth

    bakit kasi hindi na lang daanin sa plebisito ang rh bill?  bakit hindi ang taong bayan ang tanungin?  kung sino ang majority na lalabas sa halalan eh di yun ang sundin ng gobyerno.  after all, ang mamamayan naman ang totoong nagmamay ari ng pilipinas, bakit hindi sila hayaang magsalita sa pamamagitan ng pagboto?

    • Ganymede

      Di puede yan. Impractical yan. Kung ganon din lang ano pa silbi ng mga mambabatas natin? Lahat nalang ng batas na may magrereklamong sektor idadaan sa plebisito.

  • blainz

    I’m glad he stuck to his convictions despite of the opprobrium of family and friends, but he should have taken to lecturing them in turn that religion offers no morally privileged position in debates.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JL7VPEQO24RIJTEJTPXJWTIAQA romel

    ang dami nag comment… pero di alam ang nakasulat sa article….

    mga santong kabayo, banal na aso……..

  • nes911

    Have no fear, just pass the bill.

  • disqusted0fu

    this article shows a couple of Osmena’s traits… 1. he is a coward. 2. he is disobedient.

  • http://twitter.com/Olibo2 Olibo

    I cannot say this senator is under-de-saya about the RHBill, he did not include his wife as one of against the bill.



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