Anti-RH bill solons confident the measure won’t pass 2nd reading

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Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez was confident that the RH bill would eventually be defeated via a 136-95 vote. Photo from congress.gov.ph

MANILA, Philippines—An opponent of the Reproductive Health Bill on Wednesday said their side would succeed in killing the measure, which has been languishing in Congress for 14 years now.

“We will win, we have enough numbers and it will hold,” Cagayan de Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez told reporters in a chance interview.

He said their side had a sure 136 votes against House Bill 4244 otherwise known as the RH Bill—enough to block the measure’s passage on second reading.

The presence of leaders of the Catholic Church will also have an effect on voting turnout later, he added, dismissing the possibility that the recent Liberal Party meeting could sway the votes of its members who were originally against the RH Bill.

“The meeting will not have much effect, they are going for a conscience vote,” said Rodriguez, who pointed out that voting at the Senate on the RH Bill will no longer matter once they kill the measure at the lower chamber of Congress.

“Today, if the bill is defeated at the House, it will already be moot and academic in the Senate. Mauuna kaming bumoto dito (We will be the first to vote here),” he said.

But a co-author of the bill, Iloilo Representative Janette Garin, said the numbers change every hour.

She added they were confident that they had the numbers needed to pass the measure although it was likely that the bishops’ presence will “somehow have an effect on some legislators.”

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

    “…final maturation of our political institutions, weaned away from the moral suasions and dictates of those who see themselves as exemplars of the Roman Catholic Church.”

    Above is quoted from Ms. Rina Jimenez-David’s article on the passing of the RH bill. I fully agree with her. Our lawmakers should decide on their own taking into consideration the welfare of their constituents and not just follow the dictates of the RC church.

    PASS THE RH BILL NOW!!

    • boypalaban

      o uwi ka na…

      tulog ka muna condom…

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

        boycondom este boypalaban pala, hinahanap ka na sa Kongreso at kailangan daw medyo marami kayo para mas maingay at marinig duon.. 

        ilang oras na nalang at uuwi kayong bagsak mga balikat boy.. hehehe

      • SignTheWaiverNow

        CONDOM CONDOM CONDOM!

  • $31552910

    Population growth and climate change are being used as scare-tactics by the foreign-funded RH bill special interest groups to advance their racist population control and eugenics agenda. Hitler is the ideological godfather of the RH bill. An aging population will lead to decline in economic growth and higher healthcare costs. The RH bill special interest groups are the modern-day FALSE PROPHETS and PROFITEERS of DOOM and GLOOM.

  • joerizal

    Bobo kasi ang mga kongresista. Madaling igisa sa sariling mantika kaya konting sundot lang e nagbabago ang boto. Dapat maglagay ng No Dogs Allowed sa Congress at ‘wag papasukin yang mga nanggugulong mga taga-simbahan. E kung kayo kaya ang pasukin ng mga sundalo sa loob ng Vatican at turuan kayo kung paano magdasal ng Aba Ginoong Maria ng patuwad, matutuwa kaya kayo?

    • boypalaban

      e kung turuan ka ni Lagman kung paano tsumupa ng tarugo ng gaya mong bading, ok din sa yo?

      • joerizal

        Halatang ikaw ang bading sa mga sinabi mo. Tuwad na!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001565433198 Rolly Antonio

    RH bill, moral issue aside, is a myopic bill.  That’s why some economists are against it.

    RH bill is a myopic bill, a band-aid solution, which does not answer
    the issue of poverty (they claim that it is for the benefit of the poor)
    and corruption (which is the mother of all evils).  Band-aid solution
    is a misnomer in this case since it is not really a solution to our
    problem.

    RH bill is a myopic bill for it does not take into account that we are a labor intensive economy.

    RH bill is a liar’s bill for our population growth rate and total fertility rate are both decreasing the past years without RH.

    RH bill is a liar’s bill for the UP professors proclaim that this is
    not a population control measure (they are pro-RH).  However, some
    pro-RH are liars that they proclaim to the world that the RH will curb
    the population growth.  If it is not a population control measure, how
    could it bring down the population growth?  Some of them are liars.

    RH bill is a liar’s bill for the poor does not need condom and
    contraceptives to live.  They are not essential medicines.  How could a
    condom and contraceptives bring about better lives to people? 

    RH bill is a liar’s bill.  Poverty will not be alleviated if
    corruption is still rampant in this country.  The 14B budget would only
    go to waste if corruption would not be resolved.
     

  • dickenhead

    it almost certain the RH bill will be passed,Rodriguez is just showing a brave false front infront of his masters the bsihops & priests

    • boypalaban

      ok ihanda mo na yung mga ipamimigay na condom sa mga binagyo…bilisan mo!

      • dickenhead

        whats the matter boy? lost an intelligent argument? you and yor boyfriend priest is pathetic

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XCVTR7UEL324INPXQGQV47V6HY Bewareiftheworldagreeswithyou

        dickenhead…and you think your argument is intelligent? Read it again…..If that’s intelligence, I can’t imagine being a moron.

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

        Actually… I can’t sense the presence of an argument in this particular conversation…

      • SignTheWaiverNow

        yours is worse….

        ang tawag diyan, SAWSAW, mahilig talaga mga PRO RH sa pagSAWSAW kaya puro condoms nasa utak!

        he he he

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/NKMLL6HD6WUINN5XQWNKKQDFEA Edwin Edwin

        You are absolutely a moron!!!

      • SignTheWaiverNow

        pati pangalan mo inuulit mo, mas mukhang kang MORON!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/NKMLL6HD6WUINN5XQWNKKQDFEA Edwin Edwin

        Ihanda mo na rin yong gamot mo – uminom ka na iho…

      • SignTheWaiverNow

        PATI PANGALAN MO INUULIT MO, MAS MUKHA KANG ABNOY!

  • $37644997

    I’m still confident that the wind of change can make a big difference when change of hearts begin to reign.The Heart is where God is.Sorry,but I’m for the passage of RH bill into law.Over all it’s best for the country and it’s people.

  • superpilipinas

    he-he-he, another 14 years?

    I hope they either pass it or trash it so we can get on with FOI already.

  • Rae_E

    My fellow Mindanaoans from CDO deserve a better representative than Rufus Rodriquez. Who obviously is in office not to serve the interests of his constituents but his masters – the CBCP. Vote him out next election CDO!

    • boypalaban

      better vote to become senator or president the defender of fake president and thief justice…no other than Edcel Lagman…

    • superpilipinas

      I thought the Muslims didn’t agree with RH? If Muslims and Catholics don’t want RH, which Mindanaoans are you talking about? The Protestants and Atheists.

    • SignTheWaiverNow

      what a stu pid pretender!

      just curious, if you are indeed a Kagayanon, where in CDO you live? I will fuking go to your house NOW….

      Also, Kagayanons are not called Mindanaoans…. what a desperate act by the PRO RH people!

      tsk tsk tsk….

      • Destencilize

        That’s a desperate act for you? Then what do you call that copy-paste thingy of yours? Sophisticated?

    • wew egteg

      idiot! rufos is one of the best congressmen cdo ever have…imagine, he is the most 
      profilic bill filler among the lower house measuring 800+…his achievment in 15th congress
      is more dominant than any congressinal candidate in the history of the philippine congress….kung bright sad ka,dile ma simento ang dalan sa CDO downtown kung wla si RUFUS…GAGO!!!—– in contrarym,i am a pro RH BILL advocate

  • kilabot

    misnomer. 
    rhbill is not about poverty; it’s about the world agenda; 
    the world agenda is to make the abnormal the new normal; 
    1) drugs; 
    2) same-sex marriage; 
    3) man-beast union; 
    4) prostitution; 
    5) pedophilia; 
    6) abortion; 

    to address poverty, which of the following will help alleviate it?
     1) give free artificial birth control contraceptives (aka 17B rh bill) to control population growth;
     2) use of natural birth control techniques (aka hit-n-run) to control population growth;
     3) encourage people to practice a life of celibacy (aka monsignor-fast) to control population growth;
     4) practice lgbt lifestyle (aka anal_izing): 25% increase in hiv/aids cases, negative pop growth;
     5) perpetual implementation of the cct (aka eternal-beggar) program;
     6) train the poor acquire skills and livelihood (aka sow-n-reap) using rh + cct budget (>17B total);
    and you say?

    the rhbill is like lgbt analysex, even beasts abhor it. 

    No to rhbill; 
    No to perversion;

    • joshmale2004

       I did not read any of this in the RH Bill. You are the one adding perversion purpose to the RH Bill.

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

        You can’t expect the following to understand:
        1) Those who haven’t read and re-read the Bill
        2) Narrow-minded people
        3) Hardcore religious people
        4) Delusional people
        5) Hypocrites

        I’ve already posted questions to his “copy and paste” claims and he has yet to address them. Its quite possible that he doesn’t even know what he’s talking about.

      • joshmale2004

        I am 100% sure he don’t know.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WC2VPZRJETRO5KOU4VOZCJXEDY Tamarindwalk

       And what do you propose to do about the priests who molest little kids?

  • noypisiTED

    I’ll bet it will pass all the way to the 3rd reading.

    • boypalaban

      magpakaligaya ka na…di ka na bibili ng condom…enjoy!

    • SignTheWaiverNow

      simulan mo na magbenta ng condom, tiyak ang kita mo diyan!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/NKMLL6HD6WUINN5XQWNKKQDFEA Edwin Edwin

        pssst, wag kang comment ng comment dito – magtrabaho ka at wag maging batugan dahil 12 ang anak mo. Maawa ka naman…

      • SignTheWaiverNow

        kung hindi ka ba naman TAN GA, pati pangalan mo inuulit mo e!

        he he he

      • Destencilize

        Meh. Low-brow humor. 

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

    Rufus LYING again.

    • joshmale2004

      LYING and FLYING lol.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XCVTR7UEL324INPXQGQV47V6HY Bewareiftheworldagreeswithyou

    In the Name of the Father of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

  • brunogiordano

    Tila sa mga pahayag ni RUFUS wala na ‘yon Fighting Spirit.

    Spirit na lang ‘yong natira at wala ng fighting.

    Kaya ang dating niya ay tulad ng pirated CD, paulit ulit parang nagrorosario.

    • SignTheWaiverNow

      ikaw naman mukhang CONDOM!

      he he he

  • mfdo

    and how much has the Hon Senator spent for care of single mothers, mothers abondoned  by their husbands, orphan children and those unwanted kids ?? Let me guess – ZERO – other than those token shows to evoke votes .. jeez .. hypocrites ..

    • joshmale2004

      Sad to say but charitable works are not priority projects of most if not all of our Congressmen on their pork barrel. Their priority projects are mostly road projects and other infrastructure projects especially election is coming.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WC2VPZRJETRO5KOU4VOZCJXEDY Tamarindwalk

         And especially when they can put their names on them!

      • joshmale2004

        Yes, I forgot about that.

    • SignTheWaiverNow

      nasa congress pa lang po ang botohan…. huwag kang TAN GA ha!

      he he he

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WC2VPZRJETRO5KOU4VOZCJXEDY Tamarindwalk

       Let the Catholic church spend its vast sums of money on all the unwed mothers and the fatherless babies!

  • SignTheWaiverNow

    NO TO RH BILL, YES TO LIFE!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WC2VPZRJETRO5KOU4VOZCJXEDY Tamarindwalk

       No to the Catholic church!
      Send the priests back to madre Espana!

      • SignTheWaiverNow

        YES TO LIFE! NO TO RH BILL!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IS6KI2U7EDZS6D2Q7MZ3Z6CAME Lila

    if RH-Bill will not pass because of these tactics of CBCP it’s time for the educated people to stop going to Catholic Churches and read the Bible on their own.. that way nothing can influence peoples choices of what’s good. We know that CBCP only goal is to control the minds of the people and make them suffer so people will come to Churches to pray and give ALMS to these manipulative Church Leaders..

    • joshmale2004

      Jesus said ” I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. Unless you be born again, you will not enter the Kingdom of My Father.” Very clearly said in the Bible. The way to the Kingdom of God is thru Jesus and your personal relationship with Him and not to any religion nor church.

      • Destencilize

        Don’t close yourself inside the Bible. You’re living in an outside world, not within the Bible. The Bible is most likely a guide to how to live as a righteous person, it seems to be not an assurance. 

  • SignTheWaiverNow

    YES TO LIFE, NO TO RH BILL!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/NKMLL6HD6WUINN5XQWNKKQDFEA Edwin Edwin

      Loser!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WC2VPZRJETRO5KOU4VOZCJXEDY Tamarindwalk

       Yes to our future and the future of our children!  Yes to the RH Bill!
      Stop living in the 18th century and stop letting an outdated church dictate to you!

      • SignTheWaiverNow

        YES TO LIFE AND NO TO RH BILL!

  • UrHONOR

    AY, baDING pala si Rodriguez…..kaya pala ganung magsalita!  Walang masama sa baDING bilang tao….yong kaechosan ng baDING ang ‘alang ka-wenta-kwentang example sa mga kabataan….kaya parami-ng-parami ang mga baDING sa bayan….yong iba, pati hair style ng mga ebot, ginagaya. Pagmasdan ninyo ang mga litratong pinapaskel pa nila.

    • SignTheWaiverNow

      takes one to know one….

      he he he

      • UrHONOR

        baDING ka din?  What a coincidence!

      • SignTheWaiverNow

        KABOOM!

        he he he

      • UrHONOR

        HI HI HI….

  • SignTheWaiverNow

    YES TO LIFE! NO TO RH BILL!

  • SignTheWaiverNow

    NO TO RH BILL! YES TO LIFE!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WC2VPZRJETRO5KOU4VOZCJXEDY Tamarindwalk

    It’s time for these 18th century politicos to be retired!
    This is the 21st century and we’re not going to be cowed by an outdated Catholic church!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q73LWVRIFIBIZRZOGPIJF3LTGI Cely

    Let us go to Congress today to support our Bishops!  Our Lady of Guadalupe will put a stop to this culture of death that the pro-RH Congressmen want to instill in our people.  

    • UrHONOR

      THE mother of the people of the Philippines is more powerful and more substantial than your imaginary image.  Support your bisyaps in their milieu, not in other’s backyard.  That’s INVASION.

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

    SA SWITZERLAND AT NEW ZEALAND MAS MARAMI ANG BAKA SA TAO KAYA SAWA SA STEAK SA PILIPINAS MAS MARAMI ANG BATANG HUBO SA BAKA KAYA MARAMING ISNATCHER” SINABI NI CRISTO PANGALAGAAN MO PINARARAMI MO DI YUNG PARAMI KA NG PARAMI PAG PAG NA KINAKAIN MO” TANUNGIN MO SI CARNIVAL TAGLE NGISING DEMONYO” PASS R.H BILL”

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

    CBCP BISHOPS KATOLIBAN SAY REPRODUCTION IS MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES”

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

    CARNIVAL TAGLE AND CBCP BISHOPS EXTREMIST TERRORIST TO PILIPINOS NATION”

  • ryan andres

    Ano kaya pakiramdam ni lupus rodriguez ngayon… pahiya ka teng!

  • UrHONOR

    THE same BADDY who was very CONFIDENT of passing a bill to prevent PACQUIAO from squaring off with DE LA HOYA because of the size.  HOYA will DEFINITELY turn PAC into pulp. A national treasure we don’t want to lose.  TAPOS anong nangyari, Baddy Rodriguez?  Hindi na nadala, BAGO na namang pakulo na SAPUL na HUMIHIRIT pa in obeisance to his matriarch or patriarch, as the case may be.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LJVSZRQ7PBVINM5F6LL2HRURKA Rinaanir

    PAK!

    Supalpal ka no? HAHAHAHA!!

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