Aquino certifies RH bill ‘urgent’



MANILA—President Aquino certified as urgent the reproductive health (RH) bill, after it passed on second reading at the House of Representatives despite a spirited opposition mounted by the influential Catholic Church.

The President’s move signals the formal shift of the battle over the RH bill to the Senate, which was still stuck in the period of individual amendments when the session adjourned last Wednesday.

“We’d really rather (that) this divisive issue, hopefully, will be finished already before we start the New Year,” the President told reporters late Thursday after he certified the bill.

“To give them (the lawmakers) the opportunity to finish, especially the Senate, I certified its urgency,” said Mr. Aquino.

The President said he expected the certification to be delivered to the offices of the House Speaker and Senate President on Friday, or Monday at the latest.

The presidential certification removes the three-day waiting period between the second and third readings of any given bill.

However, since the House version, Republic Act 4244 has already hurdled second reading (and thus, no need to skip the three-day rule), the certification would boost the chances of the passage of Senate Bill 2865.

After closing the period of second reading, the Senate could proceed immediately to the third and final reading.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma said this was the reason why Mr. Aquino had issued the belated certification.

“Senate approval needed to complement House approval, so that enactment of an RH law can be achieved within the few remaining session days of the 15th Congress, and after the Christmas break,” said Coloma in a text message.

The President said the “too narrow definition” of the constitutional provision on when to certify bills as urgent—”clearly undebatable” emergencies like a state of calamity needing a supplemental budget—did not apply in this case as Congress will go into recess next Thursday.

It will briefly return after the holidays, only to to into recess again in February 2013 for the and the election campaign.

Sure enough, anti-RH bill Rep. Rufus Rodriguez questioned the basis of the certification, citing the constitutional provision that gives the President the option only “to meet a public calamity or emergency”.

“What public calamity or emergency is the RH bill supposed to meet to justify its certification as urgent by the President,” said the Cagayan de Oro congressman. Inquirer

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  • just_anotherperson

    Kahit pa i-certify na urgent ang RH Bill, laban kami!

    Support Catholic Vote.


    • lagalag


    • Edwin Edwin

      kawawa naman kayong mga alagad ni Damaso hindi alam na ginagamit lang kayo….

  • Mitchel

    Ironically, on December 12, 2012, Vladimir Putin delivered his state of the nation address, and the loudest applause happened when he announced that the population of Russia is now growing because of the programs implemented to counter the demographic winter.  He called on couples to have more children, and strengthen the moral basis of society.

    Wala na ngang tao sa mundo pa RH-RH pa kayo.  Is the world too small  for us Filipinos?

    You can even put all the people of the world in the state of Texas, at maluwag pa rin doon.

    • Edwin Edwin


      • Mitchel

         How did I become hypocrite?  I earn an honest living for my family. I left many employers who wanted me to cheat on taxes and customers because I don’t want to feed my family with food from dishonest income. My wife wanted me to compromise for the sake of income, but I stood firm.  Thanks God, I’m still earning an honest living, unlike your RH politicians who sold their souls, as if they will not die 20 to 30 years from now.

  • DDO

    According to the DOH the number of women die daily from the ff:
    121 (heart disease), 79 (vascular disease), 63 (cancer), 58 (pneumonia),31 (diabetes melitus), 21 (tuberculosis), 19 (chronic lower respiratory disease), 18 (accidents), 15 (nephritis), 12 (perinatal causes).   Source: p. 90 “The 2009 Philippine Health Statistics” Department of Health Epidemiology Center.From the numbers I think we can see which diseases need the most attention from government specially the DOH. It is a matter of “prudent allocation of our limited resources” where we can save the most lives, the lives of both men and women. We’re missing something if we don’t address the urgency of the startling numbers first beforepassing the RH bill.  

  • $17531445

    It looks like the free lunch was not enough inducement for his congressmen to pass the bill
     now he has to certify its urgency. 

  • srvnts

    We are beginning to feel outrageous against this morally ignorant government.  We can not allow it to continue governing us this way.  This is not our way to live life in this country.  We want to rise from poverty without pushing ourselves to follow Godless and worldly policies.  We are God’s people and we don’t want to change that.

  • Hein S

    When the RH Law was passed in ITALY.  The pope kept QUIET. Why are these immature Imbeciles so Noisy?

  • MrChillydogWooHoo!

    Murder of innocent children is urgent.  Satan is in a hurry because the son of man is coming soon.

  • srvnts

    We want to know who are these lawmakers who are playing double standard in their christian principles. We will work against them to the last breath. We are not worthy of their governance. When they took office, they have their hands on the Bible and declare “so help me God”.
    And now they disobey their God and favor instead the will of the enemy. “How foolish are your ways”, as declared in the scriptures to those who do not invoke the blessings and guidance of the Lord.

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