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RH bill hurdles 2nd reading at Senate

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Senate of the Philippines. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/JESS YUSON

MANILA, Philippines – Voting  13-8 with no abstention, the Senate on Monday approved on second reading the  controversial  Reproductive  Health bill.

It was Senator Pia Cayetano,  head of the Senate committee on health,  who moved to  approve Senate Bill 2865 known as “An act providing for a national policy on reproductive health and responsible parenthood.

The 13 senators who voted in favor of the bill  were:  Edgardo Angara, Joker Arroyo, Alan Peter Cayetano, Pia Cayetano,  Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Franklin Drilon, Francis “Chiz” Escudero, Teofisto Guingona III, Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, Loren Legarda, Ferdinand “Bong-Bong” Marcos Jr., Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, and Ralph Recto,

The eight who voted against  it were:  Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile,  Senate Pro Tempore Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada,   Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III,  Senators Gringo Honasan,  Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III,  Manuel “Manny” Villar, Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., and  Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV.

Senators Serge Osmena III and  Lito  Lapid were  absent during the voting.

The Senate immediately  proceeded  to vote on third and  final  reading.

Under the bill, Reproductive Health was defined  as the  “state of complete physical, mental well-being and not merely the  absence of disease or infirmity, in all matters relating to the reproductive system and  to its functions and processes.”

“It implies that people are able to have a safe and satisfying sex life, that they have the capability to reproduce and  the freedom to decide if, when  and  how often to do so,” it said.

“This further implies that women and men attain  equal relationships in matters  related to sxual relations and reproductions.”

The  proposed legislation mandates the  state  to respect “individual’s  preferences and choice of family  planning methods that are in accordance with their religious convictions and  cultural beliefs, taking into consideration the state’s obligations under various human rights instruments.”

“Each family shall have the right to determine its ideal family size  provided however that the state shall equip each parent with the necessary information on all aspects of family life, including reproductive health and  responsible parenthood in order to make that determination,” it said.

No person , under the bill, should also be denied information and access to family planning services whether natural or  artificial .

“Provided that minors  will not be allowed access to modern methods of family planning without written consent from their parents or guardians,’ it said.

The  bill likewise provides for “age and development-appropriate reproductive health education  to adolescents, which shall be taught by adequately trained teachers in formal and non-formal education system…”


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

    Sana nakinig muna sa speech ng ILO President ang 13 Senators…

    • poordoy

       para saan pa?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

      ILO President

      ang mga representative nito ay iniisip lang naman niyan ay ikakabuti at pakinabang ng kanilang organization, idagdag mo pa diyan IMF, World Bank…. this international manipulator institution are not for good standard of living of Pilipinos.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YAU43R25CAHGNYPHE6HLAM3V6Y Benjamin

    13-8 ang boto ? ito na rin ang magiging boto pag sinipa na si tatang…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

    Reproductive Health bill by a 13-8 vote with no abstention.

    Napakagandang pakinggan at basahin… NO ABSTENTION….ganyan dapat manindigan!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ICYWMBS3YFLGCUKMKSNHBLP36E Entropia

    Its good as passed. We have to now monitor its implementation, and of course the results that it was supposed to attain in the future, such as reduction in maternal mortality, etc. As they say, the real test of the pudding is in the eating.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZUGKMNYSK2ZSSS4B2LVNDWP5XM lagalag

    Don’t vote for the 8 Senators who voted against the Rh Bill. This bill is long overdue, hopefully it become law before year end.

    Yes,yes to RH

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HEY4F7YF4ICGLMYXVFKU7DN3GE Nicole

      Pro RH Bless Us everyone

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HAPQVQNMOOCNHB54ONDGD2KSRE esther

    THANK YOU LORD

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HEY4F7YF4ICGLMYXVFKU7DN3GE Nicole

      thankyou God it’s your will of will to let the people think deeply and understands deeply

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

    Congratulation to all Pilipinos especially for those less fortunate couples and less fortunate and battered wife. Maligayang Pasko po sainyo.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZUGKMNYSK2ZSSS4B2LVNDWP5XM lagalag

    It’s really fun in the Philippines, Yes to Sin Tax Bill, Yes to Rh Bill and soon Yes to FOI Bill.

    Buhay na uli ang demokrasya sa Pilipinas. Bukas na ang isipan ng mga tao sa pagbabago, huwag ng paalipin sa matatamis na dila ng mga obispo at pari.

    I’m proud to be a Filipino.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZUGKMNYSK2ZSSS4B2LVNDWP5XM lagalag

    t’s really fun in the Philippines, Yes to Sin Tax Bill, Yes to Rh Bill and soon Yes to FOI Bill.
    Buhay na uli ang demokrasya sa Pilipinas. Bukas na ang isipan ng mga tao sa pagbabago, huwag ng paalipin sa matatamis na dila ng mga obispo at pari.

    I’m proud to be a Filipino.

    Note: NO VOTE for 8 Senators who voted against the Rh Bill maging wise voters na tayo para sa tuloy tuloy na pag-unlad.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZUGKMNYSK2ZSSS4B2LVNDWP5XM lagalag

    t’s really fun in the Philippines, Yes to Sin Tax Bill, Yes to Rh Bill and soon Yes to FOI Bill.
    Buhay na uli ang demokrasya sa Pilipinas. Bukas na ang isipan ng mga tao sa pagbabago, huwag ng paalipin sa matatamis na dila ng mga obispo at pari.

    I’m proud to be a Filipino.

    Note: NO VOTE for 8 Senators who voted against the Rh Bill maging wise voters na tayo para sa tuloy tuloy na pag-unlad.

  • blainz

    YES!!!   13 votes, an absolute majority. Third reading in the senate will be a breeze!

    The third reading votes in the House seem to be in greater favor of the RH bill than before! May mga nahimasmasan ata.

    It’s a total win for the pro-RH. This is a historic moment!

    Congrats to all the pro-RH out there. I only wish Rizal was around to see this day, to witness his country becoming more politically mature. Let’s celebrate this long overdue victory over the Damasos!

  • brunogiordano

    YEHEEYYY!!!!!!

    Hindi na puwedeng hadlangan ang RH bill para maging BATAS ngayon KAPASKUHAN.

    PEACE? MALIGAYANG PASKO SA LAHAT!!!

  • blainz

    Update: House vote over… 133 yes, 79 no, 7 abstains

    Hurray!!! MABUHAY ANG PILIPINAS!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

    “History will judge us,” Enrile said. (in other news tabloid)

    The history aready tells me Mr. Enrile…..when I was a child you are already in government with Marcos regime and until now but the lives and standard of living of more Pilipinos are become worst….economical, moral, spiritual….what is this shows…..Philippines became stagnant going to worst because there are a lot of elective politicians in the government are TRAPO or traditional politicians…they don’t want to move-on the Philippines only they want their pocket and family will move-on not their countrymen! HISTORY ALREADY TELLS! Philippines must move-on.

    • buttones

      What you say is very true, and history is laid out from Quezon to the last offering of an Aquino. In all these years I cannot see how the nation as a whole has progressed at all for the overwhelming majority. There are for a start more people living hand to mouth, more poverty- yes the % has gone down but the actual people involved have gone up! History has shown us we have lost our forests and our very environment, our rivers and streams and cities are polluted, we make no benefit from our mineral resources, violence stalks our streets, corruption still goes rewarded- I mean what sort off progress is this? We have no defense industry, no aerospace industry, no automobile industry, our educational facilities are a mess, our health care and social systems are even worse. This is progress? I would argue that the whole experiment, yes an experiment- of the tradpols from Quezon onwards has resulted in what I can only describe as dismal failure…That is what ‘history’ has shown to me. And maybe Enrile, in his frail dotage fails to understand one simple thing, the only thing we learn from history is the fact we learn nothing at all…

      • ARIKUTIK

        Those creatures seated in round table of dynasty learns from history how Aguinaldo grabed power. It is the ants that learns nothing at all. They still believe that Rizal is a hero.

      • buttones

        True….

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/HEY4F7YF4ICGLMYXVFKU7DN3GE Nicole

        true Sir’ it’s true

      • buttones

        Thank you for your comment Nicole- I think progress can only be measured by looking at the point we started at, and looking at the point we have arrived at and making a simple comparison. End of the Vietnam war- now look, doing quite well, end of the Korean war, doing quite well, Japan end of WWll, doing quite well, I won’t even mention China, Laos, Indonesia and Cambodia. My dear Philippines have not done so well, they tell me we will, as the Queen of Hearts from Alice’s wonderland once said “Jam yesterday, jam tomorrow but NEVER jam today….”
        [I’m a girl by the way] Thanks’ for you comment again, and have a wonderful Christmas…..

  • brunogiordano

    Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, Senate President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada, Senators Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, Antonio Trillanes IV, Manuel Villar, Bong Revilla, Vicente Sotto III, and Gregorio Honasan voted against the passage of the bill.

    • buttones

      It’s good news, finally a step forward….. Yes names have been taken…and printed out actually with a little red flag against each one, it’s on my fridge door, as a reminder.. Makes voting a little easier next year…

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/KQX2C734DH76DBRXV4RXP4AMIM John

      at nakakabilib ang paninindigan nila sa alam nilang tama kahit pa malalaking tao ang kalaban nila

  • Ommm

    Well it took our lawmakers 14 years to slip on a condom and the population has doubled in the process…..

    Now these fools are sheltering the very  “minors” that need protection the very most…would anybody want their 14 year old daughter getting pregnant?

    Thank the church for watering down this now useless bill and remember our cowardly lawmakers who appease them under the illusion they are reserving a place in heaven…wherever that is…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

    Philippines a democratic country…. come and feel the freedom in our country! We are free from Damaso’s influence and arrogance in our government. WE ARE FREE FROM IGNORANCE! Congratulations mga kababayan…..

    Roman-catholics needs REFORM…let the priest got married and have lovely family. Stop presentation of :”Saints” from Vatican that out in New Testament.

  • calixto909

    AQUINO, LAGMAN, SANTIAGO AND CAYETANO PLUS ALL THE OTHER CO AUTHORS OF THE RH B ILL. HOW ABOUT IF DURING THE JUDGMENT DAY GOD WOULDN’T ALLOW ALL WOMEN WHO USED PILLS TO ENTER HIS KINGDOM FOR DEFYING HIS WORDS, WHAT WOULD YOU FEEL? JUST A FIGURE OF SPEECH.  ARE YOU NOT TO BE BLAMED FOR DUPING THEM TO USE IT SINCE IT’S FREE AND AVAILABLE?

    TO BE FAIR WITH THE PEOPLE’S FUND, THOSE PEOPLE WANTING TO USE CONDOM AND PILLS SHOULD BUY WHAT THEY NEEDED TO BE FAIR.

    WHY LEGISLATE A LAW TO BE FUNDED WITH PEOPLE’S FUND FAVORING AND SUPPORTING ONLY A HALF OF THE CITIZENRY WHEN IN ALL ASPECT SAID FUND IS EVERYBODY’S MONEY?  UNFAIR LEGISLATION AND ADMINISTRATION SO TO SPEAK OF. .TO BE FAIR AND SQUARE, THE ABOVE NAMED PEOPLE SHOULD ALSO COME UP WITH A HEALTH CARE LAW FUNDED EQUALLY WITH THAT OF THE RH BILL AND THE RECIPIENTS SHOULD BE THE ANTIS. WE DON’T WANT CONDOMS AND PILLS BUT WE ANTIS ALSO NEED VITAMINS, AND OTHER SUPPLEMENTS TO PROVIDE US ENERGY IN MAKING SEX SO AS A RESULT EVERYBODY HAPPY IN THIS LAND OF SAFE AND SATISFYING SEX. .

    • entong238

      maganda ang panukala mo bro. dapat lang na my health care program tayong kontra sa rh bill kung talagang matuwid na daan ang tungo ni Pnoy. Kasi talagang unfair kung sila lang ang tinutulungan niya at bale wala tayo. magrebelde na lang kung ganyan bro.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZUGKMNYSK2ZSSS4B2LVNDWP5XM lagalag

    WITH THIS YES VOTE…..I TRULY CAN SAY ITS MORE FUN TO LIVE IN THE PHILIPPINES THIS TIME.

    YES TO SIN TAX, YES TO RH, SOON TO FOLLOW FOI.

    I’M PROUD TO BE A FILIPINO

  • reychard678

    Anyway I urge this 8 senators who voted against to be elated even if they lost in their advocacy because in God’s heart their they remain. MABUHAY TAYONG LAHAT KAHIT KINUKUTYA AT TINUTULIGSA KABILAAN

  • blainz

    Senate 3rd reading vote already has 13 affirming the RH Bill… it’s academic now.

    SOTTO: “Ang kailangan natin batas naayon sa ating kultura. Mali sumunod tayo sa ibang bansa kung salungat sa ating kaugalian.”

    The clown just has to exhibit his stupidity even at the last moment. Filipinos will never change their culture for the better with his hidebound xenophobic attitude. Join Rufus Rodriguez and the bishops in ignominy.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/KQX2C734DH76DBRXV4RXP4AMIM John

      but come to think of it, he has a point..kelan ba tayo matatauhan na tumayo sa sarili nating mga paa at hindi gumagaya at sumusunod lang sa kung ano ang nakikita natin sa ibang bansa? kakalimutan mo ang sarili mong kultura para lang maging katulad nila tayo?

      • blainz

        By your own logic, Filipinos should throw out the Catholic Church then… foreign faith in a foreign god… a cultural imposition from the Spaniards, with leadership from the Vatican, worshipping a son-god from Jerusalem.

        Sotto’s argument for independence is spurious, appealing to simple-minded patriotism to change the topic. The issue is reproductive health, not independence.

  • blainz

    More idiocy from Sotto:

    “Sa ibang bansa, bawal gumamit ng plastic, akalain mo isasabatas natin ang gamit ng condom?”

    Huh?!? Coming right after “Mali sumunod tayo sa ibang bansa”?

    “We must preserve and protect every part of Constitution.”

    Try reading up on the separation of Church an State. It’s there in the Constitution awaiting your protection.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/KQX2C734DH76DBRXV4RXP4AMIM John

      you call it idiocy kasi taliwas sa paniniwala mo

      • blainz

        It is idiotic to contradict oneself in the same passage. Sotto first appeals against foreign influence, then appeals for it.

        It is also idiotic to assert he is protecting the Constitution when he keeps violating the separation of Church and State.

        Just accept the anti-RH lost… you’ve all run out of arguments now.

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

    HAHAHA, LOOZER bishops.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HEY4F7YF4ICGLMYXVFKU7DN3GE Nicole

    it is an obligation to inform and educate the People bout this Bill to use for equality and a very legitimate responsive action of human being therefore knowledge to know and control is barely should apply to this consent the rights for every individual should be heared I am Pro to this said Reproductive Health Bill Godbless the Pres. I know he is enlighted and guided and the Senators and Congressmen who’s favor on to this very important thing to be a law in our Country GOD BLESS US ALL Merry Merry Christmas and Thankyou so very much………



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