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Bicam reconvenes to iron out ‘kinks’ in RH bill

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Senator Pia Cayetano (center) during the bicameral conference committee meeting on Reproductive Health bill held at the Century Seafood Restaurant in Manila on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. Photo from the office of Sen. Pia Cayetano

MANILA, Philippines — The bicameral conference committee convened on Wednesday to iron out differences in the controversial Reproductive Health bill.

The bicameral meeting at the Century Seafood Restaurant in Manila was closed to the media.

Present at the meeting that started a little past 9 a.m. were Senators Pia Cayetano, head of the Senate panel, Teofisto Guingona III, Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Ralph Recto, Minority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano, Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III.

Iloilo Representative Janette Garin (center) during the bicameral conference committee meeting on Reproductive Health bill at the Century Seafood Restaurant in Manila on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. Photo from the office of Sen. Pia Cayetano

Present from the House of Representatives were Albay Representative Edcel Lagman, Batanes Representative Henedina Abad, Quezon Representative Danilo Suarez, Iloilo Representative Janette Garin, among others.

Cayetano expressed hope that the bicam report on the bill would be ratified this Wednesday, the last day of session before Congress goes on a Christmas break.

“That would be ideal,”   she told reporters before the meeting.

Cayetano identified at least three contentious issues of the bill: the role of the local and national governments, access of minors to Reproductive Health services, and the mandatory RH education in schools.

“Everything else is style,” she pointed out.

Once the bicameral committee agreed on the differences, both panels of the House and the Senate will return to their respective chambers to ratify the bill.

Once ratified, the bill will then be transmitted to President Benigno Aquino III for signature.

Originally posted at 09:53 am | Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012


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  • brunogiordano

    Cayetano expressed hope Tuesday that the bicam report on the bill would be ratified this Wednesday, the last day of session before Congress goes on a Christmas break.

    Walang uuwi hanggang hindi na-naratified.

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

      kaso baka si tito escalera mag “may i go out” kasi recess na, hehehe…

  • ExpatAmVet

    Congratulations to the Filipino lawmakers who voted for the RH bill and finally beginning the transition to the 21st Century in terms of human development. Next, I urge you to pass a comprehensive divorce bill and end The Philippines being the Only country in the world Without a divorce procedure. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  • kwapong654

    sige ipasa na yan ng matingnan ang kabutihang pinagyayabang niyo at sana nama ay magkatotoo kasi pa pumalpak at lalanog magulo ang pillipinas ay maging vigilante ako at hantingin ko kayong lahat na mga pumirma sa bill na yan

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

      The effect of this bill might not be felt in your lifetime. It will take decades before the positive results will be seen. This bill is one of the long-term, not a short-term, approaches to mitigate poverty.

      • https://me.yahoo.com/a/hbRkpPw1oYTBJamz.EH7acMZBBVoIlWXriA-#e4348 Felix

        Hindi naman siguro lifetime kasi ang pagbubuntis ay wala pang isang taon ay magsisilang na. Ayon sa mga dalubhasa maraming unwanted pregnancies lalo na ng kabataan at marami din ang namamatay na ina dahil sa pagsilang ng sanggol ng walang sapat na gamit pangkalusugan. Kung nabilang ang mga unwanted pregnancies at maternal deaths ng nakaraan ay marahil mabibilang din kung meron pa pagkatapos ipatupad ang batas at maihahambing ang dalawang numero kung natupad o hindi ang adhikain ng batas. At kung hindi nga mabisa ang batas sana itigil ang pagtustos dito at ang pera ay gamitin sa mas higit na mararamdaman ang bisa.

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    The committee shouldn’t have chosen a seafood restaurant as venue.  For sure, the bishops’ hyperactive noses will start to smell something fishy.  Notwithstanding the fact that “the fish” is one of the earliest of Christian symbols, and that they could actually be just smelling themselves.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AYITA5V33GYZSLC3G37UCVNTKA Ben

    Empowering people everywhere to create the change they want to see. Congratulations to all of us who wants to change for the future of all Filipinos…..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NWS5555HSDDFIVPBZEC2QPBOGM Nelson

    Why spend taxpayers money and convene in a restaurant? Very unprofessional! Our lawmakers do not even know how to dignify their jobs!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PZR7JI7G2WD2CTVMZ7LM667FD4 Ugly Bunny

       That’s why we need FOI. Tsk tsk.

    • Facilitator1

      All I can say our lawmakers are NOT good steward of Juan dela Cruz’ meager, minuscule budget. PEACE

  • Albert Einstien

    TAMA ang CBCP ……TALAMAK ang KURAPSYON ngayon

    sabi din ng COA ngayon panahon ni pnoy…..101.8 billion ang kurapsyon sa 2011 AUDIT nila….HIGHEST CORRUPTION in our HISTORY daw….

    at ni-reappoint pa nga ni pnoy yung ..chairman ng pagcor NAGUIAT ..kahit alam ng boung mundo yung alleged INT’L BRIBERY sa macau…nasa internet pa nga ang FREEH report na isinubmit sa gaming compliance committe…allegedly tumamangap ng pang-gaming ( pangsugal ) at pang -shopping sila naguiat at current pagcor officials..ng sept at oct 2010 visit nila kasama pa nila mga pamilya nila…INAMIN naman nila kaso INDUSTRY PRACTICE daw…don pa lang GUILTY na sila ng KRIMEN na INDIRECT BRIBERY…PINILIT pa ITAGO ang pangalan ni NAGUIAT..alias INCOGNITO inilagay para MAKAPAGTAGO……di lang yan me VIDEO report pa si TABERNA ng abs-cbn sa paggamit for PERSONAL & PRIVATE use ng pamilya ni naguiat sa mga KOTSE at EMPLEYADO ng pagcor..allegedly 2 years na…GRABE…DOJ at NBI ..tulog po ba kayo….O….BULAG,PIPI at BINGI po ba kayo…

    ….yan KALAMIDAD ni pablo ….mahigit 1,000 namatay ……..dahil yan sa logging at mining ….na PROTEKTADO ng mga KKK…….YUN NFA SCAM di ba involved mga APPOINTEES ni pnoy,…yun COMMISSIONER ng PRC BRIBERY case din yun…..mga NBI chiefs, PDEA chiefs, at kung sino sin pa..KURAPSYUN LAHAT…mga APPOINTEES lahat ni PNOY…..HUWAD na DAAN…

    sigurado pati CONDOM KUKURAPIN din…ng mga KKK……..P 2.500,000,000.00 BILYON pesos…(sa 2 pesos kd condom…1,225,000,000 BILYONG CONDOMS yan..ilan ba ang GAGAMIT e baka wal pang 100,000 na malilibog lol… )…… para LANG sa CONDOM at contraceptives…ORGY to the max…..why NOT give the MONEY to VICTIMS of PABLOand ONDOY ( calamities ) & HACIENDA LUISITA, MENDIOLA and MAGUINDANAO ( massacres )….o sa LIBRO at EDUKASYON ng kabataan o dili kaya sa mga kababayan na WALANG BANYO…mas marami na condom kesa banyo sa pilipinas….. : > )o dili kaya IBIGAY sa AFP..apat na F-16s fighter planes na yan.pang bugaw sa mga kadugoat kamag-anank ni Pnoy na CHINA… o kaya ibili na lang BIGAS at IBGAY sa MILYON-MILYON wanlang makain… o ipahiram sa mga SME’s para dumami negosyo at trabaho sa pilipinas para mgaOFW at migrante ay HINDI tumakas sa kahirapan sa ating bayan na dulot ng incompetence ng govt…. : >)

    RH bill PRO-LIBOG yan….yun mga RAPIST hindi naman gumagamit ng CONDOM …dapat ibigay na lang sa PNP budget sa condom pang-sugpo sa na pakataas na KRIMINALIDAD  sa panahon ni pnoy…..so sad

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/M6SNTFCAV7PYTRWXYVELNXE6J4 NESTOR

      eat your heart out, panalo ang pro RH!!!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/FQQPZLNOMD2EBFTHSWOP6QGZWY Marshall

      dami mong sinabe…lang wenta…

      • Albert Einstien

        HINDI po nakapagtataka…kahit one liner lang..HINDI rin maintindihan ng yellow zombies..kasi BRAINLESS…!

         zombie ka po ba ?….lol

      • Magsasaka

         ikaw member ng mangmang, inc. hehehe

      • Albert Einstien

        siguro nga kasi minsan ni-li-like ko yun ibang sinasabi mo…..my friend…..katulad sa FOI pareho tayo mang-mang…kung mag-mura ka don grabe……….lol

      • Magsasaka

        ano ka ba hindi ako nagmumura pero marami akong inalipusta hehehe

    • Rigoberto_Tigdas

      ha? pakiulit nga ulit, di ko naintindihan?

      On the second thought, wag nalang. Wala namang sense e. Move on kana lang pre… may mahal na syang iba.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ME73SJ2KNVTMNU4JMRMRLRYPVQ zom

      tinanggal ni PNOY panot at bading ang allowances at benefits ng mga ordinary govt employees tapos yung mga opisyal naman na inappoint nitong bading na ito, grabe naman mangurakot at mangomisyon! hahahaha! tapos dadagdagan na naman ng RH bill? e kung ilaan yan sa budget ng education, e di sana natuwa pa mga guro! tatanga tangang mga namumuno sa bansa amputa! RH bill? pera pera lang din yan! hahaha

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

      Still your a LOSER.

    • muddygoose

      Rapist? You mean Tito Sotto?

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

      Did anyone else take a look at that post and think: that man should be in a padded room somewhere?

      • Guest

        Same idiot like the one user calling everyone “idiot”.

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

      kung makadiyos ang satanas carnival tagle ilabas mo 17billion mo at ibigay mo sa mga batang hubo!! pera naman ng mga desperado yan ano gagawin ninyo jan free tax pa yan”

  • Amboy123

    Kapal din ng mga apog nito…mga biktima ni Pablo nakikipagpatayan sa pagaagawan para makakain lang…paseafood-seafood pa mga walang konsenyansyang  hunghang mga ito!  Guess who will pay for the restaurant tab – Taxpayers!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FLJTDAJBXYODZXD5KAK76UT73Q Nerraw

    Ngayon mag-away2x na ang mga pro-rh..malamang may mga kanya2x silang mga sponsor ng contraceptive or pill supplier…magkano kaya ang nilagay ng mga corporation na mga ito para maipasa ang rh…siguro naman sasang-ayon kayo sa sinabi ko mga pro…

    • Magsasaka

       sino nag away away?mga pari alam ko nagtatalo talo dahil yong mga batang pari pabor sa RH bill pero yong mga damaso ayaw sa RH bill kasi mababawasan ang mahihirap na kabataang maari nilang biktimahin

      • Facilitator1

        Kabayan, parang ganoon rin ang nakikita ko sa bayan namin. Yung mga batang pari kahit hesitant sila sa RH Bill (multiple benefits/goal) they’re willing to listen at hindi sila opinionated (o tikom ang bibig). Hindi sila argumentative or contemptuous unlike the older generation of priests.

        @Nerraw, malamang na tama ka rin pero it’s not the call/responsibility of the bishops or any religious order on WHO will get the contract and WHERE to buy the material/med support needed for RH issues. What the bishops, nuns, and priests et al can do is to closely monitor RH budget usage and report or publicly announce their findings if there are graft and corruption anomalies or even just perceptions of wrongdoing. Parang eleksyon…may bantay boto; but in this case, bantay budget ni Juan dela Cruz. PEACE

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ME73SJ2KNVTMNU4JMRMRLRYPVQ zom

      tanong natin kay ninong edcel lagman.. hahaha

  • virgoyap

    There’s no need for a debate now. Whether they like it or not the bill has passed. The last things they could do is to iron it out and pass this to the palace for approval.

  • regd

    So, what happens if mr. xerox continue to filibuster till kingdom come?

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

    TITO SOTTO TILL KINGDOM COME? PATAY NA NAMAN TAYO JAN YAN NMN SASABIHIN NIYAN PANATIC NA KAMPON NI CARNIVAL TAGLE!!

  • disqusted0fu

    Bicam reconvenes to iron out ‘kinks’ in RH bill – yes, the RH bill has some kinkiness in it… thats how Pnoy likes it!
     

  • http://www.facebook.com/mae.heredia Mae Heredia-VandenDungen

     It’s time we re-read as a nation The 1987
    Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines and realize that the RH
    Bill is Unconstitutional. Read Article II, Section 12 specifically
    that states: “It shall equally protect the life of the mother and the
    life of the unborn from conception.” This constitution was promulgated
    and uphold by Her Excellency President Corazon Aquino. Let us
    remember….what are we doing now?



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