Aquino will sign RH bill before end of the year, says Palace


President Benigno Aquino. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–President Benigno Aquino, who had a falling out with the leadership of the influential Catholic Church for pushing for the passage of the reproductive health ill, seemed to be in no rush to sign the measure, which was finally passed last week by both chambers of Congress.

In a radio interview, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the President has yet to sign the RH bill, whose bicameral version was ratified by the Senate and House of Representatives before adjourning for their traditional Christmas break last Thursday.

She assured the public, however, that the consolidated version of House Bill No. 4244 and Senate Bill No. 2865 would be definitely signed by the President “before the end of the year.”

Valte said a few more days would not hurt RH advocates, considering that the measure had already hurdled 13 years of legislative debates.

“The long (awaited), the very hotly contested and acrimonious, the long been discussed–perhaps, for 10 million years–Responsible Parenthood Bill was passed under the leadership of President Aquino. He will sign it before the end of the year,” Valte said.

With the long weekend, the President won’t be back in Malacañang until the next working day (December 26), a Tuesday. Monday and Tuesday have been declared as a nonworking day and regular holiday, respectively.

Valte said she has yet to receive advice from the Office of the President when Mr. Aquino is due to sign it.

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    Hey Aquino ! what are you waiting for…. sign that RH bill NOW. The Bishops are already defeated !

    • ngidigop

      Bishops are not only defeated they are excited as well.  They can avail free condoms and free vasectomy

      • Ommm

         Bishops prefer boys so don’t need vasectomies…..

      • ngidigop

        Pre thank you for the info.

  • gilbs72

    Watching/reading pro-RH people GLOAT while mocking/ridiculing the Church, senators and congressmen who fought against RH Bill makes me a bit relieved despite the outcome. I wouldn’t wish to be counted among them, and I probably wouldn’t hear the Church or the faithful do the same (at least they didn’t in the past several congresses that the bid failed to make it into law). I’d pick a sore loser over a bad winner anytime. Only proves what sort of people support such a bill. The issue to them seems really more about the Church, Sotto and personalities, rather than Reproductive Health or women’s rights. This bill is a hiccup compared to 2,000 years the Church has faced greater challenges. Almost any bill–good or bad–that you keep pushing for many congresses will eventually make it (even a legalize-marijuana bill may eventually make it). But only the good bills tend to win on the first try. In fact, the more failures it meets, the greater the urge for politicians to make a “landmark” or “milestone” out of it so they can grandstand.

    • Jane Tan

      Not everyone that supports the Bill is like that. But, you can’t blame them when the Church resorted to such tactics.

    • tonyoks

      Glib, tanggap ba ng konsensya mo na hiranging bayani at tagapagtanggol ng mga inaapi si Imelda Marcos, Si Lakay Enrile,  ng mga obispo na to,  na ang pahirap na pinaranas sa atin, hanggang ngayon ay damang dama pa????

      • gilbs72

        Hindi tanggap ng konsensya ko, at ipinaglaban ko din yan lalo na noong panahon ni Gloria. As a Catholic I have my complaints with the Church and I voice them out as well.  However, winners should be decent enough to stick to the issues that they fought for – not resort to mockery like juveniles (e.g. sotto wanbol jokes, priest-bashing, etc.)  It’s all over FB and forums like this. Pinapakita lang nito na they just want any victory over a formidable foe, and it doesn’t have anything to do with the principles. After all, the faith is separate from the priests/bishops.  An RH Law doesn’t change the fact that millions of Filipinos still believe in the Catholic faith. Respect that, and remain respectable winners.



      • gilbs72

        If it’s really over, ‘di sana tapos na din ang paninira at pambabastos. Magkaisa na tayo. Pero di ganyan ang asal ng RH supporters.

    • Hein S

      The church LIED, THREATENED, MISINFORMED and PRESSURED the people and Lawmakers.

      They deserved the Wrath of the People.

      The Majority has Spoken.

      • philip hernaez

        beg to disagree…

  • Edgardo Mendoza


  • speaksoftlylove

    This government must have been aware that something is forthcoming that is why PNoy is delaying the signing of the RH bill. Are they waiting for the “Disclosure” by the managers? Maybe I’m wrong.

  • Jao Romero

    his signature doesn’t matter since if he doesn’t sign, the bill lapses into law anyway. it’s not the “signing into law” that is the president’s power. it’s his right to veto any bill that is the president’s real power. as usual, the idiots and the ignoramuses are the first to air out their opinion without having anything real meaningful to say.

    • speaksoftlylove

      You are speaking about yourself and an “idiot” as well because the president’s veto power can be overruled by Congress.

  • speaksoftlylove

    “The long (awaited), the very hotly contested and acrimonious, the
    long been discussed–perhaps, for 10 million years–Responsible Parenthood
    Bill was passed under the leadership of President Aquino. He will sign
    it before the end of the year,” Valte said”

    Did you hear what I hear? Did you see what I see?

    Valte, saan mo nakuha yang “perhaps 10 million years?” Pinagusapan na ba ng mga dinosaurs, T Rex at apemen yong Responsible Parenthood Bill noon? Maligo ka inday at mukhang lasing ka.

  • regd

    Call me cruel but I fancy that PNoy is prolonging the agony of the church & the antis. Wouldn’t it be nice if somebody ask him when he’s signing it and the response is: ‘I already did! When & were? Inside the church after the mass!’ That’ll be AWESOME!

  • superpilipinas

    By signing it, he opens the last door.

    Next will be:1. Divorce2. Same-sex marriage3. Marijuana4. Assisted suicide5. Incest

    If this generation was able to cross the line, there’s no turning back and the next generation will push for more of this so called “progress”. This will be the “straw that breaks the camel’s back”.

    When all these are “achieved”. People will look back to history and remember Aquino as THE  person who opened the last gate to all these. 

    • philip hernaez

      an evil…

  • Edgardo Mendoza


  • darkempire007

    Since whe was having a lot of kids you cannot afford to take care of a good thing?

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