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RH, ‘desaparecidos’ bills now laws

President signed without fanfare

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Without fanfare, President Benigno Aquino III signed the reproductive health (RH) bill into law last Dec. 21.

It was signed together with the Anti-Enforced Disappearance Act.

The highly contentious RH law provides “universal access” to reproductive health services and supplies such as contraceptives.

Unimpeachable administration sources confirmed to the Inquirer late Friday an initial report  from House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II that the measure had been signed by Mr. Aquino in Malacañang before the four-day long weekend began,  four days after it was passed by both chambers of Congress amid staunch opposition from the Roman Catholic hierarchy and prolife organizations.

The measure is now known as Republic Act No. 10354.

A member of the President’s inner circle, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, however issued an unequivocal confirmation to the Inquirer.

“I think RH has been signed, but I’m not sure when,” said Abad in a text message at 9:17 p.m. on Friday.

A Senate staff member said by phone that Mr. Aquino said he did not want “fanfare, so that it won’t be a controversy anymore.”

“It should be Malacañang that should announce it, not us,” said the staff member of a senator who voted for the passage of the measure. The staff asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the matter.

Earlier Friday, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte had been evasive when asked to confirm or deny speculations, which had been rife since last week, that the bill had been signed.

“We haven’t been advised yet by the Office of Executive Secretary or OES (Paquito) Ochoa. Allow me to explain also what happens (when a bill is up for the President’s signature).

“When the President signs a bill into law, it gets sent to the Office of the Executive Secretary for the RA (Republic Act) number, and for processing,” she said, referring to the process in which a signed copy of the law would be stamped with a barcode and go through “other validation.

The task of announcing the enactment into law of the controversial measure fell on the lap of Valte  during her regular interview with state-run Radyo ng Bayan at noon on Saturday.

Although Mr. Aquino signed the measure before the close of office hours on Dec. 21, it took “some time” before the private office of the President and the Office of the Executive Secretary completed the process, said the administration sources.

 

Not to antagonize Church

“The reason the Palace is announcing it (Saturday) is because it took sometime to process it, and the Palace didn’t want to (antagonize) anti-RH people during the Christmas holiday season,” said one source.

“The bill had to be processed after signing,” said the other source, saying that the process had been completed on Dec. 27, giving Palace officials a day or two to announce it.

The sources confirmed that the Aquino administration was trying to avoid yet another confrontation with the Catholic Church in the run up to Christmas.

“The understanding was to announce it tomorrow, precisely, to avoid this (complication),” said the source.

The source was referring to an agreement to allow the Palace to make the announcement ahead of the House of Representatives. This, however, had not been followed.

Mr. Aquino could not be reached for official comment. He and Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras are scheduled to return to the Palace on Saturday after a four-day vacation in the summer capital.

House Majority Leader Gonzales  confirmed the signing on Friday night, saying the measure officially became a law “without fanfare.”

The President was credited for providing a belated push to the RH bill, which was facing stiff opposition in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

He certified the bill as urgent soon after it was passed on second reading at the House, allowing the Senate to pass it on second and third readings on the same day.

Cornerstone

The cornerstone of RA 10354 is the State guarantee on “universal access to medically-safe, non-abortifacient, effective, legal, affordable, and quality reproductive health care services, methods devices, supplies.”

But it comes with the condition that they should not “prevent the implantation of the fertilized ovum as determined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).”

It also defines “reproductive health” as the “state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, in all matters relating to the reproductive system and to its functions and process.”

“This implies that people are able to have a responsible, safe, consensual 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 adds.

An apparent compromise with anti-RH bill lawmakers is the guarantee that “reproductive health rights do not include abortion, and access to abortifacients.”

RA 10354 defines abortifacients as “any drug or device that induces abortion or the destruction of a fetus inside the mother’s womb, or the prevention of the fertilized ovum to reach and be implanted in the mother’s womb upon determination by the FDA.”

 First posted 12:31 am | Saturday, December 29th, 2012


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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5EV2FNQUSNLESIPZKVIR43JSCI Juan Dela cruz

    Good job Sir! Let’s follow it with Divorce law! Philippines is now on the right path…

    • batid

       MERRY CHRISTMAS PRESIDENT AND PEACE SA LAHAT. SANA MAGTULOYTULOY NA ITONG PAGBABAGO SA PAMUMUNO NGATING BANSA. LAW THAT IS REACHABLE BY ALL PILIPINOS. DIVORSE YES NOW NA RIN.

    • littlesoulxv

      yup.  right path to destruction.  after divorce law, same sex marriage. 

  • LabkoPinas

    We are now entering the era of enlightenment and out of the dark ages. We hope and pray that the church will do the same thing which will endear it to the young which will allow it then to be the bastion of our faith.

    • WAJ

      I think what the church going to do next is to convince the women that it will be a sin to take the contraceptives.

    • littlesoulxv

      we are now living the era of chastisement.  loss of faith is worse than nukes.  

    • $39764945

      To say the Church should come out from the Dark Ages and be “Enlightened” to endear herself to the young is not only preposterous, but stupid to say the least. First of all the Catholic Church was founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ while he was here on earth. His teachings and doctrines handed to his Apostles from generation to generations up to now and to the end of times are immutable that can never be changed. It is so because he is the Creator of all things on earth and the whole universe. If some Church Officials erred in some of these doctrines which are obviously manifested today, just remember Clerics are only human beings subject to errors like you and me. That does not mean all Bishops, Priests, etc. are all bad. Going back to the issue, it is the world and the people who must change and conform to Our Lord Who is The Light of The World so those in the dark will come out and see The Light. 

  • innit1

    This will be one of Mr Aquino’s  legacies. Job well done Mr President! Hopefully it will be effectively implemented with education of many poor women who have misonceptions about contraceptions.

    Next: politicians under investigation of crimes/corruption will be banned from entering governement service.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5EV2FNQUSNLESIPZKVIR43JSCI Juan Dela cruz

       Right! how can she stay inside the capitol when she is under investigation, now she is laughing inside the government office where she can change or alter any wrong doing… bogus expenses, etc…. here in Canada, if you are being investigated, you cant even call your friends or co workers…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QEHKXMM5XZTZFHDNVTZDDCSAXY Vincent James

    Well done Aquino. One step closer to development.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/KXIL5TOZ2M6A2OWZFQRR2YY3WE Walaparintatalosaalaska

      more like one step closer to divorce and same sex marriage…

    • littlesoulxv

      onward to maldevelopment.  

  • brunogiordano

    Mga pari, obispo at cardinal at mga anti-RH,

    PEACE!

    Happpy NEW YEAR!!! Sa lahat.

  • bilango71

    Palparan was a little monster created by GMA.  He was a verdugo disguised as a military officer..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7IGQYIPU6AFTVRJ742XT2X44M4 Jef

    Philippines well done….go go go 

    • littlesoulxv

      go go go to hell.  that’s the destination were going. sorry.

      • dickenhead

        youre there? so you know

  • Hey_Dudes

    Whether the bill will be signed on Christmas day, holy week or April Fool’s day, it won’t matter to those who are against it.  It is, however, incumbent upon those tasked by the electorate to do their job regardless who’s spit is the farthest.

    In this regard, the president should not and ‘ought not to give meaningful regard to the sentiment of a disgruntling minority group over the anticipated improvement in life covering a wide range of citizens long been shackled by these churches with their false beliefs.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AIPSCQM2TZQUMQ5GEIMWMWDFL4 Edward Solilap

    Hayaan na natin magalit ang mga Pari at Obispo araw araw naman galit ang mga ‘yan lalo na kung kakaunti ang nagbibigay ng limos. Thanks to President Aquino, Congressmen & Senators who help pass the RH Bill Happy New Year to all of us.

  • KapitanBagwis

    What ever happened to the Red Ribbon pastries and cakes???

  • mnlmad

    Congratulations to the Philippines! It feels good to be out of the bishop’s clutches. We’ve been living in medieval times for too long. Next should be the Divorce law.

  • w33k3nd3r

    I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God that has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forego their use. – Galileo Galilei

    Up your noses, Damasos.

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

    We win!!!

    Hahaha, screw being a graceful winner, logic wins!!!

    I don’t agree with everything he does, but thank you P-Noy!!!

    • tamumd

      Let’s celebrate Jose. I dunno where Ian Alera is! lol

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/P4PIU2AIGVXJNQ4UBH5X64MSFE mr

    Tuwang tuwa na mga CPP-NPA-NDF di na sila pwedeng itago at ikulong pag nahuli dahil sa desaparecidos bill. Pero sila pwedeng magkidnap ng mga kalaban nila.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/P4PIU2AIGVXJNQ4UBH5X64MSFE mr

    What about a bill to penalize or jail bishops and priests or any religious person that do not respect the separation of religion (church) and state especially during election and on making controversial laws such as these two.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

       It ain’t happen.  The church and bishops believe they’re above everything.

    • WAJ

       I’ll go for this one 100%! Very good comment, bro.

    • boinkie

       ah, so people of faith don’t have freedom of speech?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/P4PIU2AIGVXJNQ4UBH5X64MSFE mr

        sila nga sumisira sa freedom of speech kasi sila mismo nagdidikta sa mga Katokliko na pag di sinunod utos ng mga baklang obispo ay ititiwalag sila sa simbahan o hindi bibigyan ng communion.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    Obviously, there’s a huge difference between Pnoy and his late mother Cory in dealing with the Catholic Church.  While his mother obeyed or was dictated by the church particularly the late Cardinal Sin, Pnoy is not afraid to go against the church’s dictates.  If only for this, I salute Pnoy.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/KXIL5TOZ2M6A2OWZFQRR2YY3WE Walaparintatalosaalaska

      we’ll see…

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

        Yes indeed, Pnoy shows he doesn’t follow the dictate of the Catholic Church in many issues.  I’m no fan of his but his firm stand against the church’s meddling deserves my admiration. 

  • frudo

    finally naka kuha rin sila ng katapat 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BNH2EF27LQAVTR2GUP3FV5PLKY good muslim

    Dec 21 ,2012 , dooms day to Catholic church. go go P nioy. good job.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/P4PIU2AIGVXJNQ4UBH5X64MSFE mr

      naka huli ka na sa balita, nagunaw na ang mundo (ng mga Muslim)

  • WAJ

    The bill becomes effective as soon as the President signed it. No need to elaborate the process.

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

    Congratulations to all who fought for the rights of women, mothers and especially the poor folks. The RH law heralds a new beginning for the country, a milestone in our nation’s history where our political processes have attained maturity at last, free from the influence of an interventionist church.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    • bundee

      REVERSE THE BRAIN DRAIN (From Bangkok_Post).

      More than eight
      years have passed since Her Majesty the Queen lamented the effects of
      the brain drain caused by the mandatory retirement of civil servants at
      the age of 60. The Civil Service Commission agreed with her suggestions
      and in 2008 a legal amendment to the Civil Service Act was approved to
      allow a select number of senior civil servants in the legal and medical
      fields to continue working until they reached 70.

      Those
      qualifying were mostly judges, and the regular exodus from the civil
      service continued each September as 60-year-old retirees filed out the
      door.

      It is now clear that this change in the law did not go far enough and that the country is wasting productive human resources.

      Specifically, it failed to take into account declining birth rates which will gradually shrink
      the pool of eligible young candidates, the greying population and the
      country’s long-term needs in providing a growing number of public
      services. Nor did it take account the fact that the mandatory retirement
      age of 60 was set in 1941 when the average life expectancy of a Thai
      citizen was 52. Now it is 74 due to better health care, but retirement
      for most government workers and many in the private sector continues to
      be at 60.

      Statisticians also note the average age of the
      nation’s 2.7 million civil servants is 43 with medical expenses alone
      running to 60 billion baht a year, of which roughly half goes to
      dependents over the age of 60. That health care bill can only increase.
      It is all part of a worldwide trend as governments question their
      ability to meet eventual social security obligations given a gradual
      decline in the available workforce.

      Japan is pushing its
      retirement age to 65 in March and many European Union countries are
      increasing their pension entitlement age from 65 to 68.

      The
      Civil Service Commission is aware of the problems that lie ahead and is
      likely to recommend an increase in the retirement age to 62 and the
      recall of recent retirees with exceptional skills, such as engineers and
      university lecturers. For this plan to work, an even greater reform is
      necessary; one that would bring about an end to promotions based purely
      on seniority, and have them replaced by those based on ability and
      performance.

      Birthdays alone count for little and age-based
      retirement has been phased out in many countries because it is
      discriminatory. Enforcing arbitrary retirement ages instead of using a
      real appraisal of a person’s competence ignores the fact that some
      people are ineffective at 65 and others at 45. Many people today are
      achieving new goals well into their 70s and beyond.

      The number
      of seniors, or those over 60, is expected to increase to 22% of the
      total population over the next two decades, up from 12% this year.
      Demographers warn that within three decades, Thailand could find itself
      in a situation where there could be just two working people bearing the
      tax burden for each elderly person with migrant labour no longer
      available. Each successive generation is likely to be smaller than the
      last.

      The process is a gradual one, but the spectre of zero
      growth looms, paving the way for a society in which the old outnumber
      the young. Such radical changes in society would have to be sustained
      through well-funded social welfare schemes. But where would the revenue
      come from to finance them? This is a ticking time bomb and action is
      needed to defuse it. There is no better time to start than the New Year.

  • mynnyx

    tama si pinoy………….balang araw pangkaraniwan na lang sa mga kabataan ang may nakatagong condom sa bulsa o sa wallet god bless pinoy condom……….wahehehehehehe

  • mynnyx

    mabuhay ang mga congressman at senator na bumoto sa rh bills…………kasi matuturuan na ang mga kabataan kung paano gumamit ng condom at contraceptives pills para di mabuntis….dumami nawa ang pamilya nyo………pagpalain sana kayo ng dyos……………wahehehehehehehe

    • darkempire007

      how many kids are having kids?..how many street children roaming around?..get educated

  • littlesoulxv

    Thou shall not kill.  

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/U2VPSRNUA6MZGXS7FX6W5ZRCBI Antonio

      who’s killing who? the law is not abortion.. read the bill please so you will be educated..

      • Mendoza_Juniors

         Utak ipis. Yong di magandang ibubunga ang tingnan mo. Di mo maisip yon kasi wala ka utak. :D

  • Mattino2011

    Yehey lilitaw na un mga nawawala….

  • glen cabaces

    gud news para magkaroon ng edukasyon ang kabataan sa ligtas na pagtatalik at maiwasan ang mga aksidenteng pagbubuntis biglaang pagaasawa at paglobo ng mga mahihirap kaya lang naman nagiging bastos ang sex dahil ginagawan ng malisya ng matatanda kaya ang kabataan nakokyuryos kung panu makipagtalik kaya duon humahantong sa biglang pagbubuntis ng hinde pa handa…mabuhay ka pinoy

    • mynnyx

      good news daw………di aso ang mga kabataan para gumamit ng condom tao  sila pre………gusto mo bang yong anak ng mga pro rh bill na nagaproba  eh  gumamit ng condom para di magbuntis……………..wahehehehehe di malisya yan………

      • darkempire007

        instead of getting pregnant in an early age?.. did you tell your parents the first time you had sex?..or if your having sex?…you think kids will ask their parents permission to have sex?.that stupid?

  • dickenhead

    good job Pnoy! now let’s tax ‘em

    • mynnyx

      dapat ang itax ni pinoy yong hacienda luisita………..yong mga senator at congressman na nagapproba sa rh bill maraming mga negosyo yan mga yan……kaya naghihirap ang mga pinoy……….tignan mo kung nasaan ang mga pamilya ng mga yan……….ngayon pasko at bagong taon………..eh ang simbahan barya barya lang at saka di naman napupunta sa mga pari yan eh sa dyos yan……para sa kabutihan………

    • bundee

      For the Dickhead:

      REVERSE THE BRAIN DRAIN (From Bangkok_Post).

      More than eight
      years have passed since Her Majesty the Queen lamented the effects of
      the brain drain caused by the mandatory retirement of civil servants at
      the age of 60. The Civil Service Commission agreed with her suggestions
      and in 2008 a legal amendment to the Civil Service Act was approved to
      allow a select number of senior civil servants in the legal and medical
      fields to continue working until they reached 70.

      Those
      qualifying were mostly judges, and the regular exodus from the civil
      service continued each September as 60-year-old retirees filed out the
      door.

      It is now clear that this change in the law did not go far enough and that the country is wasting productive human resources.

      Specifically, it failed to take into account declining birth rates which will gradually shrink
      the pool of eligible young candidates, the greying population and the
      country’s long-term needs in providing a growing number of public
      services. Nor did it take account the fact that the mandatory retirement
      age of 60 was set in 1941 when the average life expectancy of a Thai
      citizen was 52. Now it is 74 due to better health care, but retirement
      for most government workers and many in the private sector continues to
      be at 60.

      Statisticians also note the average age of the
      nation’s 2.7 million civil servants is 43 with medical expenses alone
      running to 60 billion baht a year, of which roughly half goes to
      dependents over the age of 60. That health care bill can only increase.
      It is all part of a worldwide trend as governments question their
      ability to meet eventual social security obligations given a gradual
      decline in the available workforce.

      Japan is pushing its
      retirement age to 65 in March and many European Union countries are
      increasing their pension entitlement age from 65 to 68.

      The
      Civil Service Commission is aware of the problems that lie ahead and is
      likely to recommend an increase in the retirement age to 62 and the
      recall of recent retirees with exceptional skills, such as engineers and
      university lecturers. For this plan to work, an even greater reform is
      necessary; one that would bring about an end to promotions based purely
      on seniority, and have them replaced by those based on ability and
      performance.

      Birthdays alone count for little and age-based
      retirement has been phased out in many countries because it is
      discriminatory. Enforcing arbitrary retirement ages instead of using a
      real appraisal of a person’s competence ignores the fact that some
      people are ineffective at 65 and others at 45. Many people today are
      achieving new goals well into their 70s and beyond.

      The number
      of seniors, or those over 60, is expected to increase to 22% of the
      total population over the next two decades, up from 12% this year.
      Demographers warn that within three decades, Thailand could find itself
      in a situation where there could be just two working people bearing the
      tax burden for each elderly person with migrant labour no longer
      available. Each successive generation is likely to be smaller than the
      last.

      The process is a gradual one, but the spectre of zero
      growth looms, paving the way for a society in which the old outnumber
      the young. Such radical changes in society would have to be sustained
      through well-funded social welfare schemes. But where would the revenue
      come from to finance them? This is a ticking time bomb and action is
      needed to defuse it. There is no better time to start than the New Year.

  • bundee

     Reverse the Brain Drain (From Bangkok_Post)
    More than eight years have passed since Her Majesty the Queen lamented the effects of the brain drain caused by the mandatory retirement
    of civil servants at the age of 60. The Civil Service Commission agreed
    with her suggestions and in 2008 a legal amendment to the Civil Service
    Act was approved to allow a select number of senior civil servants in
    the legal and medical fields to continue working until they reached 70.

    Those qualifying were mostly judges, and the regular exodus from the
    civil service continued each September as 60-year-old retirees filed
    out the door.

    It is now clear that this change in the law did not go far enough and that the country is wasting productive human resources.

    Specifically, it failed to take into account declining birth rates
    which will gradually shrink the pool of eligible young candidates, the
    greying population and the country’s long-term needs in providing a
    growing number of public services. Nor did it take account the fact that
    the mandatory retirement age of 60 was set in 1941 when the average
    life expectancy of a Thai citizen was 52. Now it is 74 due to better health care, but retirement for most government workers and many in the private sector continues to be at 60.

    Statisticians also note the average age of the nation’s 2.7 million
    civil servants is 43 with medical expenses alone running to 60 billion
    baht a year, of which roughly half goes to dependents over the age of
    60. That health care bill can only increase. It is all part of a
    worldwide trend as governments question their ability to meet eventual social security obligations given a gradual decline in the available workforce.

    Japan is pushing its retirement age to 65 in March and many European
    Union countries are increasing their pension entitlement age from 65 to
    68.

    The Civil Service Commission is aware of the problems that lie ahead
    and is likely to recommend an increase in the retirement age to 62 and
    the recall of recent retirees with exceptional skills, such as engineers
    and university lecturers. For this plan to work, an even greater reform
    is necessary; one that would bring about an end to promotions based
    purely on seniority, and have them replaced by those based on ability
    and performance.

    Birthdays alone count for little and age-based retirement has been
    phased out in many countries because it is discriminatory. Enforcing
    arbitrary retirement ages instead of using a real appraisal of a
    person’s competence ignores the fact that some people are ineffective at
    65 and others at 45. Many people today are achieving new goals well
    into their 70s and beyond.

    The number of seniors, or those over 60, is expected to increase to
    22% of the total population over the next two decades, up from 12% this
    year. Demographers warn that within three decades, Thailand could find
    itself in a situation where there could be just two working people
    bearing the tax burden for each elderly person with migrant labour no
    longer available. Each successive generation is likely to be smaller
    than the last.

    The process is a gradual one, but the spectre of zero growth looms,
    paving the way for a society in which the old outnumber the young. Such
    radical changes in society would have to be sustained through
    well-funded social welfare schemes. But where would the revenue come
    from to finance them? This is a ticking time bomb and action is needed
    to defuse it. There is no better time to start than the New Year.

    • tarikan

      Hey bundee, aren’t you aware that in PH there is a two-tier retirement scheme? A government employee can retire either at the age of 60 or 65 with minimal difference in benefits. In the judiciary they peg the retirement at 70 years of age. I don’t have the statistics but based on the accounts of friends and relatives, almost all opt for 65 years. So, what’s the difference with Thailand or Japan? 

  • boinkie

    The cornerstone of RA 10354 is the State
    guarantee on “universal access to medically-safe, non-abortifacient,
    effective, legal, affordable, and quality reproductive health care
    services, methods devices, supplies.”

    YUP. 40percent of women give birth without a properly trained birth attendant, by by Zeus, they will have access to chemical contraceptive that will make Big Pharm rich…

  • batangsulpok

    Siguro naman ay mababawasan na ang mga batang nagkalat sa kalsada na namamalimos o mga batang sumisisid sa tubig para kumuha ng mga barya o mga batang gumagala sa mga palengke ng madaling araw para magnakaw ng mga gulay/karne/isda o mga batang nagra-rugby o mga batang nangangalakal sa dumpsites at di pumapasok sa school.

    • bundee

       Marunong ka mag basa ng Englesh? Basahin mo post ko sa baba plesh?

  • To_Be_Continued

    Instead of introducing divorce law or same-sex marriage after the RHB Bill, P-Noy and the legislature should re-introduce death penalty. That, way, those who should have been aborted during their conception but given a chance to be born only to grow up as hardened criminals will again be given the opportunity to be eliminated from the face of existence. A big savings from prison management, peace and order enforcement and… better peace and order in our communities.

  • OleSapra aka ARGUS

    MGA OBESE PO NG RC CHURCH, NAKANANG-INA N’YOOOO YEAR 2013. SANA’Y DUMAMI PA ANG NAK-A SA BASLA N’YOOO!!!

    • Mendoza_Juniors

       Ugok

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PXNVCYDD2MCTVMJK2JLWYDA5PM John

    Im neutral because I didn’t like contraceptives. it could have negative effects like cancer from pills because of hormonal imbalance. If you get impregnated and you drunk some pills, your offspring might suffer from abnormalities. But sex education that will be mandatory in public schools is good because teacher will more likely teach students that premarital sex is bad besides teaching them how to use contraceptives. they will also be taught the negative effects of being a single parent, etc. Theoretically, population control is also good since.. the supply of labor will decrease and then employees, laborers, maids, helpers, factory workers may demand higher salaries simply because there’s a shortage of them. The wealth gap might also shorten, Crime rates will lessen. These might also decrease inflationary pressures since there would be less consumers. The prices of house and condos might go down as well since fewer houses are needed. People can easily be accommodated and easily be provided with good healthcare because of the lower population. But there are negative effects also.. since there will be less OFWs thus lesser remittances which is actually the one which is sustaining our economy right now. also, there are fewer people who will take care of the old ones.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

      There’s no perfect contraceptive just like there’s no perfect medicine.

      • Mendoza_Juniors

        Isa pang ugok. Uminom ka ng lason kasi pare-pareho may side effects. Tanga!

    • Taiko_Kauna

      mag condom ka para segurado at mura

  • bgcorg

    Now the table is turned.  That for more than 13 years, any semblance of a “reproductive health bill” had languished in Congress, should have made us think why.  Now, if in the past, the voices of the anti-reproductive health bill advocates, the pro-life heroes, had been muffled by so much fanfare, noise and lobby money, the “reproductive health faction” of this sharply divided, confused country should prove that their wisdom, against the collective wisdom of pro-lifers to safeguard the sanctity of life, marriage, the family and sex, would not adversely affect the economy, balance demographic realities in terms of urban development, inter-migration, labor and employment, education, social and medical care, and wealth distribution with social justice in mind.

    Unless this government and its “reproductive health agenda” mainly focused on the legality of contraception to suppress human births can give impactful results, it would have gone to show that we have not learned from the experience of Thailand, Singapore, Japan, China, among others and were just trying to tout a law, we haven’t really understood could put this country in the future into virtual extinction, socially ill and welfare-dependent.  I hope that we have prepared for this situation!

    Enemies of the Church have always thought that the Church is for the quick and fast propagation of the poor because she sees this as insurance for “abuloy” continuously.  It is, of course, an emotional issue, because most of the poor cannot even go to Mass on Sundays and if it is just “money” that the Church is after, she would be better off with the rich.  The Church would like this government, to focus and prioritize impact programs to improve the lot of the poor and sustain development.  The well-being of all constituents can be achieved in a more natural, not in a sweeping, artificial way that normally brings human and social ills in its wake.  By improving the quality of life of all constituents, recognition of “responsibility” normally comes.  No one has seriously asked the question why a very poor family normally had more children than its more economically privileged counterparts and just immediately proceeded to provide them “cake” in the form of contraceptives and condoms, rather than the “bread” they need.

    The new RA10354 is the product of selfishness, representing a backward step even, seen against revival trends in the family of nations.  Please surf on reports of C-FAM over the net to analyse for yourself current happenings in the United Nations. Keywords: The Friday Fax, Catholic Family, Human Rights, International Organization Research Group.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

      It took someone like Pnoy to make it happen.  But if his mother Cory is still alive today, there sure will be a big clash between the two.

      • darkempire007

        lawyer versus the housewife–figure it out..

    • brunogiordano

      CEASEFIRE!

      TRUCE!

      TIGIL PUTOKAN MUNA!

      Let’s have PEACE!

      HAPPY NEW YEAR SA LAHAT at iwasan natin magkasakitan sa isa’t isa.

  • ztefertilizerscam9

    susunod na ang church tax bill sa mga Damaso..

    • Mendoza_Juniors

       Ugok! :D

      • ztefertilizerscam9

        pasalamat ka di ako nagcondom sa nanay mo. T A N G A

  • Hey_Dudes

    Let this serve notice posted to all bishop’s front doors,  their days of unabated dictating upon taxpayers  are now over.  Majority of  Filipinos have awaken  from their deep slumber to realize they will never achieve progress while in their way – are long line of non taxpaying priest and bishops preying on those who do.

    Mahiya naman sana kayo mga Obispo.

  • brunogiordano

    CEASEFIRE!

    TRUCE!

    TIGIL PUTOKAN MUNA!

    Let’s have PEACE!

    HAPPY NEW YEAR SA LAHAT at iwasan natin magkasakitan sa isa’t isa.

  • tarikan

    Now have the BIR, DOJ, Register of Deeds (?) look into the real estate holdings of the Church and other sects. Perhaps the government can squeeze some tax money there. That would really be practicing religiously the concept of “separation of Church and State”. 

  • ztefertilizerscam9

    STOP DONATING YOUR MONEY TO THE  CORRUPT BISHOP..
    The Bank Investments Of Different Dioceses

    Diocese / Church Foundation Company # Shares Owned Rank in Top 100 Total Investment Value

    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MANILA Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) 222,843,681 4th PHP12.724 Billion

    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MLA (REAL CASA DE MISERICORDIA) Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) 41,408,841 8th PHP2.364 Billion

    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MANILA (HOSPITAL DE SAN JUAN DE DIOS) Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) 22,072,182 13th PHP1.26 Billion

    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MLA (HOSPICIO DE SAN JOSE) Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) 6,016,624 15th PHP343.55 Million

    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MLA (HOSP DE SA JUAN DE DIOS) Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) 4,285,572 17th PHP244.71 Million

    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MLA (MAYORDOMIA DELA CATEDRAL) Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) 2,664,266 21st PHP152.13 Million

    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MLA (ST. PAUL`S HOSPITAL) Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) 1,772,418 26th PHP101.21 Million

    CARMEL OF THE DIVINE INFANT JESUS OF PRAGUE, INC. Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) 726,819 49th PHP41.50 Million

    EL SUPERIOR DE LA CORPORACION FILIPINA DE PADRES AGUSTINOS RECOLETOS Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) 551,382 60th PHP31.48 Million
    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF JARO Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) 491,385 64th PHP28.06 Million

    EL SUPERIOR DE LA CORPORACION FILIPINA DE PADRES AGUSTINOS RECOLETOS San Miguel Corp (SMC) 2,370,000 31st PHP260.70 Million

    SUPERIOR DE LA CORPORACION ARCHICOFRADIA DE N.P.J.N DE RECOLETOS San Miguel Corp (SMC) 1,234,603 75th PHP135.81 Million

    CARMEL OF THE DIVINE INFANT JESUS OF PRAGUE, INC. San Miguel Corp (SMC) 957,516 79th PHP105.33 Million

    ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF TUGUEGARAO San Miguel Corp (SMC) 856,639 81st PHP94.23 Million

    REAL MONASTERIO DE LA PURISIMA CONCEPCION DE NUESTRA MADRE SANTA CLARA DE MANILA San Miguel Corp (SMC) 809,834 83rd PHP89.08 Million

    SUPERIOR DE LA CORPORACION DE PADRES RECOLETOS POR BECAS Y VOCACIONES San Miguel Corp (SMC) 621,702 89th PHP68.39 Million
    CARMEL OF ST THERESE OF THE CHILD JESUS San Miguel Corp (SMC) 592,956 91st PHP65.23 Million

    THE DISCALCED CARMELITE NUNS OF CEBU San Miguel Corp (SMC) 451,864 95th PHP49.71 Million

    ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF NUEVA SEGOVIA DE VIGAN San Miguel Corp (SMC) 428,067 98th PHP47.09 Million

    ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF MANILA Philex Mining Corp (PX) 3,221,135 15th PHP66.68 Million

    RELIGIOUS OF THE VIRGIN MARY – B Philex Mining Corp (PX) 3,125,777 16th PHP64.70 Million

    RELIGIOUS OF THE VIRGIN MARY-A Philex Mining Corp (PX) 1,091,027 69th PHP22.58 Million

    ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF TUGUEGARAO Ayala Corporation (AC) 24,015 73rd PHP9.29 Million

    KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FRATERNAL ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILS, INC. Ayala Corporation Preferred Shares – A (ACPA) 60,000 2nd PHP31.80 Million

    ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF TAGBILARAN Ayala Corporation Preferred Shares – B (ACPR) 10,000 64th PHP1.02 Million

    DAUGHTERS OF CHARITY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL PHINMA Corp. (PHN) 159,575 19th PHP2.12 Million

    ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF JUAN DE DIOS PHINMA…

  • tarikan

    Any news on the tying of red, red ribbons on anything one fancies in the Philippines as ordered by the CBCP? This, they  said, signifies the “anger” of the pro-life, anti-RH people. Has anyone seen something, anything that look like red ribbons hanging on trees, fences, light poles, electric/telephone wires, house windows? 

    • dani77777

      I see a hanging pair of old shoes tied together hanging on the electric wire in front of my house.



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