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Enrile urges anti-RH groups to question birth control law before SC

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Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile urged parties against the newly signed Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RH) Act (RA 10354) to simply ask the Supreme Court to uphold the constitutional provision requiring the state to protect the life of the mother and her unborn child from the moment of conception.

A favorable decision means it would be illegal for the government to distribute via health centers and public hospitals all forms of artificial birth control methods that bar a fertilized egg cell from attaching itself to the mother’s uterus.

“Anything that affects that life from the moment it comes into being, that would be unconstitutional,” Enrile explained in a radio interview on Sunday.

The Senate President was referring to Section 12 of Article II of the Constitiution that provides: “The State recognizes the sanctity of family life and shall protect and strengthen the family as a basic autonomous and social institution.”

The provision adds that the State “shall equally protect the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception.”

“Any law can be challenged before the Supreme Court. Not only the RH law but any bill that becomes law like the sin tax measure. It’s possible on any given issue. A taxpayer who will be affected by a provision … can elevate the case before the Supreme Court and challenge its constitutionality,” Enrile said.

The Senate President’s suggestion comes at the heels of warnings aired by anti-RH legislators and religious leaders against the law that they would question its constitutionality before the tribunal.

Asked whether the provision he mentioned would be enough for the Supreme Court to shoot down the RH law, Enrile replied: “Siyempre! The State cannot go beyond what the Constitution allows…Otherwise, it would be exercising unbridled power.”

When the Senate was still deep in debates over the RH bill, Enrile and other senators against the measure insisted that life begins during conception when egg cell and sperm cell meet and result in a fertilized egg.

Other senators however, toyed with the idea that life could begin during “implantation” when the fertilized egg finally attaches itself to the womb and begins to take nourishment from the mother.

The issue was tackled several times but never resolved.

“I told them time and again when we were still debating in plenary that ultimately, it would be the Supreme Court that would serve as the final decider and arbiter of this issue,” Enrile recalled.

He added that during the discussions of the Constutitional Commission that drafted the Charter proposed in 1986, “the term used (to refer to life) was ‘from the moment of conception.’ There is a point in time when conception occurs. So that you can determine when protection of (that life by) the state must begin.”

Enrile said there was a “gap” between the period of conception and implantation when “there is already life that could die” if barred from attaching itself to the womb.

“But the final interpreter of this argument would be the Supreme Court, no one else.  Not the President nor Congress. Only the Supreme Court as the Supreme Court.  Not a single justice but the Supreme Court of the country,” he stressed.

Enrile said he wished the tribunal would rule immediately on the matter and noted that a decision “would be one of most monumental issues to come before the Supreme Court” as RH has gone beyond being a simple health issue.

“It has become a political and moral issue.  And the divisions it has created have become so deep that it would take time for all these to heal,” he said.

Enrile took note for example, of warnings given by religious leaders they would campaign against lawmakers who voted in favor of the RH bill when it was still pending in the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Still, the Senate President said it was only prudent for Malacañang to avoid “fanfare” when President Aquino signed the RH bill into law on Dec. 21.

He said Mr. Aquino’s move to sign the bill without calling attention to it depended on the President’s full discretion.

“We have to respect his right to do that. I do not know the reason why he signed it without any ceremonial, without fuss so we leave it to (the President’s) judgment. I think he also did not want to become a further source of discord because as I said, this issue has already created deep fissures among us.

Still, Enrile said he would attend a ceremonial signing of the RH law in Malacañang should this be decided upon by the President.

“I will go because doing so is a fulfillment of my job as Senate President. Even if I am against it. Besides, there is no bill that can be relayed from the Senate to Malacañang without my signature as the chamber’s chief. I signed the RH bill as Senate President.  That is a constitutional requirement.


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  • rjimenez1226

    Oust Enrile from the Senate!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHOD5EA75DBBUH53UKLRXRK764 Mang Teban

    It’s too late, Senate President Enrile.
    Are you kidding?
    Will Sereno as chief justice contradict her appointing power, P-Noy? I don’t think so.

    If you had known that it can be questioned on its unconstitutionality, why did you not bring it up during the RH deliberations? Given the benefit of the doubt that you have not seen it as a strong ground to block the RH bill when you should have had, I can understand your point but there is this factor of political favor in the Supreme Court that has not been extinguished until today.

    At any rate, let those who feel that letting the SC decide file the pertinent petition to question the constitutionality of the recently-approved RH bill. It is just that I have little faith in the independence of the judiciary these days. 

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

      Still an idiot, I see.

      Sereno is the Chief Justice, but SC decisions run on majority voting, so Sereno alone isn’t enough.  That aside, JPE voted for Corona’s impeachment as well.

      And yes, he hasn’t raised constitutionality as a point against the RH Bill because it ISN’T.  The man’s a trained lawyer, and would certainly have been aware of any unconstitutionality, given how much effort he put into fighting the bill.  All he’s going now is encouraging some idiots to waste taxpayer money by filing a complaint.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHOD5EA75DBBUH53UKLRXRK764 Mang Teban

        I might be an idiot to you..but why should I be bothered? An obtuse person as you are cannot determined who is an idiot and who is a moron. So. everyone you call an idiot must be the opposite of what you really intend to malign.
        Such naivete to think that Sereno as chief justice cannot influence the SC justices. Where have you been when Renato Corona played footsies with the former president and changed “decisions with finality” into “subject to final review”? Dumb Jose. 

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

        You made a stupid statement, I called you out on it.  Freedom of speech, crybaby.

        Naivete?  Have you SEEN how the other justices have been treating Sereno?  You aren’t just stupid, but ignorant as well, apparently.

        Oh, and given that GMA appointed most of the justices, pretending it was just him makes you even dumber.

        I’d call you dumb, but given your past posts that’d be something of an understatement. 

        Oh, and I feel I should remind you: the RH Bill has passed, and you and your kind are absolute LOSERS.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XLAYGSIXK2ZYTYWAONHLW6ZKW4 Frank

    Enrile questioning the RH Bill he passed? What? Did he turn to another Iskul Bukol? Sign of senility, huh?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TEEI5C5UPRRAVPE6GK52363MSA sievert

    the sanctity of the unborn,the sanctity of the family does not define the whole content of the law, the government cannot compromise the existing dilemma our country is facing today in that reason alone. the hunger, the pain, the lack of education were the real challenge to those who are born in this country deprive by their parents the golden opportunity to live a decent life.

  • sjyap60

    Enrile has a valid point. When does human life begin? I think we have to turn to the scientists on this, rather than to religious leaders. . The definition of the unborn child should be elaborated in the light of the latest scientific knowldege. And whatever the finding should be, let us respect it, in the light of the Constitutional proviso that that the State “shall equally protect the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception.”

    • Jane Tan

      In the case of the RH Bill, even if it begins at conception, condoms and other contraceptives that prevent the sperm from reaching the egg is not going against the constitution.

    • KapitanBagwis

      If you and your wife or mistress is using CONTRACEPTIVES, where is the unborn there?

      CONTRACEPTIVE, ANTIFERTILITY, PROPHYLACTIC – Capable of preventing conception or impregnation.

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

    Enrile’s a senile moron.

    Unconstitutional?  If the drugs WERE abortion agents, they wouldn’t be legally sold in the Philippines.  It’s been clearly stated that no new drugs will be made legal by the RH Bill, so this is really just Enrile encouraging a pointless protest that will accomplish nothing aside from wasting taxpayer money.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5UOZM4PWIDKO7G64HL3PPMXUTM Constantine

    Of course anybody can question that in the SC. Whether it wins or not, is another case!

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

    SATANAS CARNIVAL TAGLE DAMASO!! MAYOR LITO ATIENZA ABORTIONIST PROLIFE CBCP BISHOPS SILENT KILL JOY EXTREMIST TERRORIST!!

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

    Life begins during conception when egg cell and sperm cell meet and result in a fertilized egg.Para naman tayong sirang plaka…wala pa naman baby or buhay dito eh…like for example gusto namin ng asawa ko tama na yong dalawa,tatlong anak dahil hirap kaming pakainin at pag aralin dahil sa hirap ng buhay….So gumamit kami ng monthly enjection, or pills at minsan condom…wala naman masama, there is no baby na nabuo dito inuulit ko…The word CONCEPTION the act of becoming pregnant; fertilization of an ovum by a spermatozoon. in other word the event that occurred at the beginning of something. Wala pang buhay dito. The couples choice to avoid their sperm (tamud)  that will mixed together become or resulted to baby again coz they have now 2 or 3. Look yong mga familyang may 7, 8 , 9 ,10 or more natutulungan ba nila ng mga anti RH bill na yan…mga bishops at priests  natutulungan ba nila yong mga mahihirap, mga batang nagkalat rugby boy, snatcher etc sa bandang huli governo pa rin ang sinisisi…shut up enrile…and anti RH bill  

    • Jane Tan

      Yan naman kasi hinde nakukuha ng mga tao eh. Its like they don’t even know what a condom is or does. It prevents conception from happening, so, in effect, does not kill the unborn.

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

      Napakakulit kasi ng mga bobo.  Ang salitang “contraceptive” ibig sabihin contra-conception bago maging buhay o bata.

  • Ommm

    “The provision adds that the State “shall equally protect the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception.”

    Knowing the intention it’s very hard to believe such bad English grammar could be written into a bill.

    Anyone fluent in English would understand that as “protect the unborn from getting pregnant”… logic would take over and the reader would surmise they had omitted the word “deny”….   “life of the unborn from DENIAL of conception.” ……

    Yet it’s on the books as is and in reality it really states and proclaims the State shall do everything in it’s power to protect the mother from conception.

    Any judge in England, Canada or the USA would rule this statement fully supports abortion.

    There was no need for an RH bill, abortion is legal, all we really need is some Filipino lawmakers who can speak English….

    • Jane Tan

      Lol… I get where you’re coming from but uh… I believe the word, “from” is used as “at the point of” – “protect the life of the mother and the life of the unborn at the point of conception” or when it starts.

      • joshmale2004

        Correct. The first stage of pregnancy is conception so its not possible for a woman with an unborn to again have a conception. The second stage is the development of the baby from 1st month to 3rd month which is called “Embryo”, From 4th month to delivery, which normally is on the 9th month, the baby is called “Fetus” in medical term and “Unborn” in our layman term. So the “from” means “at the point of” or “at the point after the woman has conceived”. Which also led to the creation of Abortion Law which criminalize induced and voluntary abortion to protect the life from embryo to unborn up to before birth.

    • wawangpenoy

       OMG!!! This guy attacking somebody else’s english (read his) and an expert mind reader so absolute in his “opinion” how judges in England, Canada & USA think and decide. OMG!!!

      Let me guess. This guy is either Sotto, Revilla, Lapid or Jinggoy… very likely, Lapid.

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

    Now that this redundant RH Bill had finally became a law,which agency is burden to implement its policies … the now existing Commission on Population( pls.check when and why it existed on the first place) ? We are just shooting our foot here….dapat na pinagtibay na lang sana natin ang support natin sa PopCom/DoH FP programs without coercion or having this divisiveness.
    Ang hirap lang kasi…..kasi ang dali lang nating mag take sides….aggravated by politicians greed of power(pang pamilya pa).
    Nakakaasar ang panloloko…

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

    Mr. Senate President you are playing safe a double sided politician may I ask you if your wife have not use any contraceptive in her productive life? or maybe she didn’t mention anything related to artificial family planning because you’re against it by the way how many children do you have now legally?  I hope you didn’t hide some of them in the waste basket or under your bed huh?

    • Jane Tan

      Lol that’s the beauty of our Revised Penal Code, men can have sex with women other than their wives as much as they want and nothing will happen to them.

      • KapitanBagwis

        That is one of the reason why this country needs Divorce Law for the likes of Erap, Revilla and others who have extended families but the women cannot terminate their marriage legally because concubinage is not a ground for annulment in the Philippines.

      • Jane Tan

        Even if it was, it’d be easy to disprove.

      • KapitanBagwis

        With children , how will you disprove? Heard of DNA?

        KapitanBagwis Sent from my iPhone

      • Jane Tan

        Not the child. Concubinage is easy to disprove, or rather, to avoid getting charged with. Trust me. I took up law and my thesis was on this. Even if it was pretty obvious that a person had sex with a woman other than his wife, he can get away with it.

        Why do you think so many senators are still getting away with it?

      • KapitanBagwis

        hehehe that will all depend how smart your lawyer is . Anyway are talking about concubinage or Divorce Law and concubinage as ground?
        KapitanBagwis Sent from my iPhone

      • Jane Tan

        Concubinage. Don’t need a smart lawyer, you just need someone who is good in English =) We don’t have a divorce law yet, but I’m leaning towards the idea that we should – considering the number of people trapped in bad marriages. It’ll be the same issue if you add concubinage as grounds for divorce – it’ll be easily bypassed. Much better to revise grounds for concubinage.

      • KapitanBagwis

        well whatever we need the Divorce Law

        KapitanBagwis Sent from my iPhone

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SDYOTCCI3XTDMCD36FR352I4OQ Jose

    klarong klaro naman sa provision ng RH bill na abortion is illegal and di gagamit ng abortifacient medicines kaya klarong pinoprotektahan ang life of the unborn at sa ina. may pahabol pa si mang johnny. ngayon isa sa mga front page ang batang mukha ni meriam sa CNN na coauthor sa RH bill at ang kanyang mga argument para lang maipasa. akoy nagpasalamat na naipasa na ang batas na ito. ang maluwag na buhay ay nandiyan lang sa kaunting anak. iyan ay simpleng common sense. kaya huwag tayong magpaloko sa mga kahit anong mga klaseng katwiran.

    • joshmale2004

      Bro, I just want to share you this in case you may want to share with others. 
      “A favorable decision means it would be illegal for the government to distribute via health centers and public hospitals all forms of artificial birth control methods that bar a fertilized egg cell from attaching itself to the mother’s uterus.”“Anything that affects that life from the moment it comes into being, that would be unconstitutional,” Enrile explained in a radio interview on Sunday.
      Correct. The first stage of pregnancy is conception so its not possible for a woman with an unborn to again have a conception. The second stage is the development of the baby from 1st month to 3rd month which is called “Embryo”, From 4th month to delivery, which normally is on the 9th month, the baby is called “Fetus” in medical term and “Unborn” in our layman term. So the “from” means “at the point of” or “at the point after the woman has conceived”. Which also led to the creation of Abortion Law which criminalize induced and voluntary abortion to protect the life from embryo to unborn up to before birth.
      The “Life” being referred to by Enrile is the fertilized egg cell that will attach to the mother uterus. this stage being referred by enrile is after the first stage of pregnancy which is conception up to the stage of “Embryo”. It will take about 7 days for the fertilized egg after conception to reach the mother’s uterus and develop into an embryo. But the contraception being promoted in the RH Bill is to be given to avoid conception (Prior to stage 1) and not to abort a conception  (Stage 1 to stage 2) being developed into an embryo.

      • aquaman337

        Gentlemen, I would like to butt in, please allow me. I understand that the fact mentioned by Joshmale2004 that the RH avoids CONCEPTION. If I may ask, what is the essence of sex? Is it not to PROcreate? Or is it simply pleasure?

        Sex, I personally believe is NOT pleasure…it is meant for something else, something greater than what we think. In short, it is something productive and creative. So, why prevent conception?

      • Jane Tan

        Sadly, not everyone is like you. Majority of Filipinos will have urges, and majority of these cannot control these urges. If they could, we wouldn’t need an RH Bill.

  • tonyoks

    “Siyempre! The State cannot go beyond what the Constitution allows…Otherwise, it would be exercising unbridled power.”
    yaaks…take it from the man who wielded unbridled power as the berdugo of the Martial law era….

    • mucho_cheapo

      It takes one to know one, 

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

    Shut up JPE !

    • ethicsingov

       The legislative branch has decided … JPE must show true leadership and stop yakking. Gone are the days when the only way is his way.

  • joshmale2004

    “Any law can be challenged before the Supreme Court. Not only the RH law but any bill that becomes law like the sin tax measure. It’s possible on any given issue. A taxpayer who will be affected by a provision … can elevate the case before the Supreme Court and challenge its constitutionality,” Enrile said.
    As per enrile, any taxpayer affected by the RH bill can file a case with the SC. So, the CBCP and  the Catholic Church are disqualified to file a petition with the SC against the RH Bill as they are not paying taxes. Further, it means it would be up to ANTI RH tax paying citizens who are the ones suppose to file a case.The question now is, can a private citizen use as argument the freedom of religious belief to shoot down the RH bill?

  • Yobhtron

    JPE, the longest serving  and most corrupt trapo in the Philippines.  Pumapalakpak naman ang kasamang mong si Binay at Erap.  

  • nti_boohaya

    Ok, now that RH has been passed and signed into law, kung talagang makabayan po kayo mga nasa house e gawa kayo ng batas para tanggalin ang pork barrel at i focus yung perang yun sa national railway system o highway system mula norte hangang Mindanao.   Total mayaman na kayo baka yayaman din ang taongbayan kung nagawa ninyo yan.  Next issue please.

  • joshmale2004

    “A favorable decision means it would be illegal for the government to distribute via health centers and public hospitals all forms of artificial birth control methods that bar a fertilized egg cell from attaching itself to the mother’s uterus.”“Anything that affects that life from the moment it comes into being, that would be unconstitutional,” Enrile explained in a radio interview on Sunday.

    Correct. The first stage of pregnancy is conception so its not possible for a woman with an unborn to again have a conception. The second stage is the development of the baby from 1st month to 3rd month which is called “Embryo”, From 4th month to delivery, which normally is on the 9th month, the baby is called “Fetus” in medical term and “Unborn” in our layman term. So the “from” means “at the point of” or “at the point after the woman has conceived”. Which also led to the creation of Abortion Law which criminalize induced and voluntary abortion to protect the life from embryo to unborn up to before birth.

    The “Life” being referred to by Enrile is the fertilized egg cell that will attach to the mother uterus. this stage being referred by enrile is after the first stage of pregnancy which is conception up to the stage of “Embryo”. It will take about 7 days for the fertilized egg after conception to reach the mother’s uterus and develop into an embryo. But the contraception being promoted in the RH Bill is to be given to avoid conception (Prior to stage 1) and not to abort a conception  (Stage 1 to stage 2) being developed into an embryo.

  • zahraff

    We would like to remind Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile that there many ways how to kill a dog and it’s up to you which one he or she prefers to use for the sake of convenience, in much the same way as the approved RH-Bill. There is no such a thing as a completely perfect legislation, which can be considered evil by some and not by others, but you have been given the choice to choose which one is the lesser evil, because somewhere along the line there might be some slight flaws which can be ignored as long its entirety is reasonable and has ultimately been approved by the majority. In every corner of this universe – MAJORITY RULES. YOU (JPE) cannot force anybody with your minority opinion, the supreme court or whatever, because you have been overruled by the votes of the lower house and upper house of Congress, and here in the Philippines which is a DEMOCRATIC country, it’s time for you and your supporters to bow down to the clamor of the majority. “BIGOTRY” has no place here in the Philippines, whether YOU (JPE) likes it or not. TAMA na ang maraming PAUTOK – because such unnecessary efforts is an “EXERCISE IN FUTILITY.” Let’s move on!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TXRNUQFB3VFFVO4ZOQ3GIF3TS4 Mhel

     

    Moral values start at home if the Catholic Church believes
    that their members are very much influence by them then they should not worry
    that much.  Being righteous and saved is
    really an individual choice and act. If I gave you a knife it’s up to you if
    you will use it to kill people or not.

    The Philippine government just made a bold move to manage
    the population growth… that leads to poverty if not properly controlled.  Philippine Roman Catholic Church always takes
    part on the political issues. They always ask for the government to provide
    more job and quality education to fight poverty. But observe their expensive
    private school erected sometimes near town churches.   Why don’t they build public schools
    instead?  So the poor minds can
    experience their good education without prequalification. Why not create
    garment factories to add for jobs, for they have frequent demands on linens and
    religious clothing.

    I’m against pre-marital sex and I hate teen-age pregnancy,
    but let us be realistic it is happening … with this law at least they have
    preference to learn early and correct or minimize the damage. Why don’t we give
    them freedom to decide for themselves, after all its their lives that are
    primarily affected, and we are just chatting on their suffering and life’s
    misery at the summary.

    I’m a catholic I just don’t want the way they use the holy
    mass, the 1 hour prayer to GOD as a venue to indirectly  air their protest against the leaders who did
    not act upon their request, and pass the law against their public prayers .  Rizal would be heartbroken seeing that the
    old  way of colonization  is still in influence in the Philippines.

    Sa tahanan, sa pamilya natin umpisahan ang lahat!   hubugin natin ang ating mga anak na kahit
    isang tambak na  contraceptive and  itapon sa harap nila, respetado nila ang
    kanilang sarili at di magtatangkang gumawa ng bagay na di dapat sa hindi
    mag-asawa.

    Pero kung sakali madarang sila sa pagkakataon dapat
    mapanatili nila ang responsibilidad nila sa kanilang gawain at magpasya  ng ukul dito.  Kasama dito and RH bill.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HA23N4KTD3G6QDBL65MFLZBIWE ranliv

      I respect your view but for us this is not political, rather this is a moral issue.  If the church perceived evil and do nothing about it,  then it will be guilty of the sin of omission.  

       Its not just about pre-marital sex but the protection of the un-born.  It is teenage parent (to be) that commits sin, so why is the unborn need to suffer the penalty of death? 

      • Jane Tan

        What would you rather do, reduce the chance of an unwanted pregnancy with a condom or putting another child on the streets to beg?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002538382650 Lindo Baoas

        so what’s your suggestion then to address our population problem, it’s easy to say no and reason out why you don’t like RH bill.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002538382650 Lindo Baoas

      yeah, church always checking the government lacking, while them they don’t give much to their own, way back in Spanish Era what does this church did to our people up to now they are the no.1 oppressor, they see to it that the poor will die poorer leaving poor souls in the face of the earth, poverty deprives people to get good education and that means they can get more follower,,,, okey from the total population 75% of it are catholic and what makes the population of this country? the poor which includes me dominates in number.  ha ha ha ha ha ha, funny isn’t it.  and regarding moral issue, pakitsk nga kung sinong tatay ni Maria Clara sa Nobela ni Rizal ha ha hah ahahaha marami jan mga anak ng pari, okayay obispo wag na tayong magbulagbulagan 

  • KapitanBagwis

    “Anything that affects that life from the moment it comes into being, that would be unconstitutional,” Enrile explained in a radio interview on ~ Your mind or brain is failing you, what life that comes into being is unconstitutional  if the couple is using contraceptives to prevent conception or impregnation?

    The provision adds that the State “shall equally protect the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception.” `~  Your mind or brain is already failing you. With couples using CONTRACEPTIVES(caps for emphasis), which is capable of preventing conception or impregnation, so where is the life there to protect?

    • ethicsingov

       Tama ka. Ewan ko yung iba bakit di maintindihan o nagmamang-maaangan or nagdudunung-dunguan.

      • KapitanBagwis

        Thanks Bro Some missing words but surely you understand my point

        KapitanBagwis Sent from my iPhone

    • joshmale2004

      Correct. The first stage of pregnancy is conception so its not possible for a woman with an unborn to again have a conception. The second stage is the development of the baby from 1st month to 3rd month which is called “Embryo”, From 4th month to delivery, which normally is on the 9th month, the baby is called “Fetus” in medical term and “Unborn” in our layman term. So the “from” means “at the point of” or “at the point after the woman has conceived”. Which also led to the creation of Abortion Law which criminalize induced and voluntary abortion to protect the life from embryo to unborn up to before birth.

  • ushldcallme

    Matthew 10:32, to wit:  32* So every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven;

     – this is addressed to Christians who supported the r.h. bill/law.

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

    TRAPO in action again.. why do u we trust this guy? he has a very selective memory when it comes to history..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/24CC6B475UUGCQP5RSV3IVHXQ4 Prec

    I won’t vote for him again.. He is so trapo

  • Jeremiah_CheGuevara

    DOWN DOWN DOWN WITH ALL PRO RH/PRO-DEATH POLITICIANS AND CANDIDATES!

    • latino_boom

      Define Death? so meaning to say masturbating is a form of killing? when one is using condom while engaging a coitus …is it a form of killing? Don’t tell me that you didn’t masturbate…oh btw stop being a hypocrite

    • mucho_cheapo

      Mag MUMOG ka nga….ang BAHO ng Bunganga mo.

  • joshmale2004

    Malakas ang loob ni enrile na tumakbo sa SC kasi andun pa yung pitong judges na appointed ni GMA at idagdag pa yung tatlong na bypass ni Sereno kaya alam ni Enrile na sampu pang judges ang kalaban ni President Aquino sa SC kontra sa dalawang appointment ni Noynoy sa SC. 

  • $37644997

    Mr Enrile, you made your point to quit and might as well quit everything/questioning bills that already have been enacted into law makes me wonder why quit later when there is ample time to do it now.One more thing,you never say merry christmas or atleast Happy New To All.Shall I speak for you someday?

  • wawangpenoy

    HAYOP KA ENRILE!!!! TUMANDA KA NA, HANGGANG NGAYON NANGGUGULO KA PA RIN SA PILIPINAS SA HALIP NA TUMAHIMIK KA AT TUMULONG NA LANG SA PAGPAPAUNLAD.

    IF I FOLLOW YOUR LOGIC OF WHAT LIFE IS, THEN INTRODUCE A BILL TO OUTLAW MASTURBATION BECAUSE THE SPERM IS A LIVING THING AND MASTURBATION IS KILLING ALL THESE BABIES-WOULD-BE.

    MORON!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FKE56ZWNI2XKEVVLZQGRWG7WBI BURADOR—Phil. Voice

    MANONG ENRILE is ABSOLUTELY HATE Gat. JOSE RIZAL——SIDING with PRIARS and DAMASSOS are NOT the BEST HORSE to RIDE——-
    MANONG ENRILE makes BIG MISTAKES this TIME—-RIDING the DAMASSOS—

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

    Sen. Pres. Enrile is just sourgraping. He cannot accept the fact that he and CBCP lost in this fight. It’s just his overblown ego that’s playing here.

    • Facilitator1

      IMHO: Sen Enrile is trying to pacify and /or be on the good graces of the Catholic Bishops because it’s either his advanced in age (maybe, he’s afflicted with the infirmities of age) or his political power is fleeting or BOTH.

      May kasabihan, “MISERY loves COMPANY”…parehong na-PUSOY kasi…PEACE…

      • mucho_cheapo

        Malapit na siyang ma DEDBOL kaya inuuto na siya ng Simbahan para mabendisyunan siya pag TEPOK na siya. But it’s really futile as we all know he’s going straight to hell when he dies. Nobody in Philippine politics have stayed in power for over 40 yrs and remained in good graces with God. 

  • duviz7533

    jpe pro life daw…..bayan kayo ang humatol kung anong klase ang ang familia niya

  • wehd1nga

    Dont worry manong Johnny the CBCP, the Catholic church, El Shaddai, Couple for Christ and others have declared their stand against RH Bill, we will also question those Pro RH and Liberal Party candidates come Election day, we only need 10% of the 90 million Catholics to UNVOTE Penoy’s candidates,

    • joshmale2004

      90M out of 93M Total population ng Pinas? Wow!!! That’s almost 97% Catholic population of the Philippines. You mean there are now only 3M mixed Muslims, Protestants, INC, JIL, Protestants and other sectors? Better make another roll call of all catholics as I think catholics is about 65 to 70% of our total population before the RH Bill. So please check baka naman bumaba na to sa 60% after RH Bill.And please bring some ropes during the campaign period. It may come in handy in case the UNA candidates will be wiped out instead.

    • latino_boom

      I am a Catholic enough with the HYPOCRISY The Church doesn’t lift a finger in helping the very poor population of our country

      • done_druff

        YOU ARE NOT A CATHOLIC! Shame on you brandish yourself while you are SOOO IGNORANT to know what your Church has done to the poor people. Check who is the biggest charitable institution in the world!

        Shame!!!

      • latino_boom

        Really…did you guys actually go to the Squatters area and see it for yourself?…did you see how the the late Cardinal Sin how is he having his meals? well I did……and What are you doing to help this very poor population of our Country?…And pls. Stop misleading The people about RH Bill…We are not talking about The World Moron …We are Talking about my Country The Philippines and The BISHOP that is full of HYPOCRISY…BTW I WILL TELL THIS AGAIN  they did accept SUV during Arroyos time and you cannot erase that to the mind of Filipino People…there is separation of States and Church…Shame to you also double it mate…Maybe the Charitable Institution from other country are really helping…but not in my Country Priests, Bishops and so on are full of HYPOCRISY…I have raised five abandoned kids and send them to private School and 2 graduated College, 2 is graduating from High School the other one follow the foot step of the Mother got pregnant at the age of 15…now you are telling me that reproduction is good…you are living in fantasy mate…now I will tell you this

        THE GOD I KNOW IS GUIDING ME IN EVERY WAY OF MY JOURNEY…I DON’T KNOW YOUR’S…

        Shame? seriously? how about the Priest from San Juan who is picking-up Call Boy at Quezon Circle? That is shame

        SHAME MY AS* !!!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/HA23N4KTD3G6QDBL65MFLZBIWE ranliv

        What do you call the religious order of the daughters of charity, Salesians of Don Bosco to name a few who’s vocation is for the poor.  Remember mother Teresa?  I Studied in Don Bosco When I was in College and our Dorm has a place for street children to live.  Too Bad it closed down due to lack of support from individual Catholics like you and me.  It is easy to criticise somebody but ask yourself what did you do to help.  Remember, the church also includes you.

        The Church is against RH bill because it wants to protect life and firmly believes that only God has the right to take it away.  

      • latino_boom

        Really…did you guys actually go to the Squatters area and see it for yourself?…did you see how the the late Cardinal Sin how is he having his meals? well I did……and What are you doing to help this very poor population of our Country?…And pls. Stop misleading The people about RH Bill…We are not talking about The World Moron …We are Talking about my Country The Philippines and The BISHOP that is full of HYPOCRISY…BTW I WILL TELL THIS AGAIN  they did accept SUV during Arroyos time and you cannot erase that to the mind of Filipino People…there is separation of States and Church…Shame to you also double it mate…Maybe the Charitable Institution from other country are really helping…but not in my Country Priests, Bishops and so on are full of HYPOCRISY…I have raised five abandoned kids and send them to private School and 2 graduated College, 2 is graduating from High School the other one follow the foot step of the Mother got pregnant at the age of 15…now you are telling me that reproduction is good…you are living in fantasy mate…now I will tell you thisTHE GOD I KNOW IS GUIDING ME IN EVERY WAY OF MY JOURNEY…I DON’T KNOW YOUR’S…Shame? seriously? how about the Priest from San Juan who is picking-up Call Boy at Quezon Circle? That is shameSHAME MY AS* !!!

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    • dickenhead

      dream on, it’s free

    • Jane Tan

      If the 90mil Catholics are as ignorant as you, I wouldn’t worry so much about Pnoy’s candidates as much as getting out of the Philippines and becoming a citizen of another country.

    • mucho_cheapo

      Dream On!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002538382650 Lindo Baoas

      common,,, what does your church move to rid poverty in this country,,,, the poor give penny to your church but what does he have in return? nothing, for from history your church is ill,,,,,,, pay for indulgence,,, give us this and that and God from above will forgive you!!!!! 

  • ztefertilizerscam9

    Enrile’s only son Jackie Enrile was a notorious killer who killed several people including alfie anido.
     Let us also not forget about Tito Sotto’s involvement in the Pepsi Paloma and Guada Guarin 1982 rape scandal. 

  • ztefertilizerscam9

    Jackie Enrile raped Liezl Fuentes.

  • Ronald Diaz

    Remove the Pork Barrel — that’s the only solution  to eradicate corruption in Philippine politics. Nang dahil sa Pork Barrel nagkandarapa ang mga buwayang pulitiko sa pagkamkam ng pera na para sa bayan.

    • Jane Tan

      lol? if that’s all it took, we wouldn’t have corruption.

  • GaggerAlert

    “Siyempre! The State cannot go beyond what the Constitution allows…Otherwise, it would be exercising unbridled power.” – the great balimbing strikes again. Hey, Enrile, did this thought came unto you when the Corona trial was ongoing, and we are in the midst of a Pnoy takeover of the SC. I GUESS NOT! :)

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

    TUMANDA KA JAN ENRILE SA SENADO DI KAPA GUMAWA NG MABUTI SA BANSA MO MAS PINABURAN MO PA SI SATANASA CARNIVAL TAGLE DAMASO!! DI NAG BABAYAD NG BUWIS ANG SIMBAHAN DAHIL SA KANILANG MGA CHARITY PALUSOT BILLION BILLION ANG PERA SA MALALAKING BANKO ANG DAMING LUPAIN AT MGA SHARES PAG BAYARIN NG BUWIS ANG MGA OBISPO MGA VATICAN SA PAG NANAKAW OBISPO VATICAN SA PAG NANAKAW DI NAG BABAYAD NG BUWIS!! INIISAHAN ANG MGA PILIPINO!

  • boi skater

    Enough of this never ending debate on this matter. The
    Congress, the president and the people already approved the bill. It is done;
    give it a chance to work. As it is, it is already 20 years too late and approved
    only after 14 years of debate. We can’t go back, we can only move forward so
    the anti-RH bill faction will need to deal with it like civilized adults. Stop
    wasting time on this already as there are many more problems that this country
    needs to focus on. The main problem in this country is that the
    “losers” don’t want to accept “defeat”.

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

    SATANAS CARNIVAL TAGLE DAMASO MAYOR LITO ATIENZA PROLIFE ABORTIONIST!!

  • latino_boom

    So many Catholic hypocrites here they think that they are the Guardians of Morality…Full of Crap

  • Guest

    May buwelta ba sa mga kandidato ni PNoy na bumoto pabor sa RH bill? Sa tingin ko meron, lalo na iyong identified kay Sec. Mar Roxas.

  • Coo_laM

    Actually, hindi naman si PNoy ang nagsulsol sa mga kongresista na bumuto
    pabor sa RH bill. It’s Sec. Mar Roxas and not PNoy.

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

    Who decides the very instant a fetus is created? the very second in time when the child is conceived?  Is it the state, the church,  the lawgiver,  the senate,  the congressman,  the doctor, the mother of her child?  the fetus?  Who?  Don’t play around with the Creator or the Creator may bounce back with greater lashes on creation.



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