Solons confident RH law constitutional


Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. on Thursday said he was confident about the constitutionality of the Reproductive Health law, following the filing of a petition seeking to bar its implementation.

In a text message to reporters, Belmonte said that it was “laughable to say [the approval of the bill was] rushed. (The) bill (was) pending for l4 years.”

“I am very confident that the law will pass the crucible of judicial scrutiny,” Iloilo Representative Janette Garin added when asked about the petition for certiorari and prohibition against the RH law or Republic Act No. 10354 as filed by lawyers James Imbong and his wife Lovely-Ann at the Supreme Court.

It was the first petition filed against RA 10354, considered to be one of the most divisive among legislation handled by Congress in 2012.

Opponents of the RH bill in Congress have raised the issue of constitutionality during their deliberations but the measure was eventually passed and signed into law before yearend.

A staunch advocate of RA 10354, Garin said that although she respected the petition filed by the couple “I appeal to them to respect the voice of the majority.”

“Their claim of unconstitutionality emphasizes the need for the RH law because over the years, misinformation and twisted interpretations on RH have prevailed, to the detriment of the poor Filipino families and teenagers, whose desire for a better quality of life has been hindered,” she said.

Meanwhile, Cibac Partylist Representative Sherwin Tugna said that it was likely that the high court would deny the Imbongs’ petition.

“Walang basehan at ide-deny lang ng Supreme Court ang petisyon. walang violation ng Consitution ang RH law. Ang mga provision ng RH law ay naayon sa batas,” he said.

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  • quirinomayer

    It’s only the traitors and bigots who insist that the laws of this country must be aligned with the teachings of Rome who say that the RH Law is unconstitutional.


    • Cool LahgotzMO

       Amen to that !

    • mxsclxmxn

      See what you pastors can do to you? Putting hatred in your hearts! Supplying you with falsehood that blemishes your soul! 

      Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute Me?

      • Jay-Z boi-1da

        Speak for yourself as far as “what you pastors can do to you” is concerned. After all, that’s where you’ve been into all these time around as an anti-RH primadonna. People had about enough of you and your fascist-jihadist anti-RH fanaticism and fanfare nobody is even interested in what you have to say (against that matter)!!!

        Nobody needs to remind you that you cannot impose your beliefs to other people; you’re not a five-year old spoiled brat to show off your maldita-primadonna prowess even to the distressed, marginalized and even ostracized people!!!

  • RyanE

    Hmm.. let’s see whether CBCP can influence the SC, the same way as it influenced congress for 14 long years.

    Next agenda in congress should be the divorce bill.. CBCP might be tearing its hair and shooting smokes out of its ears and noses at this prospect.. hehehe

    • mxsclxmxn

      No need of influence. Truth, logic and facts will support the correct arguments!

  • kilabot

    the rhlaw is like the anus, it arouses the perverts and makes them hor ny. 

    No to perversion. 
    No to rhlaw.

    • TotoyKalentong

      very imaginative, much like the thinker is the doer.

  • wawangpenoy

    If after 14 years of deliberations and interpellations and what have you, the SC finds this law to be unconstitutional, eh kayong mga lawmakers eh magpakamatay na. Ibig sabihin, ang pinagsama-sama nyong mga utak para gumawa ng batas eh bugok pala. Nakakasukang kabobohan yan. Kung ganyan kabobo ang mga myembro ng Congress ng isang bansa, siguro dapat bombahin na tayo ng China.

    Calling the Chinese government. This is your trigger now. Once SC finds this RH Law unconstitutional, you have my permission. NUKE the Philippines to kingdom come.

  • mangtom

    This ImBOBOng is a clown. Why don’t you jump in Manila Bay and be done with your useless life?

    Next on the agenda is the DIVORCE issue. Let’s get on with it and make the CBCP, txtman(woman), bgcorg, Herb the Perv, Rufus the fussy, ki(ki)labot, boytinfoil(bakal), S-otot, Goless(not more),  go into a fit.

    • mxsclxmxn

      …do the honor! Why don’t you do the jumping first as a sample! Sample please!

  • Ellen

    Next on the agenda of the House for year 2100 is the political dynasty which is constitutional. (yawning)  I feel sleepy. zzzzzzz  

  • mangtom

    mxsclxmxnCollapse…do the honor! Why don’t you do the jumping first as a sample! Sample please!Sagut: Sir crazy mxyz, I will make a deal with you. You are probably in Metro-Manila, while I am in the province. Mauna ka ng tumalong sa Manila Bay at susunod ako pagdating ko diyan-he-he-he!!!. Friendly advice: bago mo gawin yon, mag-aral ka munang lumangoy so you will have a fighting chance to survive. Ako, I am a marathon swimmer. So please do not worry about my safety. I will just be fine. I will wait for the PDI to publish a photo of your floating carcass before I jum in.  Ayos ba itong deal, Sir Crazy msxyz?

  • Hein S

    When the RH Bill was approved in ITALY, the pope was QUIET.

    Why are the lowly bishops so NOISY?

  • disqusted0fu

    Of course that’s what Mr. Belmonte will say… the solons’ pork rely on this law. That is more important than anything else.

  • Edgardo Mendoza


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