A setback, but not back to square one

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Sen. Pia Cayetano. RICHARD REYES

MANILA, Philippines—Sen. Pia Cayetano has thrown in the towel as far as the bill she proposed to strengthen the laws designed to prevent the spread in the country of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and HIV, the virus that causes it.

Cayetano, the chair of the Senate committee on health, conducted a public hearing on her Senate Bill No. 3398 on Thursday but doubted that it would reach the plenary with only three session days left before Congress goes into a long recess for the election campaign period.

But, as she will still be in the Senate in the next three years, she said she would just refile the measure in the next Congress after the 2013 elections.

“It may have been set back but for me it’s not [back to] square one,” Cayetano said.

Cayetano noted that the recently passed RH law already addresses many of the issues involving HIV/AIDS, particularly education and awareness of the disease.

According to the senator, 15 years after Republic Act No. 8504, or the Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998, became law, the HIV/AlDS problem in the Philippines has worsened contrary to the primary goal of the legislation which was to thwart the prevalence of the disease in the country.

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  • bogli_anakdami

    ibigay mo kay bayagra enrile ang gusto nya… siguradong susuportahan ka ng kangyang mga magnanakaws…

  • Horst Manure

    The main cause is Blood to Blood contact and dirty needles…which a needle exchange programme will help.

  • Ferdinand de Leon

    When will condom and the likes for physiological consideration ever solve STD or HIV for that matter as oppposed to abstinance. These people and her likes are the very problem of this country. Never vote for them our house help has more common sense than all of them combined.

    • wawangpenoy

       Pare maaga kang mababaliw sa kapipigil mo yan. Ipatong mo pa ang guilt na dala-dala mo sa pagkukunwaring talagang naiiwasan mo. Ngayon kung binata ka naman, okay lang. I’m with you in abstinence although all I can say is, happy masturbation. Enjoy it to the fullest. Medyo iwas prostate cancer ka pa nyan pag panay-panay. he he he

    • tamumd

      You wish everything in the world can be approached using only common sense. If that’s the case why do we even bother going to school and getting vocational, bachelors, masters or doctorate degrees? Even a certified mechanic do not rely on common sense only. Would you fly in a plane being piloted by a tricycle driver? lol. I’m sure you wouldn’t.

      • Ferdinand de Leon

        I can’t say you loss me if you were never with me. My point in fact is when we give couple condom to deter conception or spread STD when their coupling is to take the very point of coupling, which for clarity is to arouse the senses and pro-create. Naturally, and as always the case, they eventually do it without condom which diminishes the pleasure sought after in sex. And again the people trained to condom are not always the monogamous, hence the dangers
        Sorry if I have to spell it out to you as you seem to have as much common sense as it already deemed, I really hope this turns you around, better yet Ms. Cayetano for country’s sake.
         

      • tamumd

        Sure you can pretend you didn’t understand what I said but at the very end of your previous rejoinder you were implying that politicians who voted for the RH bill do not have any common sense and that your helper is better off than them. lol really! Well I bet your katulong won’t have a clue that there are empirical, scientific basis that the use of condom prevents the spread of some of the deadly STDs. lol

        Just like the rest of the catholibans..you assume that everyone could stick to total abstinence. Well that’s a little too naive of you. Even those priests who supposedly had professed the vow of celibacy and always pray cannot control their urges to molest children or impregnate women. How much more lay people? Condoms are used to prevent certain STDs like HIV/AIDS, chlamydia, gonorrhea or syphilis as well as prevent pregnancy. Hahahaha again…I dunno if you’re pretending to be naive. People engage in sex not just for procreation. They do it for pleasure too, intimacy and of course procreation. Not everyone who have sex… married or not married would want to conceive everytime they do it, so people use some form of contraception to prevent having 50 children in their lifetime of sexual activity. lol. “People trained to condom are not always the monogamous”…really? Do you have any empirical evidence to prove that?

        NO your naive points won’t turn me around nor Senator Cayetano. They’re idiotic, misinformed and has no place in educated discourse.People like you are the bane to our country’s progress.

  • RiverHorse

    what cayetano may seem to be oblivious of is the fact that HIV/AIDS is not a solely sexually transmitted disease hence, her support of the RH bill was grossly misguided. HIV/AIDS, like hepatitis b/c can be transmitted through dirty needles which drug addicts and other junkies often use… simply put, cayetano barked up the wrong tree.

    • scorpio15

      Grossly Misguided??? Igan puede bang ilagay mo yong Napaka-impotante at Napakagandang Guide mo rine para sa ating Senadora para sa ganon uusad ang Pinas.

      • RiverHorse

        kaya nga nagpost eh, bobo!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/RFVD3CQ3BENWY7T2BTB7U5S25Q Teddy

        maka-bobo naman to….there wasn’t really much in your comment, …parang may masabi lang. having said that, it mkes you one of those you thought others are… 

      • RiverHorse

        and you’re not helping, either. makes you one of the worst of us all.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AR3F3RNQX4U3PKBI526NJI6BYM Jose

        Why would he help you in your argument if his belief ison the other side?

      • RiverHorse

        isa ka pa palang bobo eh. huwag ka makialam sa usapan na nde mo naiintindihan.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AR3F3RNQX4U3PKBI526NJI6BYM Jose

        Wha ha ha ha! Bobo nga.  

      • RiverHorse

        buti naman inamin mo, pakialamerong bobo!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AR3F3RNQX4U3PKBI526NJI6BYM Jose

        Di lang ako ang umamin na bobo ka, dami sa taas o, ha ha ha.

      • RiverHorse

        ikaw ang sinasabi kong bobo… yan, case in point,nde mo naintindihan na ikaw yung tinutukoy ko na umamin… BOBO!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/RFVD3CQ3BENWY7T2BTB7U5S25Q Teddy

        awwww…you don’t know that :)…and simply put, you don’t seem to know or perhaps you don’t really know what you’re talking about…what can be worse than worst? lols

      • RiverHorse

        i am not the ignorant one, you fool! isa ka pa palang bobo na nde makaintindi eh.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/RFVD3CQ3BENWY7T2BTB7U5S25Q Teddy

        first to bark? lols…come to master pup…:)) lols

      • RiverHorse

        “When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.” – Jonathan Swift

        i was reminded of this quote when all of you began pouncing on me.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/RFVD3CQ3BENWY7T2BTB7U5S25Q Teddy

        my pity for the presumptuous!

      • RiverHorse

        yeah, pity for the likes of you. funny, you should have thought of that before you meddled into a conversation you clearly do not have a full grasp of. and now you ask for pity? that’s a lotta laugh!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AR3F3RNQX4U3PKBI526NJI6BYM Jose

        Not so with you, our village idiot is way better than you, ha ha ha.

      • RiverHorse

        that was, until you came along, huh? and you became the village idiot ever since. figures!

        let’s compare brain-pans, shall we? i have an IQ of 146. what’s yours?

      • scorpio15

        IlogKabayo kung magPost ka rine at magsabi na Misguided, ilagay mo kung sa-an ang isang ta-o naging Misguided. Maging specific ka at hindi General. Pareho lang kayo na Ina-apakan ang Utak.

      • RiverHorse

        magbasa ka kaya muna bago ka magcomment. hiv/aids yung pinupunteria ni cayetano kaya sinuportahan nya yung RH bill, nowhere did she mention (at least on this article) the possibility of hiv/aids being transmitted through dirty needles. gets?!

      • Babiker_Ahmed

        When you conduct a research about CAUSE and EFFECT, you deal with the top three causes in writing your report. It might happen that perverted sex activities ang lumabas na number 1 and yung sinasabi mo na transmission through needles ay nasa bottom ten… 

      • RiverHorse

        been there done that.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AR3F3RNQX4U3PKBI526NJI6BYM Jose

        Kaya nasunog utak mo?

      • RiverHorse

        utak ko over-used, yung utak mo never used kaya marami pa bibili nyan.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AR3F3RNQX4U3PKBI526NJI6BYM Jose

        overused utak mo? I bet those were exercise in futility.  Papunta lang ng kubeta overused na kaagad utak, wha haha ha

      • RiverHorse

        “When
        a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign,
        that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.” – Jonathan Swift

        i was reminded of this quote when all of you began pouncing on me.

    • catmanjohn

      Lets not kid ourselves. The use of heroin is not as prevalent in the Philippines as shabu, which is smoked. The sex trade, especially among young gay men is what is causing the rise of AIDS in the PH. Subsequently, there is a crossover of bisexual men who will transfer it to their girlfriends, which will then fuel the spread of AIDS in the heterosexual community. It will require education, the use of contraceptives, and most important, the economic opportunities for these people to get out of the sex trade, in order to stem the spread of this horrific disease.

      • RiverHorse

        and you don’t think crack addicts don’t use needles?

      • catmanjohn

        Crack is smoked, not injected. Ms. Cayetano’s Bill to stop the AIDS epidemic from spreading should not be a political issue. That is a no brainer.

      • RiverHorse

        we know that crack is smoked but some of the users know that? agree, no brainer. the campaign against aids is good but to say the spread of AIDS is only sexually is beyond me.

      • catmanjohn

        Where did I state that sex was the only reason AIDS is spreading in the PH? There are other factors, but that is the major culprit. It is better to know your enemy well, in order to defeat it.

      • RiverHorse

        i was referring to my original comment here, genius!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QNY75VSKM4I35WA2R6Q7B7TZGE RubenC

    Like her RH bill that has become a law, this new bill is being sponsored, not for the general welfare, but for the interest of rich countries. These rich countries will force poor countries including th Philipppines to inject children with vaccines that not only immunize them from a particular disease but also to make them barren.

  • JosengSisiw1

    Pia Pagpatuloy mo. Patnubayan at Pagpalain ka at huwag ka lang Pahawa kay Poncing.

  • boybakal

    Isa pa tong Senador na ito.
    May batas na dadagdagan pa. Duplication lang ang ginagawa.
    Ano sa akala mo sa Pilipino my HIV and Aids.
    Gumawa ka ng batas sa TB o Ulcer dahil gutom ang inaabot ng Pilipino.
    These are all US copied laws…palibhasa dual citizen.

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