Hontiveros cries ‘assault’ on women over SC ruling to stop RH law for 120 days


Akbayan Representative Risa Hontiveros. Cathy MIranda/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – The decision of the Supreme Court to stop the implementation of the Reproductive Health law for 120 days drew mix reactions from  senatorial bets of Team PNoy on Tuesday, one calling it an “extraordinary assault” against Filipino women and mothers.

“I am shocked. We have just signed the IRR (Implementing Rules and Regulations) of the law and we were eagerly expecting the implementation of the law on Easter Sunday,” said former Akbayan Representative Risa Hontiveros, a staunch advocate of the law.

“Para bang inilibing nila nang buhay ang mga nanay na naghihintay para sa ating RH programs. Pinigilan nila ang pagkabuhay ng pag-asa na dala ng RH law (It’s like burying alive mothers waiting for RH programs. The hopes that would be realized from RH law are gone),” she said.

It was also “supremely ironic” that the SC decision to withhold the enforcement of the law, Hontiveros said, coincided with the celebration of Women’s Month.

Despite this, she urged the pro-RH majority to sustain the fight.

“The filing of the anti-RH petitions means that we cannot fold our banners yet. Not a single provision of the RH law should be conceded in the name of irresponsible sectarianism,” Hontiveros said.

“A status quo ante order upholds a status quo marked with maternal deaths, desperation and hopelessness for many Filipinos,” she added.

Hontiveros hopes that in the end, the SC would side with mothers and women by upholding the constitutionality of the law.

While he said he did not agree with the SC decision, Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero said the ruling should be followed and respected, saying: “That is what our Constitution, our laws and due process dictate.”

“While I do not agree with the decision, I am glad that all of the contending sides of this highly contentious issue that divided our nation peacefully followed the law and legal processes in pursuing their respective beliefs,” Escudero said.

“This is a testament to our democracy and adherence to democratic principles,” he added.

Former Senator Ramon Magsaysay Jr., meanwhile, called the decision “unfortunate, but expressed confidence that proponents of the law would be able to defend its constitutionality.

“The decision of the High Court is unfortunate. We trust the executive department and the legislators who pushed for its passage will defend the constitutionality of the law,” Magsaysay said in a statement.

“We need a law for certain. The RH law is simply to give options to the family,” he said.

Magsaysay said the full implementation of the law would have reduced maternal deaths and improved the overall productive of health women.

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  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/Q63DUTCNJJKCYNURT4A4C6QZJM marco

    nag inarte na naman si Download Queen..pls ms. hontiveros d bagay ang arte mo na “kunwari inilibing ng buhay” eh kung ikaw kaya ilibing ng mga mahistrado dahil sa hindi paggalang sa SC? d ko alam kung naintidihan mo ..120 days your highness..download queen!

    • speaksoftlylove

      Kunwari pa yang si Riza, naginarte nga.

      Sa totoo lang, alam na alam naman niyang German cut na bongkalo lang ang nililibing na buhay haha.

  • just_anotherperson

    Preventing the RH law to take effect on Easter Sunday is already a big relief.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4Q5EHNRA6LXAHGXPSMAXBGJ4ME isidro

    This only proved that democracy is alive under P-Noy Administration.

    May I remind Hontiveros that we should respect the rule of law.
    It is only a TRO, at baka ma contempt ka Riza. Don’t shout otherwise, ProLife might forget you name comes “Hatol ng Bayan.”

    Remember 85% constitute Catholics. And the survey conducted before Lagman presented his bill to Congress was not fully debated upon. And the survey questionnaires and methodology were misleading, as lambasted and questioned by former Sen. Kit Tatad.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_POBZSV5PGTGUS3YA2KR2NZI3HA Alex

      ….as if Tatad has a neutral stand on the issue to begin with.

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    Hontiveros cries assault on women over SC ruling to stop RH law for 120 days?

    Bakit yung battered wife ni Koko-the-cuckold, hindi mo protektahan? Oo nga pala, gold digger lang din si Jewel Lobaton.

    • magiting78

      Eh si Lobaton mismo ang nag reklamo hnd daw sya sinasaktan ni Pimentel hnd nman daw sya nag reklamo ki Zubiri hehehe…Labanan ito ng mga bading….

      • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

        Pwde. Pero inamin din ni Lobaton siya ang lumapit kina Zubiri, Toby and Erap. Why did she invite UNA to her bedroom so to speak? Just to get help for her custody battle? 7 and 2 years old pa lang anak niya 2012, by default they should go to her. Unless Koko-the-cuckold has something on her. Like evidence of adultery with Dr. G.

  • guest

    I think the supreme court is playing politics. Their decisions is based on whims, not on legal reasoning.

  • Dondon Chan 陳

    i don’t see any objective comments below… sad… people are into politics more than into issues.

    from whether whose mouth this rant comes from, it’s a valid rant. and it’s a sad day for the country.

    • superpilipinas

      RH is political. It was just used to block FOI so it will not be passed.

  • HarryK

    Laws are implemented by the Executive and not by the Judiciary.

    • superpilipinas

      exactly. judiciary checks legality of the law based on the Constitution.
      if the law is constitutional, it can be enforced, otherwise it will be killed.

  • Bob de la Cruz

    Hoy RH (Risa Hontiveros) napaka-hypokrita mo. Kababae mong tao, puro pasarap sa paggamit ng RH ang nasasa-isip mo. Team PATAY ka talaga. Nawa’y di ka lumutang sa darating na election.

  • superpilipinas

    He-he-he. As they say….”Shove it in your beatiful a..”

    Team Patay.

  • superpilipinas


    Manghintay yung mga nanangati ano?

    Isang buwan lang naman at di kailangan 120 days di ba?

  • superpilipinas

    Kung talagang gusto niyang tumulong, masmaraming nanay na mas gustong pumalit sa kanilang anak na papataying ng Dengue itong taon. Sila na lang tulungan niya dahil tatamad-tamad ang DOH. 400+ namatay nung 2011, 700+ nung 2012, at malamang 1000+ this year dahil sa kapalpakan ng DOH. Ayaw nilang unahin ang laban sa Dengue. Kaya naman nilang gayahin ang ginagawa ng ibang bansa. 120,000+ ang mga kaso nung 2011 at 130,000+ nakaraang taon. maraming tao nabaon sa utang sa pagpagamot at maraming tao namulubi ….

    • superpilipinas

      DOH fails to contain dengue
      By Kristine L. Alave
      Philippine Daily Inquirer
      2:02 am | Thursday, September 6th, 2012

      The Department of Health (DOH) has failed to contain the spread of the dengue virus with the number of cases in the first month of the year already breaching the DOH’s projection of 80,000 dengue cases for the entire year.

      Based on the Dengue Surveillance Report, 80,745 Filipinos have been afflicted by the dengue virus from January 1 to August 18.

      DOH spokesperson Dr. Eric Tayag had earlier said they were looking to limit the number of dengue cases for 2012 to 80,000.

      “The cases last year was over 125,000. We targeted that this should not be more than 80,000 [this year],” Tayag said in July.

      The number of dengue cases from January to August 2012 is 14.14 percent higher compared to the 70,745 cases recorded in same period last year.

      Deaths from dengue also continue to rise from 424 last year to 496 this year.

      Most of the dengue cases reported were in the National Capital Region (NCR) with 16,087, followed by Central Luzon with 12,401 and Calabarzon with 11,839.

      A steep rise in dengue cases has been reported in Zamboanga Peninsula, from 883 to 2,825 (219 percent); Western Visayas, from 2,121 to 6,242 (194 percent); Davao Region, from 2,352 to 5,917 (151 percent); Northern Mindanao, from 1,316 to 3,248 (146 percent), and Bicol Region, from 835 to 1,926 (130 percent).

      More than half of dengue victims were male, said the report. About 40 percent of the dengue cases involved children aged between 1 to 10 years old, the DOH said.

  • generalproblem

    hehehe kulang sa barukbok kasi

  • speaksoftlylove

    The Demons thought that they can add insult to injury by implementing the RH law on Easter Sunday.

    Shove it in your behind, Riza.

  • regd

    Anybody notice she resembles like the anorexic gwen? Or my eyesight is just too bad?

  • superlucky2

    Risa Hontiveros ang pagtakbo mo for senator is also an assault to the intelligence of the Filipino people. Huwag iboto si Hontiveros at ang mga members ng Team Patay.

  • 2rey3

    OA naman itong si RH. Ang RH a si RH kamo ang naglilibing ng buhay ng mga bata na di mabigyan ng pagkakataong mailuwal ng kanilang mga Nanay at ang RH ang sisra ng maraming mga nanay na sana magbibigay buhay sa kanilang mga anak. Kung mabasa lang po ninyo sa internet ang sex education sa advance RH countries kagaya ng Toronto, Canada, halos di kayo makapaniwala na totoo ito kung saan tinuturuan ng kalaswaan at kabaklaan ang mga kabataan as young as 9 years old. tayong mga magulang na ayaw masira ang ating mga anak at mga angkan ay dapat magkaisa at labanan nang husto ang salot na RH na ito.

  • http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/ Lucky Luciano

    Today is Pope Francis’s inauguration. It’s only normal for the a$$kissing Filipino politicians to show their loyalty to the church on this momentous day. It’s just a TRO. It will be lifted as soon as the show’s over.

    in short, Pakitang-Tao

  • superpilipinas

    Yes to Pope Francis….No to Team Patay!


    Bacolod will remove the tarp now lol

  • Che Court

    hindi kita iboboto… kasama ang lahat ng realtives at kaibigan ko… demonyita ka Risa

  • Hey_Dudes

    Well, if everything and just about anything crucial to every Filipino’s way of life is dependent on what SC will decree, of what use is there having congress and executive? Why not just leave governance to S.C. and CBCP? Both seem hellbent in holding every Filipinos by the neck.

  • disqusted0fu

    The RH law is over rated anyway. It was just blown up by many to be seen as a significant event under the Aquino admin. But some key provisions of the law were actually already being implemented without the RH. Plus, there were population policies during the Arroyo admin that successfully managed the growth. It can be done without the RH law. It’s just about doing it.

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