High court denies motion to lift hold on RH law

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BAGUIO CITY—The Supreme Court opened its annual summer session in this city on Tuesday by denying a motion for reconsideration to repeal the status quo ante order it had imposed on the reproductive health (RH) law .

Voting 10-4, the court sitting en banc denied the motion filed on March 25 by Akbayan chair Risa Hontiveros which sought to lift the 120-day status quo ante order that stopped the implementation of the RH law (Republic Act No. 10354).

Not yet implemented

The status quo ante order was issued on March 19, through a 10-5 vote. Status quo ante is the Latin phrase for “preserving the state of affairs” before something became the subject of debate or conflict. A status quo ante order requires all parties to treat RA 10354 as a measure that has not yet been implemented.

The order addressed up to six petitions that sought to stop the law’s implementation due to the RH law’s supposed constitutional infirmities. The court set oral arguments for June 18.

The petitions were filed by James Imbong, et al., Expedito Bugarin, Eduardo Olaguer and the Catholic Xybrspace Apostolate of the Philippines, Serve Life Cagayan de Oro City, et al., Task Force for Family and Life Visayas Inc. and Valeriano Avila, and Alliance for the Family Foundation Philippines Inc.

Mocks Filipino culture

They claimed RA 10354 “mocks the nation’s Filipino culture—noble and lofty in its values and holdings on life, motherhood and family life —now the fragile lifeblood of a treasured cultured that today stands solitary but proud in contrast to other nations.”

Hontiveros, who is running for senator under the administration coalition, Team PNoy, said the law did not violate the Constitution.

Her motion said the RH law would help the government stop maternal deaths and clarify misconceptions about reproductive health.

Hontiveros, in an earlier Inquirer report, said the new law does not legalize abortion, contrary to allegations of anti-RH advocates.

“[W]hile the petitioners mistakenly allege that RA 10354 will legalize abortion in the Philippines, a plain reading of the text of the said law makes it clear that abortion is expressly and repeatedly proscribed therein,” the motion said.

Lawyer Theodore Te, Supreme Court spokesperson, said the justices cast the same votes they did when the court issued the status quo ante order.

Only Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe failed to cast a vote because she was on official business and would join the court next week, Te said.

He said many of the significant cases calendared for summer would be addressed once Bernabe joined the justices here.

Bernabe had dissented from the majority that favored the status quo ante order, alongside Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and Associate Justices Mariano del Castillo and Marvic Leonen.

This is the first summer session for Sereno as Chief Justice, as well as for the newest appointee, Leonen, who was born and raised in Baguio.

They were greeted by a freshly landscaped yard outside the court’s summer compound here, where rocks were arranged to display the phrases, “Baguio City” and “summer session.”

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  • MonMayuga

    Is bearing children more than parents can afford to raise decently and with dignity a Filipino culture?

    • Jane Tan

      Yup. It is. Sad, ain’t it? We have to protect this culture… lmao.

      • janelynmalinao

        I agree its sad…in fact so sad that they value culture more than life and values. If one cannot rise a child decently, what’s the point of “Filipino culture—noble and lofty in its values and holdings on life,
        motherhood and family life —now the fragile lifeblood of a treasured
        cultured that today stands solitary but proud in contrast to other
        nations”. How can a parent impart good values to their children i they can’t even feed, clothe, educate their children.

      • boldyak

        HOW CAN YOU SAY THAT WE VALUE CULTURE MORE THAN LIFE, WEREIN WE ARE AGAINST POPULATION CONTROL? YOU ARE THE ONE WHO DON’T VALUE LIFE, YOU VALUE MORE ON YOUR OWN CONVENIENCE… YOU DON’T WANT MORE LIFE TO EXIST…WHO THEN VALUE LIFE?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001565433198 Rolly Antonio

        Exactly!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001565433198 Rolly Antonio

      A loaded question that should blow up your head. Geesh.

      • Jane Tan

        Funny how every question you don’t want to answer seems to be loaded.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001565433198 Rolly Antonio

        Funny that you don’t know what is a loaded question. LOL

      • Jane Tan

        Funny that you consider it loaded.

  • Hey_Dudes

    If the supreme court is hellbent in showing the Filipino people theirs and theirs alone is the last say on this RH law passed by congress, why don’t declare it unconstitutional so they will see for themselves who the real boss is in this country. Napakaraming masyadong pumapapel on every issues?

    • speaksoftlylove

      Dogyot, isa ka na roon sa “Napakaraming masyadong pumapapel on every issues” di mo nahalata?

      • Joey Sanchez

        hahaha! right!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001565433198 Rolly Antonio

      That’s how democracy works. You didn’t know, eh?

      • Joey Sanchez

        …psstt..walang alam yan kasi! dakdak lng ng dakdak!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001565433198 Rolly Antonio

      It’s quite funny that the many on this thread claim that RH is the answer to the maternal deaths.

      This is their stoopid logic: If the mothers don’t get pregnant, they won’t die. Stoopid eh?

      And where is the correlation and data that showed that RH bill can
      save mothers from dying if and only if they decide to get pregnant?
      yeah right, the ignoramus here were not able to consider that scenario.
      All they want is to prevent the mothers from bearing children so as to
      prevent maternal deaths.

      Free lesson for ALL. RH bill is not the answer to maternal deaths.
      It’s the allocation of more budget to health services accessible to ALL.
      Not condoms and pills. LOL

      • Jane Tan

        ^ Communist mindset… we want it free and want it to be just as good as those that can pay. Can’t believe we’re going to digress into ancient China. We already have the dynasties in place. Now we have the economy.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001565433198 Rolly Antonio

        Funny you say that even if I am anti-communism. It appears that you don’t understand that concept. LOL.

      • Jane Tan

        Coming from someone that wants everything to be free, I’d say you have your concepts mixed-up. Unless hospitals are denying medication and healthcare to patients who can afford the price… whoah… what an idea.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001565433198 Rolly Antonio

        Pray tell, where did I say that it must be free when I said accessible to ALL? LOL.

        Yeah right. I think we know who needs to brush up on her reading comprehension. LOL

      • Jane Tan

        Hospitals are accessible to all. Mercury drug is accessible to all. Generics Pharmacy is accessible to all. Clinics are accessible to all.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001565433198 Rolly Antonio

        LOL. Condoms are accessible to ALL. Pills are accessible to ALL.

        Communism my @ss. You’re the biggest fattest liar of them all. LOL

      • Jane Tan

        Well, now they are MORE accessible, especially to those who don’t want to spend for them.

        And that’s what you don’t want, right? Because you want “other healthcare services to be MORE accessible. What do you want, a 10% discount on bloodtests?

      • Joey Sanchez

        correct correct correct!!!

  • tadasolo

    We need to issue our own propel power TRO to this court. It is running AWOL

  • iping2sison

    Why, until now, the justices go to Baguio for summer sessions? How about going to Jolo in Mindanao or somewhere in the Visayas? Are they afraid of their shadows?

  • Simon Ward

    If the Supreme Court can be used in this way, simply to stall or thwart the will of Congress, then it has lost its way. They should be able to tell in an instant whether the RH bill is Constitutional, and if it is (which it is), they should have just tossed all those petitions out.

    • boldyak

      have you heard the words, “check and balance”…who will determine whether the laws passed by congress is constitutional or not?…they have to hear all sides and study…wag kang katulad ni Pnoy na hindi na pag-aaralan ang batas at perma na lang ng pirma…pa “instant instant” ka pa jan….

      • Simon Ward

        Sure, but they’re just taking too long over it. That’s why I’m suspicious of what’s really happening. A few weeks ago, a worthless petition was put before the SC trying to ban someone from a dynasty from running in the election. The SC tossed it out almost instantly. The decision this time around should be equally obvious. It’s not a matter of debating the RH law all over again. It’s simply a matter of deciding whether these petitions calling the law un-Constitutional have merit. I don’t think they do, but I’m not a judge. I believe a judge should be able to decide very quickly. A single reading should do.

      • boldyak

        ALL SIDES MUST BE HEARD…BANNING OF POLITICAL DYNASTY IS NOT POSSIBLE FOR NOW, THERE IS NO ENABLING LAW. THEY CAN TOSS IT OUT IMMEDIATELY…I AM AGAINST ANY POLITICAL DYNASTY BUT THERE ARE RULES TO BE FOLLOWED…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001565433198 Rolly Antonio

    This is how democracy works. You give enough time to ALL parties to
    defend their position in the forthcoming oral argument. Time and time
    again, it was proven that NOT everything that the congress throws out is
    constitutional *cough*cybercrime*cough*.

    So to the f00ls, please review your political science. You guys make me sick.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001565433198 Rolly Antonio

    It’s quite funny that the ignoramus on this thread claim that RH is the answer to the maternal deaths.

    This is their stoopid logic: If the mothers don’t get pregnant, they won’t die. Stoopid eh?

    And where is the correlation and data that showed that RH bill can save mothers from dying if and only if they decide to get pregnant? yeah right, the ignoramus here were not able to consider that scenario. All they want is to prevent the mothers from bearing children so as to prevent maternal deaths.

    Free lesson for ALL. RH bill is not the answer to maternal deaths. It’s the allocation of more budget to health services accessible to ALL. Not condoms and pills. LOL

    • Jane Tan

      ” It’s the allocation of more budget to health services accessible to ALL” – typical communist mindset – we want it free, and we want it to be just as good as those who can pay > its no wonder our economy is so crappy – Makati Medical, Cardinal Santos and St. Luke’s, dapat free daw ang services hahahaha…

      Still seeking an answer.

      Considering they are age-appropriate, will you hire a street beggar for an actual, honest-to-goodness job with basic pay and benefits?

      If yes, what job will you give him/her?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001565433198 Rolly Antonio

        Accessible to ALL does not mean communism. Review your political science. Geez.

        By the way, RH wants reproductive health services to be accessible to ALL too. If we’re going to use your line of thinking, that’s communism. LOL.

        We don’t support mendicancy. Your loaded question sucks. It’s the job of the state to create an environment conducive for economic growth and job generation. Giving out condoms is not one of them. LOL.

      • Jane Tan

        \”It’s the allocation of more budget to health services accessible to ALL. Not condoms and pills.”\

        Those are your words. What else could you be referring to aside from condoms and pills? I’m pretty sure you mean medical services, medical equipment, etc. You want those to be free, and not condoms and pills. I know what the definition of Communism is, and that is what you’re asking for because I’ve yet to enter a hospital/clinic that would deny a patient “access to health services” when they can pay for it. If you know of such a hospital/clinic, please enlighten me and I will assist you in protesting in that regard.

        Loaded question? Its centered around my main argument and it addresses your solution of job creation. I answered it. Why can’t you?

        \”It’s the job of the state to create an environment conducive for economic growth and job generation.”\

        Since you’re still dancing around the question, I’ll add your latest “solution” to my question to make it easier – In such an environment that is conducive for economic growth and job generation, considering they are age-appropriate, will you hire a street beggar for an actual honest-to-goodness job with basic pay and benefits, and what will this job be?

        When faced with reality, all you can do is evade. Its no wonder the Philippines is in such a state. You can’t even admit to yourself that we live in such a situation. You can’t even defend your stand against my first and only question. Such is the limit of your belief.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001565433198 Rolly Antonio

        Too long a post that boils down to one point – reading comprehension problem.

        The allocation of more budget to health services accessible to ALL does not mean that it should be free. And I meant it as a solution to maternal deaths, NOT condom and pills.

        Geesh!

      • Jane Tan

        Too short a post that boils down to a lack of conviction and lack of sufficient arguments.

        There are already free public clinics around. Free. Of course, free has a limit. Because its free. What you’re saying is you want is more “free” i.e. Communist.

        Still deviating from the question. Ignore it if you must. I already know I’ve won because you can’t defend your stand. Thanks. I just need to post my question whenever you’ve made a reply and its a given that you’ll show your ignorance.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001565433198 Rolly Antonio

        Reading comprehension still fails. Attacking an argument that wasn’t there. Even if I repeat countless of times, you will still insist that I want is communism. LOL.

        I just rebutt your loaded question with just another loaded question. What will you do if a couple doesn’t want to take in pills or use condoms? LOL.

      • Jane Tan

        I already answered. I won’t do anything. That’s what the RH Bill is about. It doesn’t say they need to take the pills or condoms. Answered.

        You still haven’t answered mine. From someone who is claiming failure in reading comprehension, he still can’t comprehend a simple question that doesn’t need an argument to pre-empt. Its a simple question that I can ask anyone on the street. Standalone. That you can’t answer. Common among anti-RH. Can’t answer. Scared. Evade. Nuff said. Win.

      • marionics

        god are you still arguing with these fúcks?

        well, they won rounds 1 and 2 so that’s that.

        i guess we’ll have to see what the next rounds bring

      • Joey Sanchez

        aha….to the rescue! talo ba?

        next round? RH LAW is proclaimed unconstitutional!

      • marionics

        yeah yeah gloat all you want while it lasts

      • Jane Tan

        Its okay. I’ve already come up with a question that can shut these idiots up. If only I could join in the oral arguments, I’d ask these petitioners myself.

  • noreligionhavefaith

    Filipinos are the dregs of this world. Genetically wired to be dumb, inferior and are born to be the modern slaves of society. Breeds like there’s no tomorrow and follows religion like mindless animals into a make believe world called catholicism. This ethnicity has no hope and should just sink to the bottom of the pacific.
    CHina or Malaysia should just wipe out this useless of a race!

    • Jane Tan

      I would have considered your comment a personal attack against Filipinos if I didn’t agree with the first and third description, and the part about religious slavery.

  • 2rey3

    Very good SC!!

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