Pia Cayetano says SQA extension on RH Law sends wrong message to womenBy Maila Ager
MANILA, Philippines–Senator Pia Cayetano said she was “extremely disappointed” by the Supreme Court’s decision to extend the status quo ante (SQA) order against the implementation of the Reproductive Health Law until further orders.
“Well, I have to say that I’m quite disappointed with that,” said Cayetano, main sponsor of the measure in the Senate, when sought to comment on Tuesday on the SC’s decision.
“I believe that the evidence was very clear during the oral arguments last week that the case presented by the petitioner was quite weak,” she said.
But as a member of the bar and as a member of a co-equal branch, Cayetano, who is also a lawyer, said she would respect the decision of the high tribunal.
“Although I’m extremely disappointed to hear that there was a need to extend it (SQA) despite the fact that the arguments initially presented already showed that the petition is really without bases,” she said.
Cayetano said the decision, which would further delay the implementation of the RH Law, “sends a wrong message to the women of our country.”
“I suffer for these women who are just waiting for government to make up its mind, to extend this human rights event. Nalungkot po ako (I’m saddened),” she said.
Cayetano then called on all on concerned people to keep an open mind and to listen to their arguments.
“Because to stand in the way because of one’s religious views would be contrary to our obligation to uphold the Constitution,” she further said.