MANILA, Philippines?Senator Edgardo Angara has thrown his support behind the controversial Reproductive Health bill despite intensified campaign against it by the Catholic Church.
?I'm more inclined to supporting it but I'm not in favor [of] the so-called abortion provision... I want to be sure that's not there,? Angara told reporters Tuesday.
But while he was inclined to support the bill, the senator expressed concern about its implementation.
Angara also joined calls for the continuation of the dialogue between critics and advocates of the bill ?instead of threatening each other.?
The senator though acknowledged that like the Charter change proposal, the RH bill issue was also divisive since it involves emotion.
?Charter change is an intellectual debate. This RH bill, meanwhile, involves mothers and children, conception and faith? You know, no social issue is not divisive. If it?s not divisive, it?s not important,? he said in Filipino.
?But let's not divide and fragment just because of this single issue. The same issue has gone through many Catholic countries, more Catholic and more devout than us ? Brazil , Portugal, Spain , Italy without this traumatic and indecent name-calling,? he further said.
And while Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao's stand against the bill would impact on the pro-RH campaign, Angara reminded that majority of Filipinos are supporting the proposed legislation.
?Of course Manny has a lot of admirers. He has an influence on the issue. But I think let's not mislead the mood of our people,? he said.
?The people are for it. Whatever measure you take, whether it?s SWS (Social Weather Station) or Manny Pacquiao -- people are for it because they live with poverty and misery everyday so they want also some help from their church and from their government,? the senator added.