RH Bill wins key vote at House of Representatives

Mere hours after President Aquino "urged" members of the House to not be cowed by intimidation of reprisal by the Catholic Church in the 2013 elections, the move to finally end the plenary debates on the controversial RH Bill was passed. The bill now advances to the Period of Amendments.

The vote came after a massive Anti-RH rally and misinformation campaign by the CBCP and a day ahead of the scheduled August 7 deliberation much to the surprise of the Anti-RH Representatives. The debates had taken one year and six months.

Today, the CBCP said that they will be more aggressive in influencing its faithful (read blind followers) to vote only for those that oppose the bill, practically using the Catholic vote as carrot on a stick for the 2013 elections. In a move that seems to support this, opposition for the RH Bill moved for nominal voting to openly expose supporters of the bill but the majority decision against it prevailed.

Grasping on straws, objections to the termination of debates ranged from the usual delaying tactics to the absurd. Cagayan de Oro's Rep. Rufus Rodriguez said that he has yet to finish his interpretation of the bill while  Rep. Amado Bagatsing of the 5th District of Manila argued that they should have voted on August 7 not August 6 because 6 is the number of the devil. 

"Malas po ang 6, dun tayo sa (August) 7. Ang 6 ay numero ng demonyo," he said.

Meanwhile Zambales Representative Mitos Magsaysay asked why lawmakers "are in a hurry" to end the debates on the bill. She seemed unaware that the bill has been discussed for several years.

As the bill progresses to Amendments, the government's official gazette released the five-point position on responsible parenthood of President Aquino strengthening his support for the RH Bill.

  1. I am against abortion.
  2. I am in favor of giving couples the right to choose how best to manage their families so that in the end, their welfare and that of their children are best served.
  3. The State must respect each individual’s right to follow his or her conscience and religious convictions on matters and issues pertaining to the unity of the family and the sacredness of human life from conception to natural death.
  4. In a situation where couples, especially the poor and disadvantaged ones, are in no position to make an informed judgment, the State has the responsibility to so provide.
  5. In the range of options and information provided to couples, natural family planning and modern methods shall be presented as equally available.
Source: www.gov.ph

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  1. Anonymous8/07/2012

    The tougher battle is the Senate. It is full of useless old men who are pandering to the wishes of the church and have no idea of the realities outside their mansions.



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