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The RH Bill (OT)
« on: December 18, 2012, 11:31:47 AM »
What are your thoughts or feelings about the RH Bill?
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Re: The RH Bill (OT)
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2012, 11:32:42 AM »
Bishop: Palace 'corruption' behind RH bill nod

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Posted at 12/17/2012 11:21 PM | Updated as of 12/17/2012 11:21 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The reproductive health (RH) bill would have not been approved by the House were it not for Palace pressure, a Catholic bishop said Monday.

Antipolo Bishop Gabriel Reyes, chairman of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines' (CBCP) Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, said Malacañang had a direct hand in the measure.

“What is very sad also is that Malacañang has pressured our congressmen to vote yes. Had Malacañang not pressured our congressmen in second reading, we would have won, majority is for the truth,” Reyes said.

He accused the Palace of committing "corruption" by allegedly "pressuring congressmen and dangling pork barrel in exchange for their vote."

“Maraming nagbaliktaran nung tinawag ng Liberal Party ang mga members… pati yung hindi Liberal Party. Ang malungkot ay mismong executive department nagiging corruptor ng ating congressmen by promising government projects, political favors… and that pork barrel funds will not be given if they don’t vote for the RH bill,” he said.

Reyes said the CBCP will continue to campaign against the use of contraceptives.

"For those who voted yes, we do not make a hate campaign,” he said.

The Senate and the lower House approved RH bill on 3rd and final reading Monday.

The lower House version of the bill was first approved 133-79, with 7 abstentions.

The Senate, meanwhile, approved it 13-8, on 2nd and 3rd reading.

Msgr. Clemente Ignacio, rector of the Shrine of Black Nazarene in Quiapo, said those against the measure should be magnanimous in defeat.

"Let us not judge those who have voted for the RH bill. They have their own convictions [and] own views on the issue. We do not know where they are coming from. It only shows that there are many things the Church has to do with regards to this. They are our brothers and sisters even if they are on the other side," Ignacio said.
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Re: The RH Bill (OT)
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2012, 11:33:10 AM »
Pasado na sa ikatlong pagbasa sa Kamara ang kontrobersyal na reproductive health bill. Ito'y matapos sertipikahan ni Pangulong Aquino na urgent ang panukalang batas. Live mula sa Batasan Pambansa nagpa-Patrol, Jay Ruiz. TV Patrol, Disyembre 17, 2012, Lunes
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Re: The RH Bill (OT)
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2012, 11:33:46 AM »
Sotto on RH bill: I ask God to forgive us

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Posted at 12/17/2012 11:54 PM | Updated as of 12/17/2012 11:54 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Senator Vicente "Tito" Sotto III, one of the most outspoken critics of the reproductive health bill, said lawmakers who approved the measure made a wrong decision.

"Malamang pagsisihan natin ito," he said while explaining his vote on Monday.

"If we approve the RH bill, may I ask God the Father to forgive us for we do not know what we are doing," Sotto said. - ANC, December 17, 2012
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Re: The RH Bill (OT)
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2012, 11:34:30 AM »
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Re: The RH Bill (OT)
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2012, 11:35:23 AM »
Senate, House approve RH bill
12/18/2012 1:38 AM

Pasado na sa ikatlo at huling pagbasa sa Senado at Kamara ang Reproductive Health Bill. Ibig sabihin, matapos ang ilang taong pagkakabimbin nito, hindi na nalalayong maging ganap na batas ang panukala. Pero, bago tuluyang lumusot ang RH Bill sa Senado, ilang panukalang amyenda ang inilatag ni Senador Tito Sotto, pati na rin ang muli niyang pagkwesyon sa paggamit ng mga katagang "safe and satisfying sex" sa panukalang batas. Magba-Bandila si Jenny Reyes. Bandila, Disyembre 17, 2012, Lunes
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Re: The RH Bill (OT)
« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2012, 11:36:45 AM »
Cruz on RH bill fight: 'Palace wins'

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Posted at 12/18/2012 9:43 AM | Updated as of 12/18/2012 9:50 AM

MANILA, Philippines – A Catholic prelate on Monday said he has seen the end of the fight against the reproductive health bill even if some groups are not yet giving up on their efforts to stop the measure from becoming a law.

"Kung ako ang tatanungin - pero siyempre nga hoping against hope, may nagsasabi na baka may remedyo pa - para sa akin, it is accomplished, tapos na ito," Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz told dzMM.

"Hindi naman sa sumusuko, pero kailangang tanggapin na, ngayon pa lamang, na talagang nagwagi ang Malacañang. Anong gagawin natin? Sila ang may kapangyarihan, nasa kanila ang power of the purse. Wala naman po sa lehislatura ang power of the purse," he added.

Cruz said he has been hearing news that some Catholic organizations are gearing up to question before the Supreme Court the divisive measure, whose Senate and House versions passed final reading on Monday.

However, the prelate is casting doubt whether the anti-RH groups will be able to turn the tide, noting the current composition and leadership of the SC.

Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, co-sponsor of the bill in the House, said he expects for some groups to seek help from the high court. He, however, assured that the bill did not violate any provision of the Constitution.

"'Iyun talaga ang gagawin niyan. Lahat naman ng controversial measures dito sa atin ay dinadala sa Korte Suprema as the final arbiter of Constitutional questions. Kami naman ay handa," he told dzMM in a separate interview.

"Itong panukalang batas na ito ay pinag-aralan nating mabuti. Ito ay constitutional, walang nilalabag na provision sa Constitution at ito ay susog lamang sa mandato sa Saligang Batas."

The Senate on Monday approved the bill on final reading, 13-8. The House passed it by a landslide vote of 133-79, with 7 abstentions.

The two legislative chambers can now meet to consolidate and ratify their versions of the bill.

President Benigno Aquino III hopes to sign the bill into law before the year ends.
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Re: The RH Bill (OT)
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2012, 11:38:01 AM »
Punto por Punto host Anthony Taberna discusses the passage on third and final reading in both the Senate and House of Representatives of the controversial reproductive health bill.

Archbishop Oscar Cruz and former Health secretary Esperanza Cabral share their views on the divisive measure, which aims to promote the use of contraceptives and teach the young about safe sex practices.

The Senate on Monday approved the bill on final reading, 13-8. The House passed it by a landslide vote of 133-79, with 7 abstentions.

The two legislative chambers can now meet to consolidate and ratify their versions of the bill.

President Benigno Aquino III hopes to sign the bill into law before the year ends.

- Punto por Punto, Umagang Kay Ganda, December 18 2012
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Re: The RH Bill (OT)
« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2012, 11:38:38 AM »
House contingent for RH bicam named

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Posted at 12/18/2012 11:26 AM | Updated as of 12/18/2012 11:26 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The House of Representatives has picked its members for the bicameral conference committee for the reproductive health (RH) bill.

Alliance of Concerned Teachers party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio said the House bicameral contingent includes Representatives Edcel Lagman, Henedina Abad, Teddy Baguilat, Kaka Bag-ao, Mel Sarmiento, Janette Garin, Cesar Sarmiento and House minority leader Danilo Suarez.

The Senate is expected to choose who among its members will be part of the bicameral conference committee this afternoon.

The Senate on Monday approved the bill on final reading, 13-8. The House passed it by a landslide vote of 133-79, with 7 abstentions.

The two legislative chambers can now meet to consolidate and ratify their versions of the bill.

President Benigno Aquino III hopes to sign the bill into law before the year ends. – with ANC
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Re: The RH Bill (OT)
« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2012, 01:04:03 AM »
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

RH bill ratified by Congress, awaits PNoy signature


The Reproductive Health (RH) bill is one signature away from becoming a law hours after the bicameral conference committee came up with a revised, consolidated version of the bill.

11 senators voted to approve the report, while five opposed it, ratifying the bill shortly before 7 p.m. The House of Representatives then ratified the bill an hour later.

The controversial bill now paves its way for President Benigno Aquino III's approval. The President himself certified it as "urgent" and said the bill is one of his priority measures.

Among the bill's provisions and contents are:

    improved public access to reproductive health services
    promotion of better maternal care
    responsible parenthood
    youth education on sexual and reproductive health issues (mandatory for those aged 10 to 19)
    requirement of parental consent from minors who are not yet married or are with children
    much debated portion recognizing the right to a "safe and satisfying sex life"


The Roman Catholic Church firmly opposed the bill.
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