Monday, July 30, 2012

Minorya sa Kamara, umatras na sa pagsuporta sa RH Bill

Iniatras na ng minorya sa Kamara ang pagsuporta sa kontrobersyal na Reproductive Health (RH) Bill.

Ayon kay House Minority Leader Quezon Representative Danilo Suarez, walo na sa 28 miyembro ng minority bloc ang tuluyang tumalikod sa pagsuporta sa panukalang batas.

Binanggit din nito na nanindigan lamang ang monority bloc noon bilang suporta sa dati nilang lider na si Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman.

Dagdag pa ng kongresista, nagdesisyon ang kanilang hanay na unti-unti nang talikuran ang RH Bill matapos ang kanilang regular na pagpupulong ngayong araw.

Inaasahan ni Suarez na susunod na ang ibang miyembro ng minorya sa pagtalikod sa panukalang batas na sinuportahan naman ni Pangulong Noynoy Aquino sa kanyang State of the Nation Address (SONA). Report from Jon Ibañez, Radyo Patrol 35
July 30, 2012 6:39pm

Six co-authors of the controversial reproductive health (RH) bill have expressed the intention to withdraw their support for the measure’s passage, the leader of the House opposition said Monday.

House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez said he and five other opposition lawmakers no longer wish to be co-authors of the RH bill a week before the lower chamber is set to put the measure to a crucial vote.
“Nagsabi sila sa meeting kaninang umaga na they are withdrawing support… We will just not vote, abstain during the voting,” he said in a phone interview.

Suarez declined to comment on whether the Catholic Church’s opposition to the RH bill affected some of his colleagues' stand on the measure.

The five other opposition House members who chose to withdraw their support for the RH bill were:

- Camarines Norte Rep. Elmer Panotes,

- Lanao del Sur Rep. Mohammad Hussein Pangandaman,

- AA-KASOSYO party-list Rep. Nasser Pangandaman,

- ALE party-list Rep. Catalina Bagasina, and

- Siquijor Rep. Orlando Fua.

None of the lawmakers was immediately available to explain their decision to withdraw support for the bill.

‘Thorough discussion’

The RH bill, formally known as House Bill 4244, has been undergoing debates at the House for more than a year now.

The measure, which as been identified by President Benigno Aquino III as a priority legislation, endorses the use of both natural and artificial modes of family planning.

The bill is being opposed by the Roman Catholic Church, which promotes only natural family planning methods.

Last week, the House leadership decided to put it to a vote on August 7 whether to continue plenary debates on the measure or not.

Suarez said that members of the minority believe that interpellations on the RH bill should continue.

“We think we should have a thorough discussion. Hindi naman ito bagay na puwedeng agad-agad ipasa. This is an issue of human rights,” he said. - BM, GMA News



  1. Ave Maria! Thanks God! Sana tuluyan na silang tumalikod sa panukalang batas na ito!


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