It was a day that will be remembered forever in the history of the Philippines as 113 congressmen in the House of Representatives voted for the passage of the Reproductive Health Bill in its second reading.
From a total 220 in attendance, three abstained and 104 voted against. Rep. Remulla, one of the co-authors of the bill, abstained and asked for the removal of his name in the roster of co-authors.
The nominal voting which concluded at about 2:00 AM, pushed the RH Bill one step closer to be passed. The House of Representatives will convene for third and final reading on Monday, December 17. On that same date the Senate will also convene for their second reading on the bill.
1. Most representatives from Muslim pre-dominated areas voted for RH Bill to be passed. This includes Cong. Bai Sandra Sema of Cotabato City and Maguindanao.
In ARMM, most officials both in executive and legislative supports RH Bill. In fact the autonomous region thru it’s legislative assembly passed Gender and Development Code. They are already working on RH Bill, ARMM version.
2. Peope’s champ Manny Pacquiao of Saranggani voted no, citing that his experience of a knock-out in Las Vegas made him realize the sanctity of life. He got a standing ovation… When he said that Jinkee, his wife, cried when he went down in the ring. Gah!
3. Congressmen Imelda Marcos (wife of dictator Marcos) and Mikee Arroyo (son of GMA) voted no as well saying that they are Carholics and that it is unacceptable for a lawmaker to do something that God does not want…. Like really??? I was thinking they both should tell their families to submit themselves to be jailed for the countless violations they have made to the laws of men and god. Ironic to the highest level!
4. I just cannot pinpoint but many many reps voted because of their affiliation to the Catholic Church. Hopefully they would realize by now that they are serving not the Catholic Church but their constituents. Hopefully they would remember that there is that constitutional provision of church and state separation.
5. Some reps also quoted the constitutional provision that no law shall be passed abridging the right to exercise freedom of religion. Like total, grave and exasperating misrep!
6. Lani Mercado and Lucy Torres, both showbiz personalities, voted no citing that using contraceptives had been bad for them. And that they do not want the same to happen to others. Like RH is all about contraceptives. Like pharmacological response to medication is the same for all women.
With that alone it already shows that there are several legislators who are voted into office who cannot even organize logical thoughts and who, with pressure from Catholic Church will bend and forget that not everyone’s Catholic.
Next year’s election will really be exciting given the recent developments. The Catholic Church is outraged and is conducting more masses than usual.
Yet again, this is just semi-finals. Championship yet to happen. Hopefully Senate will do good too for RH Bill, for the women, for health care….