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RH group to junk bishops’ poll bets
By Macon Ramos-Araneta
July 28, 2012

A women’s group on Friday told the country’s bishops it will reject their political candidates who are opposed to the passage into law of the Reproductive Health bill.

“The bishops will make our work easier,” said Elizabeth Angsioco, president of the Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines.

“Inclusion in their list is a guarantee that a candidate is anti-RH.”

DSWP is a national federation of 264 community women’s organizations with 40,000 members. Angsioco said to be against the RH bill was to be anti-women and anti-poor.

“With the bishops’ list, we will no longer need to do further research on included candidates,” Angsioco said.

“We will simply campaign against them and not vote for them.”

Angsioco made her statement even as the leaders in the House of Representatives scheduled on Aug. 7 the voting on the RH bill to decide whether or not it will pass.

In a statement on Thursday, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said that on that date, the House members would vote to decide whether to end or extend the period for debating the bill.

“If the vote is in favor of terminating the debates, then the period of amendments follow and put to a vote for passage on second reading,” Belmonte said.

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