[In the news] ‘Opponents of RH bill delaying amendments’ -PhilStar.com

‘Opponents of RH bill delaying amendments
By Jess Diaz, The Philippine Star
August 19, 2012

MANILA, PhilippinesAlbay Rep. Edcel Lagman yesterday accused lawmakers opposed to the Reproductive Health (RH) bill of delaying the process of introducing amendments to the measure.

Lagman, one of the bill’s principal authors, asked the House leadership to stop such delaying tactics.

“When the House voted to terminate floor debates on the measure, it was a decision to also start forthwith the period of amendments prior to voting on second and third final readings,” he said.

Lagman said those opposed to the proposed RH law are violating such mandate by delivering privilege speeches “to delay and derail the start of the period of amendments.”

“Why terminate the long-winding and repetitive interpellations only to temporize and hold hostage the legislation?” he asked.

The former minority leader appealed to House leaders “to foreclose the malevolent and dilatory filibustering and strictly enforce the rule on ‘questions of privilege’ because more than a right, this privilege to speak is subject to the permission of the presiding officer who shall determine whether the request is in order.”

Lagman invoked Section 101 of the Rules of the House, which provides that “questions of privilege are those affecting the duties, conducts, rights, privileges, dignity, integrity or reputation of the House or of its members, individually or collectively.”

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