[In the news] ‘Put RH bill to a vote now’ -PhilStar.com

‘Put RH bill to a vote now’
The Philippine Star
September 09, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – Stop the dilatory tactics and simply put the Reproductive Health (RH) bill to a vote.

This was the challenge issued yesterday by Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago to her colleagues in the Senate and House of Representatives to determine once and for all which side – the pro or the anti – has the numbers.

Santiago also came to the defense of Sen. Pia Cayetano, her co-author of the bill, who was taken to task by anti-RH bill advocates Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Majority Leader Vicente Sotto for complaining about the delays faced by the measure.

Santiago said what was happening in the Senate deliberations over the RH bill was clearly dilatory.

She cited the decision of Sotto to avail himself of the turno en contra or rebuttal after the period of interpellation.

Santiago said the only time the turno en contra is even availed of is during deliberations on the general appropriations bill.

“But because it is his right, I don’t want to object. But other people who are also on his side rose up to say I want to interpellate my colleague on the same side,’’ she said.

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