[In the news] Quiet signing of RH law marks beginning of ‘reconciliation’ – Lagman -InterAksyon.com

Quiet signing of RH law marks beginning of ‘reconciliation’ – Lagman
By Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com
December 29, 2012

InterAksyon logo2MANILA, Philippines — The lack of fanfare with which President Benigno Aquino III signed the Reproductive Health law is Malacanang’s way of starting a reconciliation process to ensure the support of all sectors for the new statute, its principal author in the House of Representatives said Saturday.

“Unlike the rage and controversy which attended the congressional debates and approval of the measure, the bill was signed as Republic Act No. 10354 in the privacy of the President’s study room without the anticipated ceremony in order not to exacerbate the conflict with some Catholic bishops and start the reconciliation process to ensure widespread support in the implementation of the RH law,” Albay Representative Edcel Lagman said.

Aquino signed the law on December 21, a day after he received the enrolled measure.

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