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[In the news] Overwhelming case for the RH bill -INQUIRER.net

Overwhelming case for the RH bill.

By Kaka Bag-ao, Teddy Baguilat Walden Bello and Kimi Cojuangco
Philippine Daily Inquirer
October 13, 2012

To its critics, the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RH) bill is the devilish product of a foreign conspiracy. The principal plotters in this conspiracy are three: the United Nations, the goal of which is allegedly to legalize abortion; the United States, which seeks to control the populations of developing countries in line with the so-called Kissinger Doctrine; and “Big Pharma,” or the Western transnational firms that stand to make tremendous profits from the sale of contraceptives.

In this scenario painted by  anti-RH groups, the United Nations, United States and Big Pharma have somehow managed to bribe, intimidate or fool people like President Aquino, Senators Pia Cayetano and Miriam Santiago, Rep. Edcel Lagman and the over 100 authors of the RH bill in the House of Representatives to do their bidding.

How it has come about that some of the strongest critics of the United States and transnational corporations have been transmogrified into the latter’s stooges is unexplained, prompting some wags to liken the anti-RH plot line to that of the Hollywood film “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.”

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[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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[In the news] Senator wants probe on sexual harassment case vs 2 Azkals -GMA News

Senator wants probe on sexual harassment case vs 2 Azkals
GMA News
March 5, 2012

Senator Pia Cayetano on Monday called for an investigation on the sexual harassment accusation by former Philippine Olympic Committee president Cristy Ramos against two members of the popular Philippine Azkals football team.

“I call for the immediate investigation of this incident so this can be put to rest, not only because this is a serious allegation made by Match Commissioner Cristy Ramos, who is a sports official, but also because the Azkals are looked up to by the youth as modern-day heroes and role models,” she said.

Ramos, daughter of former President Fidel V. Ramos, has filed a sexual harassment complaint after she allegedly experienced “crude and totally shameful…sexist and demeaning behavior” from Lexton Moy and Angel Guirado just before the friendly match between the Philippines and Malaysia last week.

Ramos’ complaint was filed before the disciplinary committee of the Asian Football Confederation, but Cayetano said Philippine sports officials should conduct an independent probe on the incident.

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[In the news] Reproductive Health bill won’t allow abortion – Cayetano – www.philstar.com

Reproductive Health bill won’t allow abortion – Cayetano
By Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Pia Cayetano yesterday defended a provision in the Reproductive Health (RH) bill that some critics claimed would effectively legalize abortion in the country.

“The intent of the RH bill is to uphold the Constitution and in no way tolerate or allow abortion to come in through the back road or behind the scene,” said Cayetano, principal sponsor of Senate Bill 2865, or the proposed ‘National Reproductive Health Act of 2011.’

Cayetano was reacting to the issues raised by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III in pointing out provisions in the proposed law that would in a way approve abortion.

Enrile said over dzBB radio yesterday that he is ready to debate anew this week over the provisions of the bill, including those that he described as “deception” since RH bill is disguised as a health measure.

“I am tracing history where the laws started so that the public may know. What is baffling here is, I am wondering why the press – both print and media – are not reporting on these issues as they should, and in the same way as they report on anomalies (in government),” Enrile said. Enrile suggested the interest is not that much or there were attempts to control the release of information through the media to prevent a thorough discussion on the issues.

“You know this RH bill, in my impression, it’s a deception,” Enrile said.  –With Helen Flores

“They are projecting it as a health bill. If it’s a health bill, it should discuss sickness, and cure. What are the medicinal values of condom, IUV, and birth control pills? What are those injectibles, other than safe, legal, effective family planning products and supplies? If this is a health bill, why are these terminologies in this bill?” he asked.

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