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Let’s get it on!

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Months after the initial “match” ended, we all know it warrants a rematch.

In the red corner, the Department of Health and several members of the incoming 15th congress.

In the blue corner, The Holy Catholic Church, with all of it’s branches and organizations and about millions of Catholics all over the Philippines.

Two years ago, Congressman Edcel Lagman of the 1st district of Albay authored the proposal of House Bill no 17.  It is commonly known as the Reproductive Health and Population Development Act of 2008 or RH bill for people who doesn’t like typing. The proposed bill will most likely cover all of these aspects

  • information and access to natural and modern family planning;
  • maternal, infant and child health and nutrition;
  • promotion of breast feeding;
  • prevention of abortion and management of post-abortion complications;
  • adolescent and youth health; prevention and management of reproductive tract infections, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases;
  • elimination of violence against women; counseling on sexuality and sexual and reproductive health;
  • treatment of breast and reproductive tract cancers;
  • male involvement and participation in reproductive health;
  • prevention and treatment of infertility; and
  • reproductive health education for the youth.

The Holy Catholic Church, in on their own right, fought the RH Bill with everything they’ve got. Their reasons are quite simple,  it is anti-life and it promotes promiscuity among teenagers.

So after months and months of jockeying and pushing for position, after all the punches have been thrown, the Holy Catholic Church managed to “abort” (pardon the pun) the proposal of Rep.Edcel Lagman in the 14th congress.

Now, with the opening of the 15th congress nearing, the RH Bill advocates and the Department of Health are eager for a rematch.

“I call for the acceleration of efforts that shall champion reproductive health,” DOH Secretary Enrique Ona said.

So who’ll take the rematch? Let’s see

The RH bill advocates are pretty confident about winning this time around. With the said backing of P-Noy (Which sounds pretty close to P-Nis.. just a thought) they are looking to push for a better fight this time. In the 14th congress, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was lukewarm on the said issue which became one of the few reasons why it never really had a chance to be passed. Well we all know if Tita Glow wants something to be passed, it will  be passed *ehem* con-ass *ehem

Anyway, the advocates of the bill are looking forward to see Noynoy put up a much better stance on it, hoping that it will give them a fighting chance in the 15th congress.

The Catholic Church on the other hand, well, let’s say they have the manpower and the influence advantage.

The main thing that they have over the advocates of the said bill is that most of our congressmen are catholics. Some are devoted to their faith which I respect but the sad thing about it is that, some of the representatives are not even thinking of passing it because of their virtues and beliefs but instead, they’re afraid that they’ll be losing the support of the millions of Catholics all over the Philippines. Add to it the pressure that the church that has been putting on all of lawmakers and there you go, an easy win.

The most crucial thing about this one will be President Aquino’s stand on the issue. If you would see back then, he was a supporter of the RH Bill, he then shied away from the issue because of a year old circus tour called the elections.

Now this decision will both make and break Mr Aquino to the masses, it depends on how you’ll look at it. If he supports the RH Bill, he’ll be the man with the balls of steel to some and a guy who turned away from his faith to others. If he doesn’t,  he’ll be known as a guy who championed life and the beliefs of the church to some and the guy who succumbed to the pressure of the church to others. It’s a tough predicament for P-Noy, considering his mother, the late president Cory Aquino was a devout catholic.

At the end of the day, let’s just hope that our president, the lawmakers and all the people involved here would be making the right decision. A right decision where in the common good shall be promoted, and will be of use to the Filipino people in the near future.

So let the battle begin, again.


Written by bassman500

July 22, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. whatever the outcome, let’s say it will change family life, sexuality and reproduction as never before in the country. i’m banking on the Church to push against the RH bill. and not let outside influences bring in the muti-billion dollar business of condoms, contraceptives into a country which has a constituency that is majority Catholic. that’s like keeping us hostage in our own country and asking us to fund the whole fiasco


    July 22, 2010 at 5:12 PM

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