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Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago to Church: stop opposing RH bill; Heart Evangelista attends Senate hearing for support
Published on: Aug 2, 2011 - 7:28am

( In her co-authorship speech yesterday, August 1, opening the Senate plenary debates on the Reproductive Health Bill, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago appealed to the Church to focus on more pertinent issues like poverty and corruption, instead of involving themselves with the controversial legislation, reports GMA News.


According to the senator, the Catholic Church is the only major religion in the country against the RH Bill and that the Philippines is one of six out of 48 largely Catholic countries that still does not have an RH law. Defensor-Santiago argued that the bill would help alleviate injustice. "The first step in abolishing injustice is to recognize how much the Church itself is tied to the unjust system that oppresses the very poor. RH is available to the rich, why should it not be made available to the very poor?" she said. In an ABS-CBN report, Defensor-Santiago suggested for the Church to stop meddling in matters of reproductive health and to just allow parents to listen to their conscience.


While the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) agreed that conscience is important, the CBCP noted that her statements were lacking. “Tama ang sinabi ng senadora na ang konsensya ang dapat sundin. Pero hindi niya alam na obligasyon ng simbahan na turuan ang tao na magkaroon ng tamang konsensya (The senator is right in saying that the conscience should be followed. But she does not know that it is the Church's obligation to teach people proper conscience),” said CBCP Public Affairs Director Fr. Deogracias Yniguez. Sen. President Juan Ponce Enrile echoed this sentiment: For him, proper conscience is to use family planning methods approved by the Church.


Supporting Defensor-Santiago as she delivered her speech was actress Heart Evangelista, who attended the plenary. Evangelista was maid-of-honor at the senator’s 50th wedding anniversary.


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GMA News' coverage on the Senate plenary

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  • rh supporter
    anti-rh2 is correct. No life is formed if contraceptives are used. The fact that the sperm and egg did not meet, no life was formed. I very strongly agree that it is more criminal to bring children into this world if the parents cannot provide quality life for them. If the church can take in, provide decent shelter and feed all these starving Filipinos, then maybe then, they have a right to meddle. But until then, the church should not intervene.
    Aug 04 2011 @ 03:23pm     Reply  
  • @anti-rh2
    mr/ms/it anti-rh....rnrnpumatay ng buhay??? get your logic and fact straight... diba... having 10 kids and not having a stable and/or decent work to support those 10 kids is something worst that killing??? that is slow and cruel punishment. rnrn@cbcp... diba tamang paggamit ng consencya yung pagplano ng pamilya at kung pano sila bubuhayin at provide for their needs.... if you are earning not even 1000 month... and you got 10 kids.... tamang paggamit ba yung consencya?? di mo naisip kung pano mo pagaaralin at papakain yung 10 anak mo??rnrnmaybe im just an idiot... can you please enlighten with you point as why the RH bill is so evil?!? because i dont see the logic... and the intelligence in your logic about this matter.
    Aug 03 2011 @ 09:18pm     Reply  
  • angel
    bakit close si miriam at heart?
    Aug 03 2011 @ 09:38am     Reply  
  • @anti-rh
    Kung mi Choice ako gusto kong gawing fertilizer ang mahigit sa 70 milyones na MASANG TANGA, na ini-exploit ng CBCP at mga bulok na trapong pulitiko sa bansa! Hindi mo ba alam na mi SYMBIOTIC RELATIONS ang CBCP, MASANG TANGA, at BULOK na mga PULITIKO? Magising ka na OY!
    Aug 02 2011 @ 03:47pm     Reply  
  • progressive
    @ anti, At kailan naman pumatay ng buhay ang paggamit ng condom, aber? Ang mga taong ito basta lang makapag kontra.
    Aug 02 2011 @ 03:45pm     Reply  
  • anti-rh
    tama magresearch ka para malaman mo kung paano ka pumapatay ng buhay, dahil nga, may choice ka naman.
    Aug 02 2011 @ 02:53pm     Reply  
  • open-minded
    proper conscience? what is more proper than passing the bill? its for the benefit of our poor people. its very sad that the church are still blinded by their pride and close-mindedness. they obviously do not see the situation around them. they still live in an ideal fantasy world. i hope someday they will wake up.
    Aug 02 2011 @ 02:50pm     Reply  
  • miriam fan
    Spot, bakit pa kailangan bangitin si heart evangelista? ano ba ang value niya other than making the audience look pretty?
    Aug 02 2011 @ 02:27pm     Reply  
  • rh bill now
    A speech that makes sense based on well-researched items. I can't wait for the upcoming 2 speeches. Go RH now!
    Aug 02 2011 @ 09:34am     Reply  
  • bibbo
    Magandang pangenganyo for oral contraceptives: "Gaganda ang kutis nyo like Heart". Or something like that. :-)
    Aug 02 2011 @ 09:27am     Reply  
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