List of Pro-RH Bill Candidates Released by Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines

Elizabeth Angsioco,  National Chairperson of the  Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines (DSWP), sent Spot.ph a list compiled by her organization of 2010 candidates with "observable favorable positioning on the Reproductive Health (RH) issue."

The DSWP paper  explains: "The listing is largely based on the years of advocacy for the passage of the RH Bill and specifically: the political mapping in the House of Representatives (HOR) done by advocates principally by the Philippine Legislators Committee on Population and Development Foundation, Inc. (PLCPD), observations and direct dealings with candidates and/or people closely working with them, track record of candidates on the issue and lastly, their public pronouncements.

This listing is by no means intended to be exhaustive particularly for the HOR where party list groups are not included. Also, only considered are incumbents whose position have been obvious or stated whether in Congress records, articulation and/or actions. Only a few local candidates who have strong RH track record are included primarily because of lack of information about other candidates.

This list is NOT intended to convince voters to only vote on the basis of candidates' RH position but rather, to encourage people to significantly consider pro-RH candidates in choosing their bets. Lastly, the list should be taken within the context of a political/electoral environment perceived to be influenced by the Catholic Church hierarchy, and thus, some candidates' positions may still change before the elections."

Position

Names

Remarks

President

Aquino, Noynoy

 · Prior to becoming a presidential candidate, he had no articulated position.

 · NOT a signatory to the Senate Committee Report on RH BUT mistakenly said that he was. Initially, was openly clashing against the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on the issue.

 · Keen on providing RH information BUT at best, wary about providing budget for services

 · Recent pronouncements on RH are vague.

Estrada, Joseph

 · Pro-family planning but unclear on other important RH-related matters

Gordon, Richard

 · Known as pro-RH but has not CLEARLY articulated his detailed position on key RH matters such as: budget, family planning, RH education

Perlas, Nicanor

 · Articulated support for RH BUT no concrete position on critical RH matters.

Teodoro, Gilbert

 · Initially a strong RH supporter and openly clashed against the CBCP. Wife, Rep. Nikki Prieto among co-authors of RH Bill in this Congress.

 · Reported to have backed out from RH but recent pronouncements while softer and vaguer than before are still pro-RH.

 · Nikki Prieto HAS NOT officially withdrawn her RH co-authorship of the Bill.

Vice-President

Legarda, Loren

 · Senate RH Bill only moved significantly when she took over as Chair of Comm. On Health. She organized Sub-Comm on RH headed by RH author Sen. Biazon. She signed Comm. Report.

 · NO direct articulation of RH support.

 · Authored a dangerous bill - SB No. 2324 that provides MANDATORY PREGNANCY TESTING for women undergoing cosmetic procedure. This Bill is deemed by women's groups as violative of women's right to privacy.

Roxas, Mar

 · Those who know him say he is pro-RH but so far, has not articulated any clear position.

Yasay Perfecto

 · His wife has been visible in a few RH-related affairs and has said that Yasay is also pro-RH. However, the candidate has yet to issue a position in public forums.

For Senator

Acosta, Neric

 · Has been consistently and strongly pro-RH through his 3 terms as Representative.

 · Principally authored RH Bills in House of Representatives (HOR)

Biazon, Ruffy

 · RH Bill co-author

 · Has been publicly vocal about his position.

Cayetano, Pia

 · Chaired the Senate Comm. On Health and was the first to make the RH Bill move by calling for Committee Hearings.

 · Has issued pro-RH statements in public forums and media.

Estrada, Jinggoy

 · Principally authored RH-related bill in Senate

 · Signed the Senate Comm. On Health RH Report

Hontiveros, Risa

 · RH Bill co-author

 · Has been visible in pro-RH activities & issued statements on her position.

Marcos, Bongbong

 · RH Bill co-author

 · Known to the RH advocates as pro-RH but is not known to have issued any public statement

Maza, Liza

 · RH Bill co-author

 · Has been visible in pro-RH activities & issued statements on her position

Santiago, Miriam

 · Principally authored RH-related bill in Senate

 · Signed the Comm. On Health Report

 · Issued strong pro-RH statements in media interviews

 · Responsible for the progressive framework provisions of the Senate version of the Magna Carta of women (MCW)

For HOR

Ilocos Norte, 1st District

Ablan, Roque R.

Co-author

Pangasinan, 2nd Disrict

Agbayani, Victor Aguedo

Co-author

Isabela, 4th District

Aggabao, Giorgidi

Co-author

Kalinga, Lone

Agyao, Manuel

-do-

Isabela, 1st District

Albano, Rodolfo

-do-

Camarines Sur, 4th District

Alfelor, Felix

-do-

Negros Occidental, 6th District

Alvarez, Genaro

-do-

Palawan, 1st District

Alvarez, Antonio

-do-

Agusan del Norte, 2nd District

Amante, Edelmiro

-do-

Aurora, Lone District

Angara, Juan Edgardo

RH Bill co-author but has not issued public statement on the issue.

Agusan del Norte, 1st District

Aquino, Jose II

Co-author

Sulu, 2nd District

Arbison, Munir

Co-author

Pangasinan, 3rd District

Arenas, Ma. Rachel

-do-

Cavite, 2nd District

Bargaza, Elpidio

-do-

Lanao del Norte, 1st District

Belmonte, Vicente Jr.

-do-

Makati,2nd District

Binay, Abigail

-do-

Iloilo, 4th District

Biron, Ferjenel

-do-

Masbate, 1st District

Bravo, Narciso Jr.

-do-

Apayao, Lone

Bulut, Elias

-do-

Davao del Sur, 1st District

Cagas, Marc Douglas

-do-

Caloocan, 2nd District

Cajayon, Mary Mitzi

-do-

Pangasinan, 1st District

Celeste, Arthur

-do-

Zamboanga del Sur, 2nd District

Cerilles, Antonio

-do-

Laguna, 2nd District

Chipeco, Justin Marc

-do-

Ifugao, Lone District

Chungalao, Solomon

-do-

Pangasinan, 5th District

Cojuangco, Mark

-do-

Benguet, Lone

Dangwa, Samuel

-do-

Maguindanao

Datumanong, Simeon

-do-

Batanes, Lone

Diasnes, Carlo Oliver

-do-

Zambales, 2nd District

Diaz, Antonio

-do-

Sharif Kabunsuan, Lone

Dilangalen, Didagen

-do-

Lanao del Norte, 2nd District

Dimaporo, Abdullah

-do-

Baguio City

Domogan, Mauricio

Co-author and actively involved in the Bill's promotion. Has publicly articulated his position.

Rizal, 1st District

Duavit, Michael John

Co-author and helped in the Bill's promotion in the HOR.

Lanao del Sur, 1st District

Dumarpa, Faysah

Co-author

La Union, 2nd District

Dumpit, Thomas

-do-

Isabela, 3rd District

Dy, Faustino

-do-

Dinagat Islands

Ecleo, Glenda

-do-

Sorsogon, 1st District

Escudero, Salvador

Co-author and has been involved in defending the RH Bill on the HOR floor. Also active in authors' meetings.

Pangasinan, 6th District

Estrella, Robert Raymund

Co-author

Negros Occidental, 4th District

Ferrer, Jeffrey

-do-

Surigao del Sur, 2nd District

Garay, Florencio

-do-

Iloilo, 1st District

Garin, Janette

One of the main champions in the HOR and has been publicly promoting and defending the Bill.

Valenzuela, 1st District

Gatchalian, Rexlon

Co-author

Sultan Kudarat, 2nd District

Go, Arnulfo

-do-

Iloilo City, Lone District

Gonzales, Raul

Co-author and actively participated in authors' meetings on the Bill.

Mandaluyong, Lone District

Gonzales, Neptali

Co-author and went against Rep. Susano when she was objecting to discussion in the Plenary.

Tawi-Tawi, Lone

Jaafar, Nur

Co-author

Sulu, 1st District

Jikiri, Yusop

-do-

Nueva Ecija, 1st District

Joson, Josephine

Former Chair of HOR's Committee on Women and championed several pro-women laws. Also played critical role for the RH Bill when she was in HOR. Again running for an HOR seat after resting for I term.

Masbate, 2nd District

Kho, Antonio

Co-author

Zamboanga del Norte, 2nd District

Labadlabad, Rosendo

-do-

Negros Occidental, 3rd District

Lacson, Jose Carlos

Co-author and very visible in authors' and other strategizing meetings for RH.

Davao del Norte, 2nd District

Lagdameo, Antonio Jr.

Co-author

Albay, 1st District

Lagman, Edcel

The RH Bill's principal author and champion.

Tarlac, 3rd District

Lapus, Jesi

Co-author

Albay, 3rd District

Lim, Reno

Co-author

Cagayan, 3rd District

Mamba, Manuel

Co-author

Sultan Kudarat, 1st District

Mangudadatu, Datu Pax

-do-

La Union, 1st District

Ortega, Victor

-do-

Nueva Vizcaya, Lone

Padilla, Carlos

-do-

Bulacan, 2nd District

Pancho, Pedro

Co-author but no public pronouncement.

Surigao del Sur, 1st District

Pichay, Philip

-do-

South Cotabato, 2nd District

Pingoy, Arthur

Led the Bill's passage at the Committee on Health where he was Chair.

North Cotabato, 2nd District

Pinol, Bernardo

Co-author

Tarlac, 1st District

Prieto-Teodoro, Monica Louise

Co-author and actively involved in authors' meetings. Contrary to reports, she has not withdrawn authorship of Bill.

Cavite, 3rd District

Remulla, Jesus Crispin

Co-author

San jose, Del Monte, Lone district

Robes, Arturo

-do-

Pasay City, Lone District

Roxas, Jose Antonio

Co-author but had no public pronouncements.

Cebu, 4th District

Salimbangon, Benhur

Co-author

Malabon-Navotas, Lone District

Sandoval, Alvin

Co-author

Abra, Lone

Seares Luna, Cecilia

-do-

Bulacan, 3rd District

Silverio, Lorna

Co-author and actively involved on the issue

Ilocos Sur, 1st District

Singson, Ronald

Co-author

Ilocos Sur, 2nd District

Singson, Eric

-do-

Sorsogon, 2nd District

Solis, Jose

-do-

Quezon, 3rd District

Suarez, Danilo

-do-

Iloilo, 2nd District

Syjuco, Judy

-do-

North Cotabato, 1st District

Talino-Mendoza, Emmylou

Co-author and has been very visible in several pro-RH activities including authors meetings. Public articulation has been consistently pro-RH.

Marikina, 1st District

Teodoro, Marcelino

Co-author

Negros Oriental, 3rd District

Teves, Pryde Henry

-do-

Iloilo, 5th District

Tupas, Niel

Co-author and visible in authors' meetings

Davao City, 3rd District

Ungab, Isidro

Co-author

Isabela, 2nd District

Uy, Edwin

-do-

Western Samar, 1st District

Uy, Reynaldo

-do-

Cagayan de Oro City, 1st District

Uy, Rolando

-do-

Cagayan, 2nd District

Vargas, Florencio

-do-

Camarines Sur, 2nd District

Villafuerte, Luis

-do-

Tarlac, 2nd District

Yap, Jose

-do-

Zamboanga del Sur, 1st District

Yu, Victor

-do-

San Juan, Lone District

Zamora, Ronaldo

-do-

Bukidnon, 3rd District

Zubiri, Jose Ma.

Co-author and actively involved in authors' and other strategizing meetings. Also active in advocating with his co-HOR members.

SELECT LOCAL CANDIDATES

For Mayor

Quezon City

Bautista, Herbert

Played a critical role in the passage of the QC RH Code.

Defensor, Mike

Said that he is for RH in ANC debate.

Manila

Lim, Alfredo

DID NOT REVOKE Atienza's anti RH EO 003 BUT 'allowed' NGOs to work and provide RH services in Manila

Makati

Aquino, Agapito

Clearly said that he favors providing public funds for artificial contraceptives.

Cebu

Soon-Ruiz, Nerissa

Co-author and one of the leading HOR champions of the RH Bill

Davao City

Duterte, Sara

Very visible in RH activities and played a leading and critical role in the recent passage of the City's RH Code version.

General Santos City

Custodio-Antonino, Darlene

Co-author and one of the strongest champicxzons of the RH Bill at the HOR.

Tabaco City, Albay

Lagman-Luistro, Krisel

For reelection. Championed RH Bill when she was in HOR and has implemented RH programs in her city.

Cavite, Rosario

Ricafrente, Nonong

For reelection. Has been supportive of RH and implemented various important RH programs especially for those in poverty.

FOR GOVERNOR

Aurora Province

Angara-Castillo, Bellaflor

For reelection. Championed RH Bill when she was in HOR. She led the passage of the very first local RH Code in the country. Known as an RH champion nationally and internationally.


Albay

Salceda, Joey

For reelection. Has been openly and publicly articulating his pro-RH position defying GMA's anti-RH line even as he is known to be her ally.


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