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 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."





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.


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)


Ilocos Norte, 1st District

Ablan, Roque R.


Pangasinan, 2nd Disrict

Agbayani, Victor Aguedo


Isabela, 4th District

Aggabao, Giorgidi


Kalinga, Lone

Agyao, Manuel


Isabela, 1st District

Albano, Rodolfo


Camarines Sur, 4th District

Alfelor, Felix


Negros Occidental, 6th District

Alvarez, Genaro


Palawan, 1st District

Alvarez, Antonio


Agusan del Norte, 2nd District

Amante, Edelmiro


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


Sulu, 2nd District

Arbison, Munir


Pangasinan, 3rd District

Arenas, Ma. Rachel


Cavite, 2nd District

Bargaza, Elpidio


Lanao del Norte, 1st District

Belmonte, Vicente Jr.


Makati,2nd District

Binay, Abigail


Iloilo, 4th District

Biron, Ferjenel


Masbate, 1st District

Bravo, Narciso Jr.


Apayao, Lone

Bulut, Elias


Davao del Sur, 1st District

Cagas, Marc Douglas


Caloocan, 2nd District

Cajayon, Mary Mitzi


Pangasinan, 1st District

Celeste, Arthur


Zamboanga del Sur, 2nd District

Cerilles, Antonio


Laguna, 2nd District

Chipeco, Justin Marc


Ifugao, Lone District

Chungalao, Solomon


Pangasinan, 5th District

Cojuangco, Mark


Benguet, Lone

Dangwa, Samuel



Datumanong, Simeon


Batanes, Lone

Diasnes, Carlo Oliver


Zambales, 2nd District

Diaz, Antonio


Sharif Kabunsuan, Lone

Dilangalen, Didagen


Lanao del Norte, 2nd District

Dimaporo, Abdullah


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


La Union, 2nd District

Dumpit, Thomas


Isabela, 3rd District

Dy, Faustino


Dinagat Islands

Ecleo, Glenda


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


Negros Occidental, 4th District

Ferrer, Jeffrey


Surigao del Sur, 2nd District

Garay, Florencio


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


Sultan Kudarat, 2nd District

Go, Arnulfo


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


Sulu, 1st District

Jikiri, Yusop


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


Zamboanga del Norte, 2nd District

Labadlabad, Rosendo


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.


Albay, 1st District

Lagman, Edcel

The RH Bill's principal author and champion.

Tarlac, 3rd District

Lapus, Jesi


Albay, 3rd District

Lim, Reno


Cagayan, 3rd District

Mamba, Manuel


Sultan Kudarat, 1st District

Mangudadatu, Datu Pax


La Union, 1st District

Ortega, Victor


Nueva Vizcaya, Lone

Padilla, Carlos


Bulacan, 2nd District

Pancho, Pedro

Co-author but no public pronouncement.

Surigao del Sur, 1st District

Pichay, Philip


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


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


San jose, Del Monte, Lone district

Robes, Arturo


Pasay City, Lone District

Roxas, Jose Antonio

Co-author but had no public pronouncements.

Cebu, 4th District

Salimbangon, Benhur


Malabon-Navotas, Lone District

Sandoval, Alvin


Abra, Lone

Seares Luna, Cecilia


Bulacan, 3rd District

Silverio, Lorna

Co-author and actively involved on the issue

Ilocos Sur, 1st District

Singson, Ronald


Ilocos Sur, 2nd District

Singson, Eric


Sorsogon, 2nd District

Solis, Jose


Quezon, 3rd District

Suarez, Danilo


Iloilo, 2nd District

Syjuco, Judy


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


Negros Oriental, 3rd District

Teves, Pryde Henry


Iloilo, 5th District

Tupas, Niel

Co-author and visible in authors' meetings

Davao City, 3rd District

Ungab, Isidro


Isabela, 2nd District

Uy, Edwin


Western Samar, 1st District

Uy, Reynaldo


Cagayan de Oro City, 1st District

Uy, Rolando


Cagayan, 2nd District

Vargas, Florencio


Camarines Sur, 2nd District

Villafuerte, Luis


Tarlac, 2nd District

Yap, Jose


Zamboanga del Sur, 1st District

Yu, Victor


San Juan, Lone District

Zamora, Ronaldo


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.


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.


Lim, Alfredo

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


Aquino, Agapito

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


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.


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.


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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