Malacañang says Palace-drafted RH Bill no longer priority measure

Malacañang announced yesterday that they will no longer include the Responsible Parenthood Bill they drafted in the list of measures they will ask the Congress to prioritize this year, reports Inquirer.net. They will present 17 bills to the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council meeting on February 28.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda denied that the administration has given in to the Catholic Church’s anti-Reproductive Health Bill stand. "We are not pushing, we are not introducing the bill until after we finish the dialogue with the bishops," Inquirer.net quoted him as saying. A meeting between Malacañang officials and bishops is scheduled at the end of the month.

Lacierda said it is still possible for the RP bill to be sent to the Congress this year but President Noynoy Aquino might not certify it as urgent. "The President has maintained (he is for) the judicious use of the certification powers of the President. He limits himself only to the constitutional requirements of certifying a priority bill as urgent."

However, Aquino is still intent on coming up with an RH Bill, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. told ABS-CBN News.

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