Pro-RH Bill legislators call for bill’s passage in House plenary
24 Oras report
Yesterday, House representatives who support the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill pushed for the bill’s passage in the plenary, reports GMA News Online.
House Minority Floor Leader Edcel Lagman, representative of Albay, said the bill will "make every woman and child truly count." He said House Bill 4244 is "rights based, and central to the measure is freedom of informed choice... It is not a population control measure." He added that the bill "pre-empts Congress and the Supreme Court from legalizing abortion."
GMA News Online quoted Akbayan Rep. Kaka Bag-ao: "The debate is not about who’s pro-life or pro-choice. As members of the House of Representatives, as the voice of the people, the debate is about who’s willing to listen to the people and who wish to turn their backs on this truth: there is a consistent and overwhelming demand for reproductive health programs and services."
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According to GMA News Online, the plenary discussion on the RH Bill was stalled for two hours after some opponents of the measure questioned the quorum and delivered a privilege speech on a different issue.
Manila Rep. Amado Bagatsing obliged the secretary general to check the attendance of all 283 lawmakers, 203 of which were found present. He then asked to deliver a privilege speech on his supposed graft case that lasted for almost 30 minutes, according to GMA News Online.
When Bagatsing asked for more time to speak, Northern Samar Rep. Raul Daza proposed that the House representatives nominally vote on the former’s request, which will allow the legislators to explain their votes.
Iloilo Rep. Janette Garin, an RH Bill supporter, then said Daza was not allowed to suggest such because he was not wearing the proper attire as indicated by the rules of Congress. "Very obvious na hinaharang. Hindi naman natin sinasabing ipasa natin ito ngayon. (They are obviously delaying the process. We are not saying we should pass the bill today.) All we are asking for is for us legislators discuss it on the floor... The rule says (if you’re) not in proper attire, you are deemed absent."
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