Sen. Lito Lapid says he fears RH Bill debates due to his "poor English" and lack of education

GMA News Online reports that Senator Lito Lapid said he finds it difficult to join the Senate debates on the Reproductive Health (RH) bill due to his poor English. Aside from that, Lapid also said he had "inadequate education."

GMA News Online reports that Senator Lito Lapid said he finds it difficult to join the Senate debates on the Reproductive Health (RH) bill due to his poor English. Aside from that, Lapid also said he had "inadequate education."

Lapid, a stunt man-turned-actor-turned politician, pointed out, "These senators are also lawyers who spent 10 years in law school while I spent 10 years practicing my stunts." He also added, "Wala akong magagawa kung ipinanganak ako na mahirap, anak ng labandera, eh. Hindi ako nakapag-aral dahil sa kahirapan. Ewan ko ang ibang tao, baka nag-aral sila, baka naiinsulto pag ganon na hindi sila natapos. Eh ako, tinanggap ko talagang ganito. Anak lang ako ng labandera."

 

Lapid, a high school graduate, said he does express his concerns to the RH bill's staunchest supporters, Senators Pia Cayetano and Miriam Defensor-Santiago. Lapid disclosed, "Kung minsan nagtatanong naman ako nang pabulong sa kanila, eh. Yung mga gano'n gano'n. ’Sino ba ang magnenegosyo ng condoms, sinong bibili, ang gobyerno ba o hindi?’"

 

Both lady senators are moved by Lapid’s "bad English" dilemma.  Santiago said, "He’s a very, very humble man, I learned. He has never pretended to any facility with the English language, so that’s a perfectly valid point. And Pia and I have decided that if necessary, we’ll conduct the debates in Tagalog."

 

Then again, the GMA News Online report also revealed that Lapid has also committed shortcomings not only in speaking English but also in areas like attendance. Last January, Senate President Juan Ponce revealed that Lapid was marked absent for a month in 2010 due to undisclosed reasons.

 

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