Sen. Tito Sotto: No need to legalize reproductive health services

( At the Senate deliberations on the DOH's proposed 2012 budget yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Tito Sotto, a staunch supporter of the anti-Reproductive Health Bill movement, said it was unnecessary to legalize reproductive health services because the measure is already under the Department of Health's (DOH) list of responsibilities, reports ABS-CBN News.


DOH's budget was increased from P731 million this year to P2.5 billion next year to include money for purchasing contraceptives-a provision of the bill. "Well, maliwanang naman ang sinabi ni (Health) Secretary (Enrique) Ona (Health Secretary Enrique Ona made it clear) 'with or without the bill they are doing it,'" Sotto said, as quoted by According to Sotto, the department has been doing well in implementing their projects. "We don’t need any other programs because you (Ona) are successful," he added.


Sotto believes the DOH is already doing what the RH Bill is proposing to legalize, thus making it unnecessary.  "The DOH is the best argument against RH Bill because they are practically doing everything that the RH Bill wants to do," he said. He also hinted that the Health department does not divide the country, referring to the longstanding debate between the pro- and anti-RH Bill supporters.


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