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« Reply #20 on: August 08, 2012, 10:25:26 PM »
Bulok ni gobyerno labaw pang corrupt. Why not improve the medical and health services of the country? Are contraceptives the ultimate solution to the degrading health service of the country? I think no. It is the eradication of corruption = corruption in the government when it comes to finances and moral corruption of those who are elected.
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More questionable provisions in RH bill unearthed; religious mandate hit
« Reply #21 on: September 06, 2012, 01:34:19 PM »
More questionable provisions in RH bill unearthed; religious mandate hit

MANILA, Sept. 6, 2012–A bill purporting to provide Filipinos a “choice” actually leaves a number of sectors with no other choice but to bow down or else face imprisonment.

In Wednesday’s debates over the reproductive health (RH) bill, Sen. Ralph Recto bared that local governments, hospitals, religious institutions, and private schools would be forced to act against their consciences under the measure, all in the name of RH.

Under Senate Bill No. 2865, penalties for those who refuse to extend RH services include imprisonment of up to six months and a fine of up to P100,000.

Recto pointed out that more than 50% of local government funds are already spent on health. Another mandate on RH will add to the burden of local government units (LGUs) that have been saddled with mandates under the Local Government Code without funding support from the national government.

“Ano ba ang tingin ninyo pagdating sa LGU mandate? Kung ayaw sumunod ni Governor Vi?” asked Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, noting that Recto’s wife is the governor of Batangas.

“May kulong,” Recto answered. “[There are provisions], some of them written not so well, na kapag humingi sa ‘yo at ayaw mo bigyan, may kulong.”

“Ay matindi,” Sotto said.

“Sapilitan, kaya nga mandate. May pilitan eh, may kulong pa nga pag ‘di mo ginawa eh,” Recto said.

Recto said this extends to religious institutions such as private schools that will be required to teach sex education using materials crafted by government agencies.

“Di bale kung sa publiko. Ngunit ‘di dapat pilitin ang mga private schools lalo na kung Katoliko sila na ituro ito sa ganoong edad,” Recto pointed out.

Likewise, religious hospitals should not be forced to provide RH services against their consciences, he said.

Recto pointed to another conceptual problem of the bill – the provision on the “ideal family size” of only two children.

He asked: “Sino nagsabi noon na ang tama na ideal family size ay dalawa ang anak? Paano nila nalaman na iyon ang tama?”

Recto said two children will only replace their parents. The Philippines, meanwhile, has the advantage of average fertility at three children, which should bode well for the economy, he said.

“Sa 2015, sinasabi ng mga dalubhasa sa ekonomiya that we will be hitting a point in our population na mas maraming magtratrabaho kaysa sa mga bata na inaalagaan at mga seniors ,” he noted.

In Europe, the problem is a shrinking productive population, leading to problems in social security viability and immigration issues.

He also asked: “Bakit kaya ang titulo ng batas ay reproductive health? Hindi ba reproductive is to reproduce, hindi dapat magbawas ng fertility?”

In that case, half of the budget for the bill should be allotted to those who want to have children, he said.

Recto also warned that the RH bill would lead to higher Philhealth premiums to cover RH services under Philhealth, aside from forcing employers to provide free contraceptives to their workers. (Dominic Francisco)

Source: CBCP Website

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Existing laws, nat’l budget already cover ‘RH’
« Reply #22 on: September 06, 2012, 01:40:45 PM »
Existing laws, nat’l budget already cover ‘RH’

MANILA, Sept. 5, 2012–Here are the facts that the pro-RH lobby would rather obscure. Issues that will supposedly be addressed by the “reproductive health” (RH) bill are already covered by 23 laws and government regulations. Moreover, the 2012 budget already has P8 billion for RH programs.

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III delivered the last of a series of speeches against the RH bill Wednesday on the Senate floor, saying effective implementation of government health programs was needed instead of the proposed RH law. “Ang dahilan kung bakit hindi ipinasa ng mga nakaraang Kongreso ang panukalang batas na ito ay dahil nga wala namang pangangailangan para rito,” he said.

Questioning why P3.5 billion would be needed annually for the RH bill, Sotto pointed out that the 2012 General Appropriations Act already contains P7,876,314,212.00 in funding for RH programs, as follows:

1. Health Human Resource Development – P1,905,105,000.00;
2. Capability Building – P14,431,200.00;
3. Support Maternal, Newborn at Child Health at Nutrition (MNCHN) Grants – P167,000,000.00;
4. Health Facilities Enhancement Program to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of reducing maternal deaths – P5,078,000,000.00;
5. Women’s Health at Safe Motherhood Project II, for maternity or birthing clinics – P122,857,000.00;
6. Family Health and Responsible Parenting Leveraging Services, for family planning supplies, MNCHN Commodities – P300,000,000.00;
7. Commission on Population, Grants, subsidies and contributions for population programs – P148,389,000.00; coordination of population policy and programs – P220,252,000.00;
8. Family Health and Responsible Parenting, including seminars for birth spacing and responsible parenthood; reproduction of the Manual of Operation on Adolescent Health -P500,000.00; Family Health Guide – P35,000,000.00; Community Health Team (CHT) Organization, Training and Deployment Manual – P31,250,000.00; Community Health Team Guidebook (Helping Families Access Health Care); and
9. Health Promotion – P153,230,000.00.

Sotto also pointed to existing laws, administrative orders, presidential decrees and government programs addressing reproductive health:

1. R.A. 9710 or An Act Providing for Magna Carta for Women
2. Republic Act No. 9262 or Anti-Violence against Women and Children
3. Republic Act No. 8504 or Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998
4. AO 2008-0029 Implementing Health Reforms for Rapid Reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality
5. Children’s Health Program of the DOH
6. Family Planning Program of the DOH
7. Prevention and Management Control of Abortion and its Complications (PMAC)
8. PD No. 965 or A decree requiring applicant for marriage license to receive instructions on family planning and responsible parenthood
9. R.A. 7883 or the Barangay Health Workers Benefits and Incentives Acts of 1995
10. R.A. 7160 or The Local Government Code of the Philippines
11. AO No. 2010-0036–The Aquino Health Agenda: Achieving Universal Health Care for all Filipinos
12. Women’s Health and Safe Motherhood Project ng DOH
13. Republic Act No. 8504 or Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998
14. Republic Act No. 7875 o ang National Health Insurance Act of 1995
15. Republic Act No. 9502 o ang Cheaper Medicine Act
16. Executive Order No. 453 o Directing the Enrolment of 2.5 Million Indigent families pursuant to E.O 276
17. AO No. 2010-0010 o ang Revised Policy on Micro Nutrient Supplementation to Support Achievement of 2015 MDG Targets to Reduce Maternal Deaths and Address Micronutrient needs of other population groups
18. Botika ng Barangay Program of the DOH
19. PD No. 79 Revising the Population Act of Nineteen Hundred and Seventy One
20. PhilHealth Circulars and Policy Guidelines
21. CCT program of the DSWD
22. PD No. 79 Revising the Population Act of Nineteen Hundred and Seventy One
23. Administrative order No. 2012-0009 -National Strategy Towards Reducing Unmet Need for Modern Family Planning as a means to Achieving MDGs on Maternal Health

The lawmaker said the Health department should instead implement provisions of the Magna Carta of Women, which already provides for comprehensive health services and access to family planning.

“Sa dami ng binanggit kong mga batas at programa ng pamahalaan, makikita nating hindi ang kawalan ng batas ang problema sa reproductive health ng bansa. Marami po tayong mga batas na mas malawak, mas matatag, at mas detelyado kumpara sa RH bill. Samakatuwid, ang problema po rito ay hindi ang kawalan ng batas, kung hindi ang wasto, epektibo, at mabisang pagpapatupad ng mga batas na mayroon na tayo. Tungkulin po ito hindi na ng kongreso, kung hindi ng ehekutibong sangay ng ating pamahalaan,” Sotto said.

Sotto again criticized the proposal to list contraceptives as “essential medicines” when condoms and intrauterine devices do not cure diseases. He also zeroed in on the RH bill’s provision providing for care for post-abortion complications, saying this was incompatible with the measure’s supposed reiteration of abortion restrictions and is being inserted at the bidding of foreign pro-abortion groups.

“Kung susuriin ng higit na malapitan ang probisyong ito, maaaring makahikayat pa ito sa marami na magsagawa ng aborsyon sa kanilang sarili. Dahil nangako naman ang gobyernong pagkatapos nilang magsagawa ng aborsyon, gagamutin sila sa paraang makatao, walang pag-huhusga, at may malasakit na pamamaraan. Sana po ay maging mas maingat tayo sa ganitong probisyon dahil puwede po itong ituring na pagpayag na gawin ng kaliwang kamay ang hindi kayang gawin ng ating kanang kamay,” he said.

He added: “Hindi sa madumi ang isip ko, pero bakit kaya pinasukan ng probisyon sa aborsyon ang bill na ito? Hindi kaya may kinalaman po rito ang nabanggit ko sa Part II ng aking turno en contra na may mga international organizations na nagsusulong ng aborsyon sa ating bansa? Maari pong ang probisyong ito ay may kaugnayan sa isinulat ni Douglas Sylva, Ph.D. noong March 4, 2004 sa ipinahayag ni Secretary General Kofi Annan ng United Nations sa isa sa kanyang mga talumpati na ‘in countries where abortion is illegal, we must find ways how to skirt these ‘restrictive abortion laws?’”

The discussion became heated when RH sponsor Sen. Pia Cayetano questioned Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile’s interpellation. Enrile castigated Cayetano, saying that in all his years in the Senate, he was never questioned on his motives for interpellation or was on record as having delayed any bill.

Sen. Ralph Recto, for his part, warned that controlling the population could have serious consequences on the economy.

He also expressed concerns that RH bill provisions ensuring “universal access” and the creation of a new set of sexual and reproductive rights would allow minors access to contraceptives. (Dominic Francisco)

Source: http://cbcpforlife.com

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Enrile: Responsible lawmaking requires ‘dissecting’ controversial RH bill


MANILA, Sept. 6, 2012-Lawmakers have a responsibility to “dissect” a bill that will have an impact on generations to come, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said on Wednesday.

Enrile made the statement as he castigated the main sponsor of the “reproductive health” (RH) bill, Sen. Pia Cayetano, for attempting to cut him off from asking questions to Senate Majority Floor Leader Vicente Sotto III. Sotto had just finished a series of speeches against the measure, Senate Bill No. 2865.

“It is our duty as responsible people to dissect this bill, no matter how unpopular our position is, to determine whether the policy embedded in it is a right policy or a destructive policy for this nation. And no one can lecture to me about these things. I know my history. I’ve learned it by rote, it’s hard labor. And I resent being questioned about [and being asked to] state my purpose. Who are you to challenge my purpose? I tell you, I’m going to dissect it,” Enrile said.

It was the turn of the opposing side, led by Sotto, to argue against the bill after the sponsorship period of Cayetano. Under Senate rules, a senator has the right to interpellate or ask questions to a colleague who had taken the floor to deliver a speech.

Cayetano, however, wanted all questions directed to her, being the sponsor of the RH bill, despite the fact that Sotto was given the floor for his turno en contra. Cayetano wanted to cut the debates and accused her colleagues of derailing the bill, but Sotto said passage was difficult because the measure is controversial and divisive.

Enrile said no lawmaker had a monopoly of wisdom on what constitutes the national interest.

“I have been in this Senate for a long, long time already, and I have never been asked to state the purpose of my interpellation. And I think that if they will check my record in the Senate since 1987, when I was privileged to join the Senate until today, I never used any dilatory tactics or any manner of delaying the passage of any bill. And I think the record will show that every question I asked here had relevance to the issue at hand,” Enrile said.

“[W]ith due respect to the lady senator, I know that she is eager to pass this law. But I have my own notion of what the national interest is. Nobody has a monopoly of wisdom about the national interest. I do not claim that I am the only one who considers this country his country. And I have an interest to protect, my notion of what the future if this country will be.”

He added: “I hope that I will not be shackled. And I resent any implication that I am here to derail or obstruct the passage of this measure. I challenge anyone here to show e that I have ever delayed the passage of any measure here. Nobody can dictate to me, whoever you are.”

Enrile said he wanted to discuss the experiences of other countries whose population control programs have led to economic stagnation due to aging populations and shrinking workforces.

“[F]or instance, what is the experience of Russia? What is the experience of Italy? What is the experience of Spain? What is the experience of Poland? What is the experience of China, Korea, Japan and the rest of the world? Isn’t that a pertinent question here to be asked so that we will know the impact of this bill on the lives of the people of this country? My grandchildren and their [great]-grandchildren will be affected by this bill in the future. I have arrived as anyone else to protect them. I will not be here when the impact of this bill will happen. And neither the sponsor nor any one of us,” he said.

Sotto earlier bared RH lobbyists’ connections to foreign pro-abortion groups, claiming the bill would legitimize abortion by a provision on post-abortion care (Section 3, letter i of Senate Bill No. 2865). Moreover, RH programs are already covered by 23 laws and government regulations, with nearly P8 billion in funding this year.

These render the RH bill unnecessary, Sotto said. (Dominic Francisco)

Source: http://cbcpforlife.com

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« Reply #24 on: September 06, 2012, 01:49:34 PM »
or instance, what is the experience of Russia? What is the experience of Italy? What is the experience of Spain? What is the experience of Poland? What is the experience of China, Korea, Japan and the rest of the world? Isn’t that a pertinent question here to be asked so that we will know the impact of this bill on the lives of the people of this country? My grandchildren and their [great]-grandchildren will be affected by this bill in the future. I have arrived as anyone else to protect them. I will not be here when the impact of this bill will happen. And neither the sponsor nor any one of us,” he said.
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« Reply #25 on: September 06, 2012, 03:34:59 PM »
kana tingaling "I have arrived as anyone else to protect them" statement ni enrile ang "arrived" tingali ana "a right"; the statement will have more sense.  medyo sipyat ang nag-transcribe ani tingali and the writer and editor missed it.  a negligible human error if it were so, anyway.   just the same, i'm glad the anti-rh bill senators are now fighting well, sans sitcom drama and comedy.   
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