By Joey Natividad
SORSOGON CITY (BicolToday.com/19-Dec-2012) – Senator Chiz Escudero voted Monday, December 17, “yes” to the sizzling Reproductive Health bill, during the Third Reading in Congress, explaining he wanted “each and every newborn Filipino to be a given fair and equal chance to uplift and improve their lives.”
The senator, explaining his “yes” vote, informed BicolToday.com late Monday night by email, “saying yes to the passing of the RH Bill does not make one corrupt or evil,” rejecting accusations from anti-RH advocates.
The RH Bill was passed on Third Reading, while many other Congressmen were absent during the voting session. Church delegates monitoring the session were reported aghast and frustrated after finding out that their strong opposition on the RH bill resulted in futility.
“Those who are at the opposite ends of the bill both have good intentions for the country and our people, it’s just that we differ in the way we want it happen,” he said.
Escudero, chair of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights, maintained his position that he does not condone pre-marital sex and abortion.
“As a father, I will work hard to ensure that I teach them the right values in life and with the RH Bill, to arm them with knowledge so they can ably decide for themselves,” the senator said.
“I vote yes to this measure because it is my firm belief that its benefits cut across demography, gender, and age.”
The senator said that after this deliberation, both sides that have been divided by the issue should accept the results and join hands in reconciliation, specifically mentioning the church and the government.
However, Church leaders have vowed that they will continue the fight, even using the pulpits, since the proposed Reproductive Health Law will end up at President Noynoy Aquino’s lap for his signing into law.
“President Aquino has the veto power to reject the proposed law, and we will work hard on this for him to use his veto power,” said an anti-RH advocate. The battle is far from over. [BicolToday.com]
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