Dec 122012
 

The Reproductive Health Bill that has been languishing in the House of Representatives for the last 15 years has finally been voted on! The vote came after the second reading and the Bill will now travel to the Senate. Naturally, we are thrilled. What was disturbing however, were the arguments that Representatives used in their opposition to the RH Bill. It would seem that they have not been listening for the past decade. It makes us wonder if their responsibility is really to the people of the Philippines. But don’t just take my word for it. Check out the quotes below and judge for yourself.

THE GOOD

“Let us have children by choice, not by chance.” – Rep. Edcel Lagman

“I cast my vote for reason against ignorance, free choice, empowerment of all Filipinos, to conquer poverty” – Rep. Walden Bello

“I am not against life, I am against ignorance. I vote yes to the RH Bill” – Rep. Aglipay

“I am a Catholic. The poor demand this national policy be adopted. I am mandated to listen to
our people.” – Rep. Biazon

“I’m a woman of means, then I lived with the poor & saw women suffering. I do this for the women.” – Rep. Kimi Cojuangco

“The state must be allowed to expand our freedoms to exercise our moral values. Let us show respect for one another.” – Rep. Imelda Dimaporo

“Who would not want better health service, improved health care for our population?” – Rep. Flores

“As a physician I am pro-life and totally against abortion. The bill for me is more acceptable for people’s welfare.” – Rep. Espina

“RH Bill is not about religion, population control. This is pure, simple, responsible legislation.” – Rep. Garin

“The Lord commands, ‘If you love me, you should love your fellow people.’ So I am for the RH Bill.” – Rep. Zeny Maranan

“We speak of the unborn but what about those who are born under these circumstances.” – Rep. Jose Zubiri

THE BAD

“I offer my vote (no) to the Lady of Immaculate Conception and the Lady of Guadalupe.” – Rep. Apacible

“I want my last vote to be a vote for my church. I’ve served for many years and no one asked for condom or IUD.” – Rep. Antonio Alvarez

“The State must not meddle with the church. This bill is population control.” – Rep. Antonino

“We should honor our parents. My parents told me to say no before they passed on.” – Rep. Gonzales

“Any law against natural law is against the law of God.” – Rep. Imelda Marcos

“A hungry stomach cannot swallow pills” – Rep. Pedro Romualdo

THE UGLY

“Communists are behind the RH Bill” – Rep. Alcover

“I wish that in my lifetime we will have enough Filipinos to Filipinize the whole world.” – Rep. Almario

“The recent natural calamities are a sign that the #RHBill is bad.” – Rep. Bagasina

“If we can respect Islam and give them special laws,can we not respect Catholicism and give it special laws?” – Rep. Crisologo

“When the RH Bill is passed, our country will become a modern Sodom and Gomorrah.” – Rep. Garcia

“There’s something terribly wrong when a bill denies the unborn life.” – Rep. Cutie del Mar

“We were all embryos before.” – Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez

“I want to see more OFWs.” – Rep. Almario

“I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord. Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary. Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost. I believe in the holy catholic church: the communion of saints. The forgiveness of sins. The resurrection of the body. And the life everlasting. Amen.” – Rep. Augusto Syjuco

Click here for a complete tally of the RH Bill voting.

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  • http://twitter.com/yopejjepi Jeffrey James Morata

    where’s the Apostle’s Creed?

    • http://twitter.com/ROHorg Roots of Health

      Thanks for that little gem Jeffrey! It’s in there now.  

      • http://twitter.com/yopejjepi Jeffrey James Morata

        No Problemo.. :D

  • filipino_mom

    “I offer my vote (no) to the Lady of Immaculate Conception and the Lady of Guadalupe.” – Rep. Apacible

    well, these ladies will spit in your eye for depriving women of their rights in their name.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeriel21 Jeriel Edwards

      i honestly think na kung buhay pa ang our lady of guadalupe, boboto din sya for the RHBill.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LQAXBTGCYUOLFN554LKPNYDRGM pao

    what about the OFW?

    • http://twitter.com/ROHorg Roots of Health

      Thanks! Added it :)

  • http://thesocietyofhonor.blogspot.com/ Joe America

    Boy, those uglies and bads prove the lack of reason in the House. Superstition, yes. Beief in fairy tales, yes. Lunacy, yes (The typhoon was a religious message??? Holey moley! Maybe God would be clearer and kinder if He sent an e-mail.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1623872282 Dwight Anthony Trinidad

    I’m so sad that I didn’t watch this live..

    • http://twitter.com/ROHorg Roots of Health

      So are we. Had to follow it all on Twitter. 

  • TeabagDeluxe

    I can’t remember which congressman claimed (in the same speech), that developed countries are experiencing economic slowdowns because of their older population but then says that we should have more OFWs to send back remittances. He’s too dumb to realize that when those countries’ economies go bad, our OFWs are affected too and in turn, our economy tumbles as well.

  • blainz

    When Otto von Bismarck made his quip comparing laws with sausages, I never thought the metaphor extended to food poisoning. The Bads make me sick, the Uglies make me retch. Disgusting servility to superstition, and incomprehensible inability to reason…

    Mikey Arroyo ought to be there with his “hindi ko po pwedeng isuko ang aking pagkaKATOLIKO”. I wish a security guard forced an IUD into his mouth.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/65LJEGPLFMFOHTS27O2DY24UMM Eph D.

       LOL. Asan na yong security guard? Dali!!! Bago mag third reading!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/W2O2MBYO2ZCOHY7YB6YSWICDNA Chard Bon

    “Oh the rich politicians are voting for RH Bill, this must be stopped! Let me kill these poor innocent people in mindanao by sending them a super typhoon because… because RH Bill is bad, f*ck logic” — God

    This is how I see Bagasina’s logic.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jamescongtenorio James Norman Tenorio

      LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

  • http://twitter.com/AkoSiJapmin Jasmine Tanaid

    Rep Anthony Golez votes no: Galit tayo sa kahirapan, di sa mahirap. Dapat di natin ipagbawal ang panganganak ng mahihirap dahil sa RHBill. — This one’s also insane. hahaha

  • http://twitter.com/AkoSiJapmin Jasmine Tanaid

    another one : Rep Orlando Fua votes no: “…in the future, we will have no more children to manage industries in 1st world countries.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742055388 Ludy Ojeda-Lecetivo

    “I want to see more OFWs” said Rep. Almario

    I am one of the OFWs in the UAE, well… if I’ll have the chance to meet Rep. Almario face to face, I’ll tell him to SHUT UP and F*CK HIMSELF. Subukan nya kayang mamuhay sa ibang bansa at kumayod lang ng kumayod para lang mabigyan ng maayos na buhay ang pamilya kasi mga walang matinong trabaho makuha sa Pinas at walang silbi ang mga pulitiko sa Pilipinas, mas marami ang nangungurakot kaysa gumawa ng paraan mapaunlad ang bansa. Nakakakulo ng dugo tong mga istupidong pulitiko na to! haaayst!

    • Jose Paolo Roque

      I don’t know if it works here pero pwede yata nating sulatan yung rep na yun? My dad has been an OFW for the last 20 years. Sa 20 years na yun, 2months per year lang namin sya kasama. Sure, we were able to afford a few niceties in life pero imagine the time lost. I’ve recently become a father and I can’t stand being away from my family for more than a few days. I can’t imagine how it would feel kung 10months pa.

      What Rep. Almario said was very fucked up. Nakakasuka. Nakakainsulto. Nakakaiyak. Kung ganun ang gusto nya, at tutal pabor naman siya sa RH Bill, mag anak kaya sya ng marami at mag OFW din? 

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742055388 Ludy Ojeda-Lecetivo

        yes, very true. when i read what he said, nainsulto ako, nagalit ako. I have 2 kids at itataya ko ang buhay ko wag lang nila maranasan magpakahirap sa ibang bansa to make ends meet. 

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/65LJEGPLFMFOHTS27O2DY24UMM Eph D.

         Yes, indeed. Why not deluge this stupid woman with outraged letters telling her to shut up. I am not an OFW myself but I am as appalled by her argument as you are.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ridiculously.guy Ridiculously Enraged Guy

    dafuq? MORE OFW’s? seriously, katulong lang ba talaga ang mga Filipino para mundo? 

  • http://www.facebook.com/ridiculously.guy Ridiculously Enraged Guy

    The State must not meddle with the church. This bill is population control.” – Rep. Antonino

    THE CHURCH MEDDLES WITH THE STATE. NON TAX PAYERS SHOULD HAVE NO SAYING IN THIS BILL

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1483911390 Cecile Joaquin Yasay

      I wish Rep. Antonino had a discussion first with his niece, Darlene, who was one of the original authors of the bill in the previous congress.  Then he would have made more sense.

    • Grace Dumalaog

      The RH Bill does result in the State meddling with the church. According to Article III (Bill of Rights) Section 5 of the Constitution: “No law shall be made respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination or preference, shall forever be allowed.” 

      However, (and this is only one example) according to the RH Bill, all schools (including Catholic ones) will be required to provide sex education classes to Grade V to 4th Year high school students that is in compliance with the curriculum set by the government. This curriculum will inevitably include contraceptive methods that the Catholic church does not believe in. This is one of the points from which Rep. Antonio’s statement is coming from. I hope this clears up his statement. 

      • http://thesocietyofhonor.blogspot.com/ Joe America

        Huh? Either the Church is the top rulemaker, or the State is. In our nation, the State is. The Church must abide by secular laws. That is not meddling. That is being civilized. Meddling would be if the State demanded the ouster of a priest because he used the term “ethnic cleansing” to describe law abiding, pro-RH people. You know, like the Church meddles in the State’s business by threatening those who vote the wrong way with excommunication or vengeful punishment. Or if the State demanded that no sermons be given that say women should be subservient to men.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vincentvalrigor Vincent Val Rigor

    watdafuq!!! more OFW? ikaw kaya dito sa aming kalagayan at kami dyan nagpapalaki ng tiyan at mangurakot

  • redkinoko

    The
    only real reason a congressman should ever have is that “my
    constituents will it”. His job is to be the crier that echoes the voice
    of the populace. It is not for him to judge what is best on everybody’s
    behalf. It is for him to listen to the voters that put him to office. He
    is not a leader. He is not a king. He is a representative.
     

    • lebabski

      i agree. That’s why they are called “representatives” in the first place! Vote according to your constituents, not according to your own personal beliefs that have nothing to do with the people in the first place

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472319543 Pierre Samson

        There is a reason why news websites say “[representative's name] voted [yes/no]” instead of “[district] voted [yes/no].”  But though the decision is ultimately theirs, our elected officials must still be the representative of their people and not only of themselves.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gintong-Lahi/1037724129 Gintong Lahi

      Representatives who do not follow the will of their constituents are REALLY FUCKING REPRESENTATHIEVES of the miserable constituents.  They are NOT ONLY UGLY.  They are DIRTY!  Simply DIRTY!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594193171 Vincent Steve Peralta

    No questions on the “Good”. But for the “Bad”, what the hell happened to separation of church and state? Never mind the “ugly” ones as I know there are a lot in congress but I have the numbers now. No wonder they call the gathering of group of baboons as such. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1193658100 Richie Manrique

    I’m a catholic and this is my opinion… Philippine Catholic Church is the most biggest contributor in Vantican when it comes to Asia..If they don’t want pills and condoms passed around then! they should take all the kids that sleeps under the highways and EATS in the garbages….. I think GOD don’t want us to bring a life to this world and not able to support and or feed thoses kids! To me MAS-KASALANAN SA DIYOS ANG MAG-ANAK TAPOS DI MO PAKAININ,DAMITAN AT BIGYAN NANG MATITIRAHAN ANG MAGANAK MO!!! to Rep. Pedro Romualdo did you even ask why is the  stomach hungry ??? Maybe they have 8-10-12 kids and the worst is both the parents don’t work of course the stomach will be hungry…and you are a Congressmen kaya hindi umasenso ang Pinas coz of REP. like you….

    • Zenaida Hegglin

      That is exachtly what i mean! kung kaya mo makainin ang maraming anak why not born as many as you can BUT wag ka lang pabigat ng lipunan !!! :(

      • Zenaida Hegglin

        That is exachtly what i mean! kung kaya mo pakainin ang maraming anak why not born as many as you can BUT wag ka lang pabigat ng lipunan !!! :(

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/W2O2MBYO2ZCOHY7YB6YSWICDNA Chard Bon

    Wow, these Antis have one thing in common – twisted logic and reasoning,
    instead of calling them “Representative of (insert partylist/district/province)”

    They should all be introduced as “Representative of the Catholic Church”, and should be kicked out of the house one by one after voicing their dumb reasoning.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Couttie/581601504 Bob Couttie

    The bad and the ugly are just clowns who disgrace the Philippines.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1036225443 Jennifer Dizon

     To The Bad and The Ugly, why don’t you just join the Catholic Women’s League, Legion of Mary, Knights of the Altar, Lectors/Commentators, church choir and other groups of the Catholic Church? SOBRANG DEVOUT CATHOLICS NYO PALA EH, YOU CAN BETTER SERVE YOUR CHURCH THAT WAY. Don’t meddle in politics anymore. YOU ARE NOT DESERVING TO BE CALLED STATESMEN OR STATESWOMEN. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Z3LJ4PJ4IM6O23K5CP36DIQYDU edward

    Watching the voting on RH last night I heard a few referred to the widening gap between the rich and the poor. There is certain truth in that idiom “Money begets money”. The natural course really is for it to multiply. Thus, the Affluent and their Children will not have to struggle while all the rest do, more so for those who have large families. To so many, too much kids surely weighs like an anchor. Certainly, there are those who can hurdle the challenge but they are a rarity. How do we narrow the gap?? I leave that to you to answer. Just don’t bullshit me above the need for more OFWs.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GD7ACZITGJXSBK3SAFEOJR26ZE Brendan

    Whaty was Syjuco tryinig to do, give the Nicene creed a bad name? Some of the arguments against beggar belief. No wonder the Phil is in the state it’s in with cretins like those in positions of responsibility.

  • babydoll

    I wanted to bash my head in when I heard some of the arguments. There were some anti-RH representatives (if you can call them that) who cited other laws similar to the RH Bill. Although I don’t agree with them that those laws are enough, I’d rather hear that type reasoning. At least yun, may legal na basehan at mukhang nag-research, hindi basta “no” kasi sabi ni Bishop ganito or ni Cardinal ganyan… There is no such thing as a Catholic vote… we’ve never practiced block voting EVER.

    Another thing that earned my ire was the “The RH Bill is not the answer/cure to poverty.” Alleviating poverty is secondary to the essence of the bill. We are fighting mostly for the woman’s right to choose how many children she wants to have and what form of family planning/birth control to use. It’s about access to good maternal and post-natal care that many Filipinas can’t afford. Susunod na lang ang pag-angat ng kabuhayan.

    • http://twitter.com/yopejjepi Jeffrey James Morata

      nice said.. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1483911390 Cecile Joaquin Yasay

    So glad we have social media where we can actually see the votes and comments from each of our legislators.  This is a very important step for making smarter choices in the next election.

  • http://twitter.com/CeejayLatosa Ceejay Latosa

    gusto ko rin yung kay Palatino. “Ang RH, pag binaligtad, HR– Human Rights.”

  • Elaine Elardo

    the bad and the ugly would’ve been funny if they weren’t so depressing… and this is why the pearl of the orient remains a third world country. oh, shoot me in the head please!!!! pretty please!!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QOI5DAFT3GDBLZOGMY6VN53ENU miker

     “I want to see more OFWs.” – Rep. Almario

    You gotta be fucking kidding me… as if being away from home to earn more for yourself and your family is a leisure and luxury… Hanep!..mag politiko na lang tayong lahat..mas may pera sa kurakot.

    Sure, say no to RH bill..then what? who’s gonna suffer in our over populated and corrupt nation? We need to empower education in our country and be realistic…not let our new generation tied up to arrogance.

    • 123Green456

       Haven’t you read Dr. Lorraine Day’s account on population control?  “In truth, the earth is not over-populated.  Every person in the world, all 6 billion of them, can fit into the State of Texas, with two to a house on a lot size 25 ft by 100 ft with enough land in the backyard to grow their own food.” 

      Texas land area:  262,015 sq. miles
      1 linear mile = 5,280 ft.
      1 sq. mile = 5280×5280=27,878,400 sq. ft. in one square mile
      27,878,400 sq. ft. in one sq. mile x 262,015 sq. miles in Texas = 7,304,608,976,000 sq. ft. in Texas
      1 city lot = 25′ x 100′ = 2,500 sq. ft.
      7,304,608,976,000 sq. ft. divided by 2,500 sq. ft. = 2,921,843,590
      2 in a family per lot would accommodate 5,843,687,180 people – almost 6 billion people
      There are approximately 5.8 billion people in the world.
      You could fit every family of 2 in a house on a city size lot in the State of Texas.
      0f course, this would not allow for streets, parks, or buildings other than houses, but it proves a point – the world is not over-populated.
      In addition, God said, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.” Genesis 1:28.

      As for the Filipinos, correct economic policy is the answer not RH Bill. Proper parental guidance is the key not… “open house”, etc. They said the New World 0rder is coming, believe it or not, and it is now known that one of their aims is to destroy the world’s families and the Catholic Church.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1276685561 Galine Pyro O’shea

        I just want to point out that when you talk about over population the issue is not about how many people can fit in a plot of land, its about how many can fit in a plot of land and still be able to sustain themselves. Sure we can fit in this planet with tons of space at our disposal but can it sustain us? With a growing population, there is growing demand. Basically more people=more mouths to feed and bodies to clothe, and more energy to make distribution possible. How in the world will humanity thrive when the Earth can no longer effectively sustain us? The primary source of energy(Oil=primary fuel,use of fuel=pollution) is depleting and so are our fresh water reserves. There is also an increase in agriculture, more forests are taken down(giving way for more land related natural calamities) for crop-able land, housing, and industry. And don’t forget about the pollution(where do you suppose we throw our trash?) caused by these increasing populations and the natural dangers such as calamities and health problems that come with it. There is a demand that a population has to sustain themselves, the demand should be directly proportional to the supply. The factors go on and on! Point is, we don’t need just land to place ourselves, we need a ready and adequate supply that would meet our demands to sustain ourselves without compromising our sources and ourselves in the process.

        • Zenaida Hegglin

          I agree 100% with you ! :)

  • 123Green456

    It is very tragic that both the House and Senate have approved RH Bill on the third and final reading. Sotto is correct that it’s about money not women’s health. World Bank must be happy now . These people who voted for the Bill should know that God, our Creator, will not forget their names.

    • http://thesocietyofhonor.blogspot.com/ Joe America

      And he is one damn vengeful God, you are telling us? He should have inspired His priests to offer up more knowledge and less intimidating thuggery and emotional threats.You know, kinda like your note. Emotional distortions . . . 

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marife-Loquinario/100000301216338 Marife Loquinario

        well, the problem really with some faith and religion..always scaring us with the fires of hell. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000235893486 Jose Buencamino

    The “Good”
    -“I am for the youth, and all of the youth are for the RH bill.” As this was said, numerous students from UA&P, UST, and UP stood in protest of his claim. Thus, your argument is invalid.
    -“I am not for the bill, but my constituents are for it, so God forgive me.” If your constituents were for the legalization of homicide, would you still allow it?

    My point is that this article is invalid. A “mortal sin” of journalists is to omit information in order to contort the judgement of their audience. The Truth is that both those in favor and those who oppose have presented complete arguments, and what you did here is to butcher them up and make those in favor are sympathetic whilst those who oppose do not have the capacity to think properly.

    Merely being sincere about the welfare of your people does not justify the means.
    Hitler was sincere.