Aquino cites government’s constitutional mandate on family

December 5, 2010 7:14 am 

GERONA, Tarlac, Dec. 3 — President Benigno S. Aquino III on Friday said the government is mandated to push for responsible parenthood, protect the family, ensure that all children get the proper education and health care and the total well-being of the Filipino.

The President was reacting to reports that some members of Congress would file impeachment charges against him should he continue pushing for the Reproductive Health Bill.

The RH bill has to be approved by Congress before it reaches the Senate and “I don’t recall that pushing for responsible parenthood is an impeachable offense,” the President said in an interview after awarding the volunteer electric cooperatives that restored electric power in Northern Luzon provinces that were badly hit by storm Juan last October.

He said that as it is, 40 percent of Filipinos could not even avail of the services of healthcare professionals with the current large population.

“The government is tasked to provide solutions to health care, education and other problems besetting the country,” he added. (PNA)

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