Women advocates hits delay on RH bill

November 26, 2011 12:59 am 

ILOILO CITY, Nov 25 – Women advocates in this southern city expressed disgust over what they described as the delaying tactics of some lawmakers in preventing the voting of the highly clamored reproductive health bill in both chambers of Congress.

Dr. Betty Polido, president of Family Planning Organization of the Philippines Iloilo Chapter, said the delay caused distress and ill health to women of reproductive health who were the main beneficiaries of the proposed law.

Polido said she joined the sentiments of Elizabeth Angsioco, national chairperson of the Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines (DSWP), for the advocates to show restraint tempered with reason.

Angsioco said that anti-RH lawmakers continued to employ delaying tactics against the bill. In last Tuesday’s session at the House, it clearly showed how legislators employed the delaying tactics.

When a quorum was present, they used privilege speeches, personal and collective privilege and interpellation on these to use up precious time, Angsioco said.

Meanwhile, as they were doing this, known anti-RH legislators were seen leaving the plenary hall. When the time to discuss the RH bill came, there was no longer a quorum, she said.

Polido said the women were aggressively pushing for actions to bring the message that advocates would no longer tolerate such tactics and would not stop until the RH bill is voted on. (PNA) RMA/AJP/LCPendon/vlo

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