Palace welcomes House acceptance on RH substitute bill

November 27, 2012 11:33 pm 

By Lilybeth G. Ison

MANILA, Nov. 27 — Malacanang Tuesday welcomed that the Reproductive Health Bill is now "moving" at the House of Representatives with the substitute bill accepted as basis for the next process in tackling the controversial measure.

"At least, it’s a good development," said Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte in a press briefing.

On Monday, House Majority Leader and Mandaluyong City Rep. Neptali Gonzales II managed to get majority of lawmakers accept the substitute bill for the RH, which would be the basis for individual amendments.

"It’s an amendment by substitution. We are still in the period of amendments. What we did was just to facilitate the movement of the RH bill," he explained.

"We’ve always said that at one point or another, whichever way the vote will go, at least meron pong definitive na 'yes' or 'no' na po talaga. And at least nagpo-progress na po sila when it comes to tackling the Responsible Parenthood Bill," said Valte.

If the Lower Chamber sustains the quorum in the next 11 days of session, the proposed measure will go into individual amendments and then voting for second and third reading.

Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad earlier said the position taken by legislators or any candidate on the RH Bill should be respected by everybody including the Catholic church.

"If the position taken by any politician, any candidate is based on his own appreciation of his conscience, I think that has to be respected by anybody including the Church," he said. (PNA)



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