Aquino to sign RH Bill before year ends

December 23, 2012 1:10 am 

MANILA, Dec. 22 — President Benigno S. Aquino III will sign the Reproductive Health Bill into law before the year ends, a Palace official said Saturday.

“Before the end of the year ‘yan (RH Bill) naman ang pipirmahan,” Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a radio interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

The Senate approved Monday night the reproductive health bill with a 13-8 vote.

Before Monday’s vote, the bill had languished in Congress for 13 years. The Senate’s approval paves the way for the measure to become a law.

The House of Representatives also approved on third reading recently the bill that President Aquino had certified as urgent.

Proponents to the bill said the legislation would provide women the choice to determine the number of their children, give teenagers protection from unplanned pregnancies and educate citizens about sexual health.

Valte also mentioned the signing of the Anti-Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance Act of 2012 by the President. The law provides for the responsibility of both private and public individuals to report incidents of enforced disappearances.

Reacting to the comment made by Human Rights Watch saying the President should show political will to enforce the law, Valte said, it’s the duty of the President to carry out the law for the benefit of the country and the people.

“Ang mandato ng Pangulo ay ipatupad ang ating mga batas, at sigurong makikita naman natin doon sa mga nakaraang araw, nakaraang linggo… ipinakita ng Pangulo na namumuno talaga siya.”

For instance, Valte said the 2013 national budget was passed three times straight in a row.

The Sin Tax Law, considered a landmark legislation, was passed under the watch of the President, she said.

“And also ang matagal na hotly contested and acrimonious Responsible Parenthood Bill ay naipasa rin naman sa ilalim ng pamumuno ng Pangulong Aquino,” she said. (PNA)



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