Magsaysay calls temporary setback SC’s stay order on RH law

March 19, 2013 11:38 pm 

BUTUAN City, March 19 — Liberal Party senatorial candidate Ramon Magsaysay Jr. said Tuesday the status quo ante order issued by the Supreme Court against the implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 is a temporary setback.

He said he believed the government and the law’s proponents could defend the constitutionality of the law.

“The decision of the High Court is unfortunate. We trust the Executive department and the legislators who pushed for its passage will defend the constitutionality of the law,” said Magsaysay, who joined fellow Team PNoy candidates in a campaign sortie here.

Voting 10-5 Tuesday, the SC issued a status quo ante order for 120 days or four months, effectively delaying the law’s implementation.

The justices who voted for the order were Presbitero Velasco Jr., Teresita de Castro, Arturo Brion, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Roberto Abad, Martin Villarama Jr., Jose Perez, Jose Mendoza, and Bienvenido Reyes.

Those who voted against the order were Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno, Antonio Carpio, Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Mariano Del Castillo, and Marvic Leonen.

“We need a law for certain. The RH Law is simply to give options to the family,” he said, adding that full implementation of the law would have reduced maternal deaths and improved the overall reproductive health of women.

Meanwhile, former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros, also running for senator under Team PNoy, deeply mourned the status quo ante order, calling it an extraordinary assault against Filipino women and mothers.

“I am shocked. We have just signed the IRR of the law, and we were eagerly expecting the implementation of the law on Easter Sunday,” said Hontiveros.

She urged the pro-RH majority to sustain the fight.

“The filing of the anti-RH petitions means that we cannot fold our banners yet. Not a single provision of the RH law should be conceded in the name of irresponsible sectarianism,” Hontiveros said.

“A status quo ante order upholds a status quo marked with maternal deaths, desperation, and hopelessness for many Filipino families,” Hontiveros added.

“For 15 years we struggled to have the RH bill enacted, and this legal hurdle is just another roadblock. It is supremely ironic that on Women’s Month, the SC decided to withhold the enforcement of a law that champions the rights of women,” Hontiveros said.

Another Team PNoy senatorial bet Sonny Angara said the SC decision was normal to give the court enough time to decide.

"I think that's customary and normal to give the court enough time to decide on the issue. This doesn't mean though that they have decided the case in favor of the pro or the anti,” Angara said. (PNA)



2 Responses to “Magsaysay calls temporary setback SC’s stay order on RH law”

  1. Anne Santos on March 20th, 2013 4:31 am

    hindi na yata tama ang ngyayari sa bansa natin. sa sobrang pakelamero ng Simbahan pati Supreme Court kakontyaba.. tsk tsk.. parang di na yata sinusunud ang Comelec sa kabila ng mapaayos ang kampanya..

  2. Rover999 on March 20th, 2013 4:35 am

    Naku.. Xayang naman ang ipinaglaban ng mga tao at pagpasa ng mga Lawmakers d2… balik na naman ba xa dating gawi ng sistema to.. haaaayss…. šŸ™