SC holds preliminary conference on RH law case on June 6

May 31, 2013 10:07 pm 

MANILA, May 31 — The Supreme Court has set a preliminary conference in preparation for the oral arguments on Republic Act No. 10354 or the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law on June 6.

The SC said the purpose of the meeting is to identify the issues raised by the parties and the order these issues are to be discussed in the oral arguments.

The SC earlier set the oral arguments on the case on June 18.

On March 19, the High Court issued a 120-day status quo ante order against the implementation of the RH law.

In a seven-page notice, counsels of the parties involved are asked to attend the preliminary conference at the New Supreme Court Building in Manila.

SC Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno ordered the conduct of a preliminary conference upon the recommendation of the justice tasked to handle the case.

There are 12 petitions filed before the High Court questioning the legality of the controversial law.

The petitioners argued the Law violates the 1987 Constitution which upholds the ideals of an "unconditional respect for life."

Among the petitioners are couple James and Lovely Imbong, Serve Life Cagayan De Oro City, Task Force for Family and Life Visayas Incorporated, Alliance for Family Foundation Philippines, Inc., former Sen. Francisco “Kit” Tatad and his wife, Fenny; and human rights lawyer Alan Paguia.

Respondents are Executive Secretary Paquito "Jojo" Ochoa Jr., Education Secretary Armin Luistro, Interior Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas III, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, and Health Secretary Enrique Ona. (PNA)

HBC/JMC/PTR

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