Sen. Estrada sees passage of more pro-women bills in 16th Congress

June 6, 2013 9:46 pm 

MANILA, June 6 – With the recent election of four lady senators including three neophytes, acting Senate President Jinggoy Estrada said more pro-women measures are expected to be filed in the forthcoming 16th Congress.

“Well, as you notice, they are not only six women but most of them are young senators. It would be in advantage of the women because they could defend the women’s rights,” Estrada said in the weekly Kapihan sa Senado media forum on Thursday at the Legend restaurant in Pasay City.

Senator Loren Legarda has been reelected along with neophytes lady senators Nancy Binay, Cynthia Villar and Grace Poe-Llamanzares in the last May 13 midterm polls.

They will join incumbent lady Senators Pia Cayetano and Miriam Defensor-Santiago whose terms will end in 2016.

During the last election campaign period, Villar vowed to focus on creating livelihood projects that would benefit the women specially the housewives.

In the present 15th Congress, Cayetano and Santiago played key role in passing the Reproductive Health Law in the Senate.

The law which hurdled long debates in Congress aims to promote the right to health of women especially mothers and their unborn child. (PNA)

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