Aquino to ask lawmakers to decide on RH Bill

November 30, 2012 11:11 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 30 — President Benigno S. Aquino III said he will meet with the lawmakers Monday to discuss the Reproductive Health Bill for its immediate passage.

In an interview in Mandaue City Friday at the sidelines of his meeting with the Liberal Party members, the President said he will ask legislators to ensure a quorum and a decision is reached for the proposal.

“Makikiusap ako sa kanila. Number one, siguraduhin ang quorum; number two, siguraduhin na madesisyunan. ‘Pag iniwan nating nakabinbin, meron itong divisive factor,” the President said.

“Pero sana malaktawan na natin ang division. Kailangan magkaroon ng desisyon, either way. Kung anong ipasa nila, ‘yun ang ipapatupad ng Executive,” he added.

Asked if he will agree with whatever the House decision would be, the President reiterated his stand on the issue, noting that he is for responsible parenthood.

“I’m pro… for Responsible Parenthood that this is a matter of conscience. Lahat tayo may value system, may belief system, at kailangan tugunan natin ang sinasabi ng ating konsensya,” he stressed.

According to the President, the Liberal Party won’t impose anything on any member when they decide on the issue, adding that he believes every party member will decide based on their conscience.

He also said there might be a decision to certify RH Bill as urgent, depending on the necessity. But he noted that he’s not keen on certifying bills as urgent because there are certain guidelines for such proposals to be certified as urgent.

“As a general rule, napakatipid kong mag-certify ng urgent kaalinsunod nang nakalagay sa Saligang Batas na kung kailan puwedeng maging urgent. So hindi basta-basta ‘yun na ilalagay na urgent,” he said.

The meeting on Monday to discuss the proposal with House members will be the second time for President Aquino.

In a meeting at Malacanang last August, the President pleaded with the lawmakers to end floor debates on the said measure. They eventually voted to move the proposed law to the period of amendments.

RH supporters believe the President’s intervention, particularly by certifying the bill as urgent, would get the measure approved, ending a 13-year fight for the proposed RH law. (PNA)

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