Cayetano calls House okay ‘big victory’ for pro-RH bill

December 13, 2012 11:23 pm 

By Jelly Musico

MANILA, Dec. 13 – Sen. Pia Cayetano Thursday described the approval of the controversial Reproductive Health bill at the House of Representatives as ‘big victory’ for those pushing its passage.

“There's nothing like a sweet taste of big victory. People work hard for it and it is a feeling of accomplishment when you won a tough and good fight,” Cayetano said.

Late Wednesday, the House made history when it approved on second reading its RH bill version (House Bill 4244), ending 14 years of attempts by various groups to push for its passage.

It was a close vote with 113 congressmen voting for and 104 against, with three abstentions.

In the Senate, Cayetano believed majority of her colleagues will vote for the Senate version, Senate Bill 2865, of the measure.

“I don’t want to give numbers because as we know people are very sensitive about their position but you can easily see by the trend of the voting of the amendments,” said Cayetano.

The Senate is in the period of individual amendments with Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III to introduce his own amendments Monday.

With the House’s close vote on the proposed measure, Sen. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. said there is a possibility the vote will be reversed on the third and final reading.

”It is impossible that the vote will be reversed because the difference was only nine votes,” Marcos said.

Marcos said the Senate has to wait for the House approval on third and final reading before the senators will vote on the controversial measure.

”If the House will approve it on third and final reading, we will have special session in the Senate on Thursday. If not, the vote in the Senate will be useless,” Marcos said in the weekly Kapihan sa Senado media forum Thursday.

Cayetano said if the Senate will approve the RH bill next week, the bicameral conference committee will be scheduled early part of January next year. (PNA)

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