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RH Bill approved by Senate on 2nd and 3rd readings, 13 senators vote ‘yes’, 8 senators vote ‘no’

By on Dec 17, 2012 in Asia, Lifestyle, Local, Parenting, Politics Comments

Manila, Philippines – The controversial Senate Bill No.2865 or The Reproductive Health Act (RH Bill) has been approved by majority of local senators on its second and third readings, 13-8 this Monday, December 17, 2012, despite the strong opposition of the Catholic Church and some conservative groups.

As aired in local TV networks on Monday early evening, the eight senators who voted ‘No’ to the RH Bill include Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, and senators Manny Villar, Vicente “Tito” Sotto, Aquilino Pimentel III, Jinggoy Estrada, Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., Gringgo Honassan, and Antonio Trillanes IV.

On the other hand, the 13 senators who voted ‘Yes’ to RH Bill are Mirriam Defensor Santiago, Panfilo Lacson, Pia Cayetano, Edgardo Angara, Joker Arroyo, Alan Peter Cayetano, Franklin Drilon, Francis “Chiz” Escudero, Teofisto Guingona III, Loren Legarda, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, and Ralph Recto.

Apparently, senators Sergio Osmena III and Lito Lapid were not present during the Senate vote. Most of the senators voiced out their side and cited their reasons for their votes, while there are those who announced that they will later pass their explanations. President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, or PNoy has earlier certified the RH Bill as urgent.

“We have to consider that not all Filipinos are Catholics. We have Muslims, Protestants, Buddhists, non-believers. Today, I vote as a Filipino, a public health advocate, a father.” Senator Angara said on his speech, noting that while he acknowledges the concerns of the Catholic Church, the RH Bill does not legalize abortion.

Last Thursday, December 13, majority of the House of Representatives voted for the RH Bill, 113 congressmen voted “yes” and 104 congressmen voted ‘no’ on its second reading; and it was also approved on its third and final reading today, Monday, with 133 House members voting ‘yes’ and 79 voted ‘no,’ while 7 members were abstained.

Senators vote Yes No RH Bill
Photos and names of senators who vote ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ on the RH Bill (Purple – Yes, Red – No)
Image Credit: GMA News

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