Don’t Vote for these pro-RH Bill Trapos!
As the old saying goes, ‘you know one when you see one’. And this is exactly the case as the most ardent advocates of population control have
compiled a list of politicians running for public office this May 10 national elections who made an either expressed or implied support for the controversial Reproductive Health bill that would force both employers and doctors to provide RH services to designated beneficiaries against their will.
In an online story published by Spot.ph, Elizabeth Angsioco, national chairperson of the Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines (DSWP), provided a compiled list of both politicians “with observable favorable position on the Reproductive Health issue.”
According to the badly written paper furnished by this socialist organization, “the listing is largely based on the years of advocacy for the passage of the RH bill and specifically: the political mapping in the House of Representatives done by advocates principally by the Philippine Legislators Committee on Population and Development Foundation, Inc. (PLCPD), observations and direct dealings with candidates and/or people closely working with them, track record of candidates on the issue and lastly, their public pronouncements.”
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Excerpt: “We have to fight this bill by exposing its many contradictions and evil intents to violate our individual rights and freedom. We are all engaged in a battle of ideas. I oppose this bill not because it’s against the will of God, but because it is dangerous, non-objective and unconstitutional. We are still free to do what we want in this country.”
This bill does not deserve our support. On the face of it, it looks good because it promises to provide the so-called needed services for women and poor people. But if you try to dig deeper into its content and spirit, you would see its perilous imperfections. The RH bill is like a Trojan horse. It is masquerading as a pro-poor program, but in truth and in reality, it is anti-poor simply because in the long run it would affect not just the middle class but the poor it seeks to serve as well.
This bill has three major facets:
First: Social facet. It promises to serve women and the poor, but such a promise is empty, because it would only result in the sacrifice of other social groups, such as businessmen, doctors, and taxpayers, to another beneficiary social group— women and the so-called poor people.
Second: Political facet. The bill empowers the government to impose punitive punishment and excessive amount of fine on violators (e.i., businessmen, doctors and medical personnel, government employees, and anybody who violates the bill). Should they pass this bill, it might stimulate the passage of other welfare state legislation like socialized medicine or universal health care bill. Everybody is talking about the plight of women and the poor, but nobody is giving any attention to the interest of employers and health care providers without whom nobody would have survived. A law that forces doctors to work against their will would definitely trigger medical brain drain in the country.
Third: Economic facet. Since this bill seeks to punish businessmen, it would have a huge impact on the business sector. Most importantly, it might also affect the in flux of foreign direct investment, as foreign investors would be discouraged to do business in the country. Remember that the Philippines, according to 2010 Index of Economic Freedom, is the 109th freest economy in the world. Logic tells us that both domestic investment and foreign investments are important in poverty alleviation.
Now consider this: since the law speaks of providing of RH services to women and poor people, where will the government get the money? The bill speaks of one source of wealth— the business sector that will be immolated and sacrificed for the sake of what our do-gooder politicians call the “common good.”
The bill penalizes businesses that refuse to provide RH care services to their employees. However, the bill is silent as to the second source of wealth— tax money. The government has no magical power to create money or wealth out of thin air. Remember that government spending requires a definite—not potential—source of wealth. It is possible that the government might borrow money from foreign creditors without taxing the people in order to maintain its popularity. But this is a very dangerous option considering the high interest rates that may be imposed by foreign creditors.
On the issue of population management. Are the “population management” programs not provided under the present setup? Are the proponents and advocates of this bill trying to say that today’s families are not given the freedom of choice?
The bill covers the following: (1) Information and access to natural and modern family planning (2) Maternal, infant and child health and nutrition (3) Promotion of breast feeding (4) Prevention of abortion and management of post-abortion complications (5) Adolescent and youth health (6) Prevention and management of reproductive tract infections, HIV/AIDS and STDs (7) Elimination of violence against women (8) Counseling on sexuality and sexual and reproductive health (9) Treatment of breast and reproductive tract cancers (10) Male involvement and participation in RH; (11) Prevention and treatment of infertility and (12) RH education for the youth.
By looking closely at these welfare state promises, these are all available and provided for under the current setup, and that there are existing and open government agencies that can deliver these services. For instance, departments and agencies under Section 4(n), such as the Department of Health, Department of Education, including public clinics, and other specialized government health centers like the Lung Center of the Philippines, Health Center of the Philippines and government hospitals, can be given additional or even special functions only to comply with the supposed social welfare mandate of this bill.
All of the alleged welfare state boons are guaranteed under our present set up. In other words, there is no need to enact this so absurd legislative proposal. However, it is important to note that this bill includes a “pass-on provision.” Its proponents seek to shift the burden of paying for the RH services to employers. By virtue of their success and economic status, employers are being offered to a sacrificial altar to satisfy the reproductive health care needs of a particular group of people. This trend simply means that need now is a claim on slavery.
On the issue of control. Most of the proponents of this bill refused to accept the fact that they want control. The proper question is: How can our politicians manage population? And why is there a need to force businessmen to provide RH services to their employees, if population management or control is the primary goal of the bill?
Here’s the list of political candidates who support the RH bill:
Prior to becoming a presidential candidate, he had no articulated position. NOT a signatory to the Senate Committee Report on RH BUT mistakenly said that he was. Initially, was openly clashing against the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on the issue. Keen on providing RH information BUT at best, wary about providing budget for services Recent pronouncements on RH are vague.
Pro-family planning but unclear on other important RH-related matters
Known as pro-RH but has not CLEARLY articulated his detailed position on key RH matters such as: budget, family planning, RH education
Articulated support for RH BUT no concrete position on critical RH matters.
Initially a strong RH supporter and openly clashed against the CBCP. Wife, Rep. Nikki Prieto among co-authors of RH Bill in this Congress. Reported to have backed out from RH but recent pronouncements while softer and vaguer than before are still pro-RH. Nikki Prieto HAS NOT officially withdrawn her RH co-authorship of the Bill.
Senate RH Bill only moved significantly when she took over as Chair of Comm. On Health. She organized Sub-Comm on RH headed by RH author Sen. Biazon. She signed Comm. Report. NO direct articulation of RH support. Authored a dangerous bill – SB No. 2324 that provides MANDATORY PREGNANCY TESTING for women undergoing cosmetic procedure. This Bill is deemed by women’s groups as violative of women’s right to privacy.
Those who know him say he is pro-RH but so far, has not articulated any clear position.
His wife has been visible in a few RH-related affairs and has said that Yasay is also pro-RH. However, the candidate has yet to issue a position in public forums.
I must add!
Has been consistently and strongly pro-RH through his 3 terms as Representative. Principally authored RH Bills in House of Representatives (HOR)
RH Bill co-author. Has been publicly vocal about his position.
Chaired the Senate Comm. On Health and was the first to make the RH Bill move by calling for Committee Hearings. Has issued pro-RH statements in public forums and media.
Principally authored RH-related bill in Senate. Signed the Senate Comm. On Health RH Report
RH Bill co-author. Has been visible in pro-RH activities & issued statements on her position.
RH Bill co-author. Known to the RH advocates as pro-RH but is not known to have issued any public statement
RH Bill co-author. Has been visible in pro-RH activities & issued statements on her position
Principally authored RH-related bill in Senate. Signed the Comm. On Health Report. Issued strong pro-RH statements in media interviews. Responsible for the progressive framework provisions of the Senate version of the Magna Carta of women (MCW)
For House of Representatives
- Ilocos Norte, 1st District
Ablan, Roque R.
- Pangasinan, 2nd District
Agbayani, Victor Aguedo
- Isabela, 4th District
- Kalinga, Lone
- Isabela, 1st District
- Camarines Sur, 4th District
- Negros Occidental, 6th District
- Palawan, 1st District
- Agusan del Norte, 2nd District
- Aurora, Lone District
Angara, Juan Edgardo
RH Bill co-author but has not issued public statement on the issue.
- Agusan del Norte, 1st District
Aquino, Jose II
- Sulu, 2nd District
- Pangasinan, 3rd District
Arenas, Ma. Rachel
- Cavite, 2nd District
- Lanao del Norte, 1st District
Belmonte, Vicente Jr.
- Makati,2nd District
- Iloilo, 4th District
- Masbate, 1st District
Bravo, Narciso Jr.
- Apayao, Lone
- Davao del Sur, 1st District
Cagas, Marc Douglas
- Caloocan, 2nd District
Cajayon, Mary Mitzi
- Pangasinan, 1st District
- Zamboanga del Sur, 2nd District
- Laguna, 2nd District
Chipeco, Justin Marc
- Ifugao, Lone District
- Pangasinan, 5th District
- Benguet, Lone
- Batanes, Lone
Diasnes, Carlo Oliver
- Zambales, 2nd District
- Sharif Kabunsuan, Lone
- Lanao del Norte, 2nd District
- Baguio City
Co-author and actively involved in the Bill’s promotion. Has publicly articulated his position.
- Rizal, 1st District
Duavit, Michael John
Co-author and helped in the Bill’s promotion in the HOR
- Lanao del Sur, 1st District
- La Union, 2nd District
- Isabela, 3rd District
- Dinagat Islands
- Sorsogon, 1st District
Co-author and has been involved in
defending the RH Bill on the HOR floor. Also active in authors’ meetings.
- Pangasinan, 6th District
Estrella, Robert Raymund
- Negros Occidental, 4th District
- Surigao del Sur, 2nd District
- Iloilo, 1st District
One of the main champions in the HOR and has been publicly promoting and defending the Bill.
- Valenzuela, 1st District
- Sultan Kudarat, 2nd District
- Iloilo City, Lone District
Co-author and actively participated in authors’ meetings on the Bill
- Mandaluyong, Lone District
Co-author and went against Rep. Susano when she was objecting to discussion in the Plenary.
- Tawi-Tawi, Lone
- Sulu, 1st District
- Nueva Ecija, 1st District
Former Chair of HOR’s Committee on Women and championed several pro-women laws. Also played critical role for the RH Bill when she was in HOR. Again running for an HOR seat after resting for I term.
- Masbate, 2nd District
- Zamboanga del Norte, 2nd District
- Negros Occidental, 3rd District
Lacson, Jose Carlos
Co-author and very visible in authors’ and other strategizing meetings for RH.
- Davao del Norte, 2nd District
Lagdameo, Antonio Jr.
- Albay, 1st District
The RH Bill’s principal author and champion.
- Tarlac, 3rd District
- Albay, 3rd District
- Cagayan, 3rd District
- Sultan Kudarat, 1st District
Mangudadatu, Datu Pax
- La Union, 1st District
- Nueva Vizcaya, Lone
- Bulacan, 2nd District
Co-author but no public pronouncement.
- Surigao del Sur, 1st District
- South Cotabato, 2nd District
Led the Bill’s passage at the Committee on Health where he was Chair.
- North Cotabato, 2nd District
- Tarlac, 1st District
Prieto-Teodoro, Monica Louise
Co-author and actively involved in authors’ meetings. Contrary to reports, she has not withdrawn authorship of Bill.
- Cavite, 3rd District
Remulla, Jesus Crispin
- San jose, Del Monte, Lone district
- Pasay City, Lone District
Roxas, Jose Antonio
Co-author but had no public pronouncements.
- Cebu, 4th District
- Malabon-Navotas, Lone District
- Abra, Lone
Seares Luna, Cecilia
- Bulacan, 3rd District
Co-author and actively involved on the issue
- Ilocos Sur, 1st District
- Ilocos Sur, 2nd District
- Sorsogon, 2nd District
- Quezon, 3rd District
- Iloilo, 2nd District
- North Cotabato, 1st District
Co-author and has been very visible in several pro-RH activities including authors meetings. Public articulation has been consistently pro-RH.
- Marikina, 1st District
- Negros Oriental, 3rd District
Teves, Pryde Henry
- Iloilo, 5th District
Co-author and visible in authors’ meetings
- Davao City, 3rd District
- Isabela, 2nd District
- Western Samar, 1st District
- Cagayan de Oro City, 1st District
- Cagayan, 2nd District
- Camarines Sur, 2nd District
- Tarlac, 2nd District
- Zamboanga del Sur, 1st District
- San Juan, Lone District
- Bukidnon, 3rd District
Zubiri, Jose Ma.
Co-author and actively involved in authors’ and other strategizing meetings. Also active in advocating with his co-HOR members.
- Quezon City
Played a critical role in the passage of the QC RH Code.Defensor, Mike
Said that he is for RH in ANC debate.
DID NOT REVOKE Atienza’s anti RH EO 003 BUT ‘allowed’ NGOs to work and provide RH services in Manila
Clearly said that he favors providing public funds for artificial contraceptives.
Co-author and one of the leading HOR champions of the RH Bill
- Davao City
Very visible in RH activities and played a leading and critical role in the recent passage of the City’s RH Code version.
- General Santos City
Co-author and one of the strongest champions of the RH Bill at the HOR.
- Tabaco City, Albay
For reelection. Championed RH Bill when she was in HOR and has implemented RH programs in her city.
- Cavite, Rosario
For reelection. Has been supportive of RH and implemented various important RH programs especially for those in poverty.
- Aurora Province
For reelection. Championed RH Bill when she was in HOR. She led the passage of the very first local RH Code in the country. Known as an RH champion nationally and internationally.
For reelection. Has been openly and publicly articulating his pro-RH position defying GMA’s anti-RH line even as he is known to be her ally.