My
stand

I am
AGAINST
the Reproductive Health Law.
Signed into law last December after 15 years in Congress, the legislation seeks to address reproductive health concerns—including public access to natural and artificial family planning methods—despite strong opposition from the Catholic Church.

  • SAMSON ALCANTARA

     AGAINST 
    I am filing a petition to intervene and I’m going to challenge the provisions of the RH bill. Ang inire-raise ko doon, ‘yung freedom of speech, because you can be penalized if one criticizes the program. And that is, in my belief, a violation of the freedom of speech. You’re entitled to your opinion. Maybe the government does not agree with your opinion, but you should not be penalized for espousing or adapting a different opinion.
  • SONNY ANGARA

     FOR 
  • BAM AQUINO

     FOR 
  • GRECO BELGICA

     AGAINST 
    Hindi naman tayo overpopulated and the facts are misrepresented. At wala tayong problema sa populasyon. The number one resource of an economy is human resource. Bakit po ang Filipino umaaasenso sa ibang bayan? Dahil meron silang oportunidad. Dito sa ating bayan, sikil... ‘Yan po ang dahilan ng kahirapan, hindi [ang] kabataan. ‘Yung mga bata kapag dumadami, lumalaki ‘yung opportunity ng ating bayan na lumakas at umunlad.
  • NANCY BINAY

     AGAINST 
    I think yung pera na gagamitin to buy contraceptives mas may pangangailangan pa in terms of libreng bakuna na sana dun na lang ginamit kaysa sa contraceptives. I practice natural family planning and it worked for us, tama yung spacing ng mga anak namin.
  • TEDDY CASIÑO

     FOR 
    Babantayan lang natin na hindi magkaroon ng wrong signal or wrong impression that the solution to poverty is population control. Kasi 'yan 'yung isang consciously pinaalis namin. It might still lead to that kind of thinking na ang maging emphasis sa anti-poverty strategy is population reduction, so that is one thing na kailangan nating bantayan.
  • ALAN PETER CAYETANO

     FOR 
    The bill is not perfect but it reflects a health incentive to those who are married and to those who want to engage in sex but are not married.
  • TINGTING COJUANGCO

     AGAINST 
    I always say na dapat yung magna carta for women would suffice in order to protect the women and the family.
  • LITO DAVID

     AGAINST 
    Ang pangunahing layunin naman ng RH Law ay paigtingin 'yung sexual education. Bakit? Para bumenta 'yung contraceptives. Pera-pera lang 'yan. 'Pag na-imbibe na ng ating mga kabataan 'yung contraceptive mentality, papasok na dyan 'yung legalization ng abortion.
  • JC DELOS REYES

     AGAINST 
    I'll repeal it if ever I'm elected. The RH concept is not indigenous to the Philippines but was dictated upon by development agencies abroad. So we repeal the whole concept.
  • JV EJERCITO ESTRADA

     AGAINST 
    To be honest, hating-hati ako riyan... but I'm quite close to the clergy because I was educated in a Jesuit institution. My mother is a devout Catholic. When I felt that the RH bill was going to pass anyway because the President has given orders to certify it, so at least to soften the impact, I voted no. I valued my nanay and the institutions and doctrines I grew up with.
  • JACK ENRILE

     FOR 
    I happened upon this particular stand by accident. Originally, I was not going to vote for the passage of the measure, but having visited several provinces, you get the sense of what is really needed... If we allow people to choose for themselves, it will be step in alleviating poverty and curing all those social ills.
  • CHIZ ESCUDERO

     FOR 
    It gives the right to not only women but families to decide for themselves what they want at inaassitan sila ng gobyerno para malaman what's out there at kung ano ang mga options nila.
  • BAL FALCONE

     AGAINST 
    We want to adopt the posiiton of the Catholic Church which is anti-RH and talagang tinatawag na partido ng buhay, 'di tulad ng patido ng patay and one of the objections we have against the RH is because it allocates P14 billion every year for contraceptives and condoms when in fact this kind of big money can be of use to so many Filipinos. The homelessness, hunger and thirst of Filipinos is more important than condoms and contraceptives.
  • DICK GORDON

     AGAINST 
    It’s a non-issue, it’s a cop-out. Because kailangang bigyan mo ng kalidad ang populasyon ng ating bayan. A big population can be... malaking bagay ‘yan kung matalino at maayos at tama ang edad.Bakit ka matatakot sa malaking populasyon? Natatakot ang mga politiko natin na ‘di nila kayang bigyan ng tamang aksyon ang ating edukasyon. Hindi nila kayang hanapan ng trabaho ang mga kababayan [natin] dito sa ating bansa.
  • ED HAGEDORN

     FOR 
    Basta the people can make their own choices. What we are against is 'yung kung mag-iimpose sa tao.
  • GRINGO HONASAN

     AGAINST 
    Because you do not combine the variables that are included in reproductive health, responsible parenthood, and population management. We cannot even feed our children between the ages of 0 to 5 properly. Here we are taking on more than we can swallow or chew so I think my reason for voting against is at the right time, with the proper circumstances I would support separatelt or together a more responsive reproductive health bill, population management bill, responsible parenthood bill because any decision we make as we have already made a decision will impact on the future generations of Filipinos not next year or next month, not even within the next 10 years but decades from now. China is realizing that, Hong Kong has realized that, Singapore has realized that and they have been proactive about this. Who are we to be less than how they are responding to this?
  • RISA HONTIVEROS

     FOR 
    Babantayan natin ang implementasyon nito at isusulong pa natin ang karapatang ng mga kababaihan para sa mga de kalidad na serbisyong pangkalusugan.
  • LOREN LEGARDA

     FOR 
    Because it's for the rural women of our country. The RH law offers a small measure of support to make sure that access to information and services is made less difficult for the poor.
  • MARWIL LLASOS

     AGAINST 
  • ERNIE MACEDA

     FOR 
    It's already a law so there's nothing you can really do about it.
  • JAMBY MADRIGAL

     FOR 
    I’m really for reproductive health education, yung pinagtatalunan ata nila, funding component, sa akin we should study that very carefully.
  • MITOS MAGSAYSAY

     AGAINST 
  • JUN MAGSAYSAY

     FOR 
    Basically it's more of a health and economic issue. If a family can afford to have five children, it's alright. But if a family can have as many as 12 but do not have the capability to take care of the health and later on the education of three, why will the family have 12? I think that is irresponsibility.
  • MON MONTAÑO

     FOR 
    Yung mga kababaihan natin must be given a choice.
  • RICARDO PENSON

     FOR 
    I think it should not be talked about anymore since it's already a law, but I would have voted for it. It should be a choice for Filipino women.
  • KOKO PIMENTEL

     AGAINST 
    I disagree with committing billions of pesos just to buy consumables, condom, pill, injectable, IUD. Billions every year, how do you audit the use? And then it was packaged as a health measure in the Senate, in the House I think they were openly presenting it as a population measure but in the Senate it was packaged as a health measure so if it is a health measure how come the focus was on lowering the number of live births, why not just focus on the number of maternal deaths?
  • GRACE POE

     FOR 
    [The RH law] is a good progress in our struggle to address the high prevalence of maternal deaths in the country. I believe, however, that the RH law can still be strengthened by introducing new provisions that would allow Filipino couples to receive financial assistance in their efforts to conceive a child. The concept of 'reproductive health' should also include couples who are having difficulties conceiving a child naturally.
  • CHRISTIAN SEÑERES

     AGAINST 
    It might puzzle some analysts kung bakit isasabatas 'yang population management and responsible parenthood when society natin is reliant on OFW remittances, services sector, which affects two-thirds of our work force. And yet there comes a law that will reduce one of the factors of economic production that has strengthened us according to foreign analysts. It could be economically detrimental to us.
  • ANTONIO TRILLANES IV

     AGAINST 
    I voted against it because of the provisions on sex education for grade six students and the multi-billion peso allocation for the procurement of contraceptives.
  • BRO. EDDIE VILLANUEVA

     FOR 
    I’m always against abortion because abortion is murder. However, I’m in favor of some family planning, responsible parenthood, because the children must be properly guided and be protected as they grow up. Kaya we must have genuine concern for the future of the children.
  • CYNTHIA VILLAR

     AGAINST 
    I don’t believe that a big population is a liability. Depende how you will manage the population. If the population can be managed well, and that would create a domestic market for the goods of the country, then that would be very helpful in supporting the economy.
  • MIGZ ZUBIRI

     AGAINST 
    I’m against the RH law kasi hindi naman kailangang magpagawa pa ng isang panukalang batas o isang batas dahil nagagawa naman po siya sa ating mga local government unit — meron na pong sariling reproductive health program. Kasi kung i-nationalize pa, nagkakaroon po ng napakatinding debate.
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