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RH advocate accuses anti-RH activist of assault


A supporter of the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) bill on Wednesday accused a former senatorial candidate opposing the measure of assaulting him during debates on the proposed legislation in the House of Representatives on Tuesday. Filipino Freethinkers advocacy director Kenneth Keng said Ang Kapatiran party senatorial bet and Pro-Life volunteer Rizalito David hit him after arguing on the measure at the House plenary hall’s gallery on Tuesday afternoon. "Seated and unrestrained, David hit Keng’s camera phone, which was next to Keng’s face, with the back of his hand, sending the camera phone flying into Keng’s glasses," Keng’s group said in a statement Wednesday. GMA News Online is still trying to get David’s side on the incident. Pro-Life Philippines said David is only a volunteer and that the group has nothing to do with the former senatorial candidate’s actions. Video courtesy of Filipino Freethinkers Keng said David "started to getting angry" when they started discussing the supposedly questionable funding of the RH bill. David allegedly started talking in a "threatening tone and adversarial choice of words" and even invited to settle the issue outside the session hall with "only the two of them." After the assault, David supposedly walked out of the session hall and refused to identify himself when asked by Keng and his companions. The Filipino Freethinkers, which identifies itself as "an organization of atheists and freethinkers in the Philippines working for a secular Filipino society promoting reason and science," condemned the incident and described David’s actions as "unacceptable" for a person who once aspired to be a senator. — Andreo Calonzo/RSJ, GMA News
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