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Aquino asked to certify RH bill as urgent


President Benigno S. Aquino III Malacañang Photo Bureau

MANILA, Philippines — Albay Representative Edcel Lagman on Monday said he hoped that President Benigno Aquino III would certify the Reproductive Health Bill as urgent.

In a chance interview with reporters, the main proponent of House Bill 4244 otherwise known as the RH Bill said that Aquino’s certification of the proposed measure as urgent would definitely expedite its developments. He said groups backing the bill were moving to urge the President to certify the RH Bill as urgent.

The lawmaker said that the House leadership would move to tackle HB 4244 as soon as a quorum was declared. He expected the substitute version to the RH Bill to be adopted once they tackle the proposed measure.

Lagman also hinted at growing numbers of RH Bill supporters among the members of the House of Representatives but insisted he would not divulge their exact number as part of their strategy.

He has earlier sent a letter to coauthors and advocates of the bill among the members of the House of Representatives, urging them to attend session and maintain quorum as sacrifice for their constituents. There were however few lawmakers on the floor as session started Monday.

Pro-RH Bill lawmakers want the measure to be approved before they go on Christmas break.

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  • quirinomayer

    Mr. President,  don’t be a certified wimp. Certify the RH Bill as urgent legislation now!  

    • boypalaban

      urgent…so that Lagman your idol, the defender of your other idols GMA and Corona, can enjoy the benefits due to a corrupt official…

    • justice_league03

      what would prove that he is not a certified wimp if he certifies the FOI bill as urgent which he promised to support right from the get go. there we would see what he is really made of.

  • dickenhead

    certify it as urgent dude, what;s the matter afraid of the pedophiles?

    • boypalaban

      define pedophile or pedophilia…
      define “uto uto ng walanghiyang pulitiko at magnanakaw na opisyal ng gobyerno”…

    • xrisp

      Nope! Its really hard to fight against your conscience when it is still functioning even to the least.

  • justice_league03

    we all know that Aquino is all about protecting his image, certifying this as urgent might negatively affect even more the Catholic’s perception of him.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NV25ZPWMBDYFXEYR3AWQ43ZS5E Hein S

    The IMAMS, este priests, are trying to control the country.

    Should we rename PH to KATOLIKISTAN?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NIPR2MWOPGWUNZ4COTAMW7MLKE Mark

    ok batas na sya what’s next…mag distribute ng condoms sa kanayunan..eh gagamitin ba naman yan. Nung panahon ni Marcos ginawa na yan nakontrol ba ang pagdami ng Pilipino, kumonti ba ang mga mahihirap, kumonti ba ang mga nagugutom. Mga ogag ang proponent nitong batas na ito. Kung ako sa inyo ito na lang ang gawin nyong urgent na batas.
    1. BUWAGIN ANG SENADO.. This is a breeding ground of corrupt and arrogant politicians
    2. SCRAP PORK BARREL..Ugat ng kurakot
    3. ABOLISH/ STOP POLITICAL DYNASTY…Ugat ng maruming politika sa Pilipinas

    Hi Mr. President make this as urgent Law NOW NA!!!,

  • Wally Ong

    what’s next ? legalization of abortion, divorce, euthanasia, civil wedding ng mga bakla..

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