Boxing champ explains his ‘no’ vote before the plenary.
Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao and other celebrity House members voted ‘no’ on the reproductive health (RH) bill.
Ormoc’s Rep. Lucy Torres Gomez said the rejection by Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, principal sponsor of HB 4244, of Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez’s suggestion that the bill clearly define the beginning of life was the “core of my objection to the bill.”
“Life is a gift. Human beings are assets, not liabilities,” Lucy said.
Gomez, representative of Leyte’s fourth district, is married to actor Richard Gomez. They have a daughter.
Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado Revilla said her personal experience with contraceptive pills made her vote against RH bill.
“I took pills after our first child. But despite them, I had seven more pregnancies, and one of our children died. The pills didn’t work,” she said. She is married to actor-senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.
An emotional Pampanga Rep. Aurelio Gonzales Jr. said he was voting against the bill to fulfill a promise he made to his late father and mother.
The youngest of 12 children, he said he would not have been born had his parents used contraceptives.
He said he visited their grave before going to the House to attend its session and cast his vote.
Like Gonzales, Antipolo City Rep. Roberto Puno, the 12th of 13 siblings, also said he might not have been born if his parents practiced family planning.
Rep. Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo of the party-list group Ang Galing Pinoy, is also against the RH measure.
“Mikey” Arroyo said “I am a Catholic, and I have to follow the teachings of my church.” His mother would have voted against the bill if she were not under hospital arrest for plunder at the Veterans Medical Memorial Center.
Palawan Rep. Antonio Alvarez also against RH bill, saying the RH bill is redundant since there are enough laws, including the Magna Carta for Women, which could address its objectives. “It’s a matter of implementation,” he said.
Others who voted against the proposed RH legislation were Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Romualdez Marcos and her nephew, Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez.