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    Mahigit 300 RH Bill Advocates, Nagpiket sa Senado

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

    Ang mga Pro-RH Bill na nag-rally sa harapang ng Senado ngayong araw ng Martes. (UNTV News)

    PASAY CITY, Philippines — Nagpiket sa tapat ng gusali ng Senado sa Pasay City ang mahigit 300 Reproductive Health bill advocates kaninang umaga.

    Suot ang kulay-lilang damit, nanindigan ang mga ito na sapat na ang posisyon ng bansa sa RH bill kaya’t panahon nang pagbotohan ito sa plenaryo ng senado.

    “Violet kasi women, ang tingin namin mas maagrabyado sila sa pag-walang panukalang batas ang kababaihan, mga anak nya at kababaihan,” pahayag ni Dr. Junice Melgar ng RH Advocacy Network.

    Naging bahagi rin sa programa ang malalaking mukha nina Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile at Senate Majority Floor Leader Vicente Sotto III.

    Ayon kay Dr. Melgar, ang dalawang senador ang pangunahing humaharang na maipasa ang kontrobersyal na panukala sa kongreso.

    “Dito sa senate unfortunately sina Sotto at Enrile, ang sinasabi namin baka they find in their hearts, statesman naman sila ng bansa, allow the vote, and let’s respect it regardless what’s happen.”

    Ayon pa sa Reproductive Health Advocacy Network, sapat na ang survey na nagpapakita na walo sa sampung Pilipino ang nagsasabing ang kababaihan at mag-asawa ay may karapatang pumili ng kanilang family planning method.

    Una nang pinabulaanan nina Sotto at Enrile na dinedelay nila ang nasabing panukala.

    Anila, dapat munang pag-aralang mabuti at idaan sa tamang proseso ang pagpasa sa RH bill.

    Pahayag ni Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, “Paano magkakaroon ng delaying tactics? We are working in accordance with the rules.”

    “If delaying tactics are going to be used, then they will not have it on the floor,” pahayag naman ni Senate Majority Floor Leader Vicente Sotto III. (Bryan de Paz/Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

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    35 Responses

    1. Fabian Pilapil says:

      Almost 8 billion pesos is spent by the government yearly to address the problems that the RH Bill wants to address. Utilize this fund for family and reproductive health programs which the DOH should implement for all.

      Give priority to the stricter implementation of the Magna Carta for women so in this case maternal health will no longer be a problem.

    2. Antonio says:

      Ang Pilipinas nagiging pudag ng tsismis dahil masyadong maraming marunong at magaling. Marunong manisi ng iba at Magaling manira ng tao.

    3. Jajun says:

      ang daming dummy accounts ng mga paring katoliko dito. takot kasi na mabawasan ang kinikita sa binyag hahaha

      • ellee says:

        hahahaha tama, at pinagsasabihan pa nila na walang alam patungkol sa RH bill ung mga nagrarally eh mga doctor nga di ba mas marunong pa sila sa doctor patungkol sa health care?… minamadali daw ang RH bill at di napag aralan maige?… ilang presidente na ba ang nagdaan>? cguro mga 15 years ng di matuloy tuloy yan eh yan ba di napag aralan ng maigi?.,..

    4. Lourdez says:

      Nakakaawa ang ibang tao na pinilit at isinama lang sa pagprotesta para maipasa ang RH. Hindi nila alam na pumapanig sila sa kung ano ang ikasisira nila. No to RH bill.

    5. Jaz says:

      Let’s not support RH bill! Walang maidudulot na maganda sa bayan at sa mga tao.

    6. Lui says:

      Minamadali masyado ang botohan, tama lang na pagusapan at pag isipan muna ng mabuti ang RH bill na yan nang hindi magkasisihan.

    7. Imee says:

      Desperate move again para lang ipasa ang gusto nilang RH bill.

    8. olive says:

      Ang mga Pro naman talaga ang nagsasagawa ng mga delaying tactics eh.

    9. olive says:

      Sana wag nalang ipasa ang RH Bill na yan ng hindi na umaabot sa mga ganyan.

    10. olive says:

      Tama naman ang gusto ni Enrile at Sotto na dapat munang pag-aralang mabuti at idaan sa tamang proseso ang pagpasa sa RH bill.

    11. Rofolfo says:

      Hindi naman talaga ang RH Bill ang makakatulong sa bansa. Hindi naman nito mapapakain ang napakadaming tao na nagugutom.

    12. Jello Gapan says:

      Naniniwala ako na hindi lahat ng taong yan ay may sapat na kaalaman tungkol sa RH Bill. Hindi lang naman ito tungkol sa family planning.

    13. Rodolfo says:

      Tama si Sotto at Enrile, dapat mapagusapan ng mabuti ang RH Bill. Kapag naipasa ito wala ng bawian kaya dapat ngayon pa lang maipaglaban na wag na ito maipasa.

    14. Anita Baluyot says:

      Siguro itong mga taong andito hindi pa alam kung ano ba talaga ang RH Bill that is why they keep on insisting it.

    15. Emily Velasco says:

      Your reporter got it wrong 60 people lang po ang nandun.

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    CA rejects confirmation of Rafael Mariano as DAR chief

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

    Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano

    (FILE PHOTO) Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano

     

    MANILA, Philippines — On the last day of deliberation over the confirmation of Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano, members of the Commission on Appointments (CA) have once again scrutinized the issues hurled by several groups against him.

    Among them was the issue on land conversion which Mariano denied opposing.

    Discussed as well was his alleged link to leftist groups.

    Occidental Mindoro Representative Josephine Ramirez Sato also asked him about his position on the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform (CARP) Law.

    Mariano called the said law “fake” when he was not yet Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) secretary.

    Also discussed anew was the alleged involvement of the DAR Secretary in the alleged plan of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) to attack the Lapanday Group of Companies in April 2017 in Davao City.

    The accusation stemmed from the joint resolution Regional Development Council signed by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

    “They sent this representation a formal report on the incidence report which was the basis of this joint resolution,” said Sato.

    Mariano strongly denied all the accusations.

    “If it is true that I have direct involvement and participation in these allegations, that I was involved in the planning of all the incidents that took place in Lapanday, they should have filed a case,” said Mariano.

    After the deliberation that resulted in 13 votes against Mariano, the CA rejected his confirmation as DAR Secretary.

    “Therefore it is with heavy heart that I, as chairman of your committee on agrarian reform, hereby respectfully submit the result of the voting of your committee which resulted in a minimum of 13 votes against the confirmation of ad interim of Mr. Rafael Vitriolo Mariano as secretary of agrarian reform,” said Sen. Vicente Sotto III.

    In response, Mariano said, “The balance of class interests have tipped in favor of the interests of big landlords, oligarchs.”

    Some employees of DAR also turned emotional after the rejection of Mariano’s appointment.

    Mariano refused to comment further on the decision of the CA and immediately went to the group protesting outside the Senate.

    Malacañang meanwhile said it is saddened by the CA’s rejection of former DAR Secretary Mariano.

    Based on the statement of Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, the primary goal of Mariano was to advance the rights and welfare of farmers.

    Abella said the public will always be grateful to the dedication shown by Mariano.

    Mariano is the fourth Cabinet member of President Duterte rejected by the CA.

    Among the others rejected were former DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, former Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay and Environment Secretary Gina Lopez. – Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

     

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    Senate majority leader to file petition to open probe on Comelec chair Andres Bautista

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

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    Senate Majority Leader Tito Sotto will file a resolution that seeks to investigate  Comelec chief Andres Bautista.

    Bautista might face plunder charges following the revelation of his wife about his alleged ill-gotten wealth worth one billion pesos.

    But the probe, Sotto said, will not only focus on Bautista’s alleged ill-gotten wealth, but also over the integrity of the 2016 polls.

    “Sa mga impormasyon na lumabas (With all the information surfacing,) it really casts a cloud of doubt in the 2016 elections. Marami na nga tayong nadidinig kung anu-ano tungkol dun tapos biglang may ganito (We’ve already been hearing a lot things about it [2016 elections] then suddenly this happens). The best option is for us to have an inquiry,” Sen. Sotto said.

    Sotto said the Blue Ribbon Committee and Committee on Electoral Reforms and People’s Participation will lead the investigation on the Comelec chairman.

    Meanwhile, for Senator Grace Poe, what happened between Bautista and his wife Patricia should not be treated as a marital problem.

    “Although they say it’s just a marital problem, it’s also an issue of alleged corruption,” Sen. Poe said. – Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News and Rescue

     

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    Congress leaders define 35 priority legislations for 2nd regular session

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, July 27th, 2017

    MANILA, Philippines — Leaders from the upper and lower houses of Congress convened on Wednesday to identify measures included in their common legislative agenda.

    Senate President Aquino Pimentel III, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, majority leaders Cong. Rudy Fariñas and Senator Tito Sotto and minority leaders Congressman Danilo Suarez and Senator Franklin Drilon were among those who attended the meeting.

    House majority leader Cong. Fariñas said, in order to facilitate easier passage of bills, they segmentized the second regular session into four quarters.

    In the first quarter starting this Monday to October this year, they will prioritize the passage of tax reform package, traffic crisis and Emergency Powers Act, national ID system, end of contractualization or “endo”, among others.

    While they have not set a definite timeline, House and Senate also agreed to focus on passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). Minority leader Cong. Danilo Suarez expects long debates on this.

    “We agreed to have it prioritized pero ang problema hindi pa namin nakikita eh, hindi ko pa nababasa ang BBL eh (but the problem is, we have yet to see it. I have not read the BBL yet.) Sa Senado hindi pa nila nakikita (They have not seen it yet in the Senate). So sinabi ng pangulo iyon (The President mentioned it) so we have to come up with a responsive action. We will prioritize it,” he said.

    Revision of the Constitution is also identified as one of the legislative agenda and Congress has agreed to create a technical working group for it.

    House majority leader Cong. Fariñas said, “ang napagusapan namin (What we discussed was) if we cannot wait for the commission being created by the president, both Houses bubuo nalang kami ng parang (we’ll just form something like a)… technical working group ng (of) both Houses na magpepresent ng (that will present) amendments to the act.”

    Leaders from the House of Representatives are positive they will be able to hit all these 35 target bills for this second regular session. They say most of the job is in the Senate, as some measures like the tax reform are already finished in third and final reading in the lower chamber.

    While the barangay elections are already in October, the bill for the postponement of the barangay elections is not in the priority agenda of both Houses.

    “Hindi ito legislative agenda dahil hindi pumapabor si Senate Minority Leader Frank Drilon. On the part of the House okay kami. Postpone the elections, no hold over, doon nagkakatalo kasi eh, ” said Fariñas. —  Joyce Balancio | UNTV News & Rescue

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