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Thursday, May 05, 2011

MY FULL STATEMENT

THE LAST WORD... PROMISE.

It was hard to get an edge in wordwise last night while I was on HARAPAN. I actually had a two minute statement that I prepared to read out to Joey Lina and Roilo Golez, but there was just no time. So since I couldn't fully express my entire sentiment, here is my statement in full as written before I went on air:

Your Honorables Joey Lina and Roilo Golez.

The Reproductive Health Bill is not a new bill.

It's no secret that the RH Bill has been languishing in Congress for the last 16 years.

And unfortunately, the problems we face today are not new as well.

Because after all your fancy words have been said and done, your economic numbers and scientific data thrown about, one thing will remain for sure: outside on the streets, life is a living hell for a majority of Filipinos.

We’re still plagued by high infant mortality, high maternal deaths, overpopulation, & a skyrocketing HIV and abortion rate and it’s the worst it’s ever been in our history.

And for the last 16 years, people in Congress have been trying to pass the RH Bill, a piece of legislation that would holistically address these issues. And this bill has been held back, delayed, and shot down by Anti-RH lawmakers such as yourselves for reasons that were either legal, economic, or religious.

But it also seems that for the last 16 years, these problems that I have mentioned have gotten worse. So tell me, your honors, if your alternate solutions to the RHBill are so great, why haven’t you implemented them in the last 16 years? Why haven’t I felt its effects on a national scale? Your honors, tell me: After 16 years, why are we STILL where we are?

And since the RH bill has been shot down so many times by lawmakers like you, in effect, we have been trying it your way for the last 16 years and we haven’t seen any tangible results at all. The mortality numbers are still there and staring at us in the face.

So as a member of the public and as your boss – so to speak – allow me to say that either your solutions to these problems have failed, you aren’t doing your job, or you are just plain ineffective as public servants.

I sincerely believe it is time for us to try a different strategy, a new one. We don’t have much choices anymore. Your side has never really presented us with any. It is time to turn away from this ineffectiveness of the last 16 years. It is time to activate the RH bill and let the power of education, information, and choice create a better Philippines before it’s too late.

Because unless you Anti-RH lawmakers can present a cohesive, concrete plan of action to solve these problems holistically TODAY and right now. I’m not going to wait for another 16 years.

Let the RH Bill start doing it’s work or get out of the way. Because if you have no better solutions, then you are just part of the problem.

Sincerely,

A Filipino named Carlos Celdran

Feel Free to cut and paste and sign your own name and send it to them or any other Anti-RH congressman that you know. Let them know that we know.

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41 Comments:

Blogger J.U. said...

A masterpiece.

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nuff said, dapat tamaan na ang mga anti-RH Bill dito, tama rin naman.. kung ayaw nila sa RH Bill edi gumawa sila ng alternate na way para ma control ang continuous na paglobo ng populasyon ng Pilipinas..

-jed

4:30 PM  
Blogger Nina said...

Very Well said Mr. Celdran :)

4:32 PM  
Blogger seanmaximus said...

brave and bold:) more power!

4:34 PM  
Anonymous Vaedant said...

We need more Celdran in the society. Cheers my friend!

4:50 PM  
Blogger John said...

indeed

4:50 PM  
Blogger Will said...

Every one should take the time and read this.

5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sir Celdran i believe you are truly and inspiration with your views in the development of the Philippines. And i agree with you 100% I Support the RH Bill!

5:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

straight to the point! kudos to mr. celdran!

6:06 PM  
Blogger taweng said...

perfect!!!!

6:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After watching Rep. Manny Pacquiao's fight and ABS-CBN's Harapan: Debate on RH Bill, I really wish that I can choose who among the Members of Congress should be put in the ring so they'll be punched on the face.

PS: Please put Rep. Golez on top of the list. He claims to be an undefeated boxing champ for 4 years and one of the best debaters in Congress. After watching Harapan, I wonder if the adjudicator of Congress is mentally healthy.

9:43 PM  
Blogger Abbie said...

SOLID punch! Kick-ass! Well-written, well-said.

9:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sana nasabi to sa harapan, sa harap ng camera. HAHAHA. :))

10:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think abstinence is the best way to minimize the population of our country. It's just like eating food. If you don't want to get fat and unhealthy, then the best solution is to stop overeating. Not invent foods that can pleasurably be gorged on but are not capable of making you fat.

i.e. Let us learn how to discipline ourselves. Let us not underestimate our own capacities for self-denial. And you'll see the fruits of your efforts. I assure you. :)

10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wala naman magagawa yang rh bill na yan..believe me, kht ma-pass yan, mahirap pa rin ang pilipinas.

10:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RH bill offers no solid remedy to poverty :)

10:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

osige, ikaw na matalino!

11:03 PM  
Anonymous arpee lazaro said...

napakahirap kalaban ng simabahan. kesyo tama ka o hindi, kung simbahan ang kalaban tapos na ang usapan.

i just wish people will think about the practicality of it rather than fear the ire of an arrogant institution that has unjustly killed even their own, just to ensure supremacy.

12:44 AM  
Anonymous Jay Gile said...

This a statement that government people either anti-RH or pro and even simple filipino citizens should read to be truly enlightened and have their realizations regarding this undying issue. WELL SAID sir! :D

12:52 AM  
Anonymous Jay Gile said...

This a statement that government people either anti-RH or pro and even simple filipino citizens should read to be truly enlightened and have their realizations regarding this undying issue. Hopefully these words will put an end to the continuous deliberations about RH b! HAHA! WELL SAID sir! :D
(I'm 14 and pro-RH bill :D)

12:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like it :) well said .....
Let's go go go and fight for it.

Maybe they haven't realized
that Philippines is a very small country
and already over populated...
Or they just don't care as long they have money in their pockets... duh!!! Idiots !!!

1:06 AM  
Blogger Samantha Claire said...

Straight up to their faces...if they still don't get it, I have bad news for the Philippines...

well-said... Ctrl+C-ed and Ctrl+V-ed to spread the word...

#ipasa #ProRHBill

1:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is exactly what RH Bill means! :)

1:11 AM  
Blogger superbandam said...

very well said sir carlos celdran. i would like to share it to my friends who are anti-RH Bill.You are good in HARAPAN with your brief, concise and witty answers..

4:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sapul.

8:37 AM  
Anonymous Blogie Robillo said...

I support this statement fully.

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The RH bill basically aims to make use of tax payer’s money to purchase condoms and other birth control materials to be given free by our government health authorities. Even schools will be mandated to disseminate information population controls. End purpose of the bill is to reduce the doubling population of the country and make it manageable. But have the supporters of the bill considered this OTHER POSSIBLE MAJOR UNINTENDED SCENARIO OR OUTCOME?

IF ACCEPTANCE AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS POPULATION CONTROL IS VERY SUCCESFULL, THE PHILIPPINES WILL BECOME A MUSLIM MAJORITY NATION IN THE LONG RUN. GOODBYE ONLY CHRISTIAN NATION IN ASIA!

WHY?

Who are the active supporters and proponents of this bill? No one else but the present ELITE CHRISTIANS, INCLUDING CATHOLICS AND OTHER DENOMINATIONS WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO BE FOR CHRIST! While these CHRISTIAN groups are trying to control their population, the MUSLIMS POPULATION KEEPS ON MULTIPYING. There is NO Muslim countries, with their state religion-ISLAM endorses birth control program. Sooner than you will expect, the Muslims will be the MAJORITY POPULATION IN THE WHOLE PHILIPPINES. Do you remember that in the early ‘70’s, nowhere you will see Muslim communities in Metro Manila, but now they are everywhere.

Has anyone take a historical look at the population change in some Middle Eastern countries? Egypt, in the olden times was majority a Christian country. The rich Christians there practiced birth control by limiting the number of children to two and in the end, the Muslim population grown exponentially overtook their communities until they become minorities. This scene is duplicated in many communities in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria where once big communities of Christians thrives but all now were overwhelmed by Muslims population or even persecuted by the state religion. The demographic change towards Muslim majority in these Middle East countries, I admit though, is mainly by Islam conquest). But, no doubt, the Middle East Christians western view and practice of population control accelerated their population decline.

If passed by the Congress, it could be considered as the start of timeline in the decline of Christian Majority in Philippines and President Aquino will be etched in our history as the one who started the demise of the only Christian country in Asia-Welcome Muslim majority Philippines.

I am not against Muslims (I am an OFW in a Muslim country) but I want everyone to see the possible long run effect of what the proponents of this bills they are heading to!

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched Harapan 2 nights ago and i have to say that I couldn't agree more with you! I am simply glad that you were there to represent us Filipinos who were neither doctors, lawyers, priests nor politicians. It was great that someone had the GUTS to exemplify what everyone should be thinking of right now because this is no small issue! I salute you, Mr Carlos Celdran :)

9:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

.....the HIPOCRITE CATHOLIC CLERGIES, ALL OF THEM is a part of the BIGGEST PROBLEM OF THE PHILIP[PINES]!!!

10:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ang tanging dahilan lang naman na gustong maipasa ang RH bill is ang population natin..pero ang tanong..over populated nga ba tayo? morality is the main issue concerning in this situation..so why the hell is the connection?

12:26 AM  
Blogger Amanda Pia said...

While watching Harapan, you made the most sense of all. Statistics and talk are no match to what we actually see and encounter "on the ground" so to speak. I am a doctor and have seen first hand women in East Avenue giving birth to their 6th, 7th or 8th kid, and I tell you it ain't pretty. Not to mention the women who are brought in because they are bleeding to death or dying of infection because they tried to abort their babies.

SOMETHING SHOULD BE DONE BECAUSE WHATEVER IS IN PLACE NOW IS NOT WORKING!!!

I think we should not let doctrine and pride be the main basis for our consideration but conscience, reason and sincere concern for our fellowman.

-Pia, MD

10:19 AM  
Blogger Dan Harper said...

Koestler named the dilemma sixty years ago: "No emancipation without education. No education without emancipation."

10:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazeballs! I am full support to PRO! It'S about time.

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Chino said...

ayon sa anti-RH bill, aborsyon na ang paghahadlang na magtagpo ang sperm at egg cells. Hindi ba ganito rin ang hangarin ng sinusulong nilang withdrawal at calendar method, ang makaiwas sa conception, ang hindi makabuo ng bata? Using their flawed definition of abortion, aren't they promoting their own concept of "abortion"? IPASA NA ANG RH BILL, HUWAG MAGPALINLANG SA MGA DAMASO NG MAKABAGONG PANAHON.

Ayaw ng RH Bill sa aborsyon. Kaya ito binuo ng proponentsa ng panukala upang wala nang mangyaring aborsyon.

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

*I AGREE WITH THIS* (oo nga naman)

The RH bill basically aims to make use of tax payer’s money to purchase condoms and other birth control materials to be given free by our government health authorities. Even schools will be mandated to disseminate information population controls. End purpose of the bill is to reduce the doubling population of the country and make it manageable. But have the supporters of the bill considered this OTHER POSSIBLE MAJOR UNINTENDED SCENARIO OR OUTCOME?

IF ACCEPTANCE AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS POPULATION CONTROL IS VERY SUCCESFULL, THE PHILIPPINES WILL BECOME A MUSLIM MAJORITY NATION IN THE LONG RUN. GOODBYE ONLY CHRISTIAN NATION IN ASIA!

WHY?

Who are the active supporters and proponents of this bill? No one else but the present ELITE CHRISTIANS, INCLUDING CATHOLICS AND OTHER DENOMINATIONS WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO BE FOR CHRIST! While these CHRISTIAN groups are trying to control their population, the MUSLIMS POPULATION KEEPS ON MULTIPYING. There is NO Muslim countries, with their state religion-ISLAM endorses birth control program. Sooner than you will expect, the Muslims will be the MAJORITY POPULATION IN THE WHOLE PHILIPPINES. Do you remember that in the early ‘70’s, nowhere you will see Muslim communities in Metro Manila, but now they are everywhere.

Has anyone take a historical look at the population change in some Middle Eastern countries? Egypt, in the olden times was majority a Christian country. The rich Christians there practiced birth control by limiting the number of children to two and in the end, the Muslim population grown exponentially overtook their communities until they become minorities. This scene is duplicated in many communities in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria where once big communities of Christians thrives but all now were overwhelmed by Muslims population or even persecuted by the state religion. The demographic change towards Muslim majority in these Middle East countries, I admit though, is mainly by Islam conquest). But, no doubt, the Middle East Christians western view and practice of population control accelerated their population decline.

If passed by the Congress, it could be considered as the start of timeline in the decline of Christian Majority in Philippines and President Aquino will be etched in our history as the one who started the demise of the only Christian country in Asia-Welcome Muslim majority Philippines.

I am not against Muslims (I am an OFW in a Muslim country) but I want everyone to see the possible long run effect of what the proponents of this bills they are heading to!

5:09 PM  
Anonymous Mark Fades said...

No matter how they hold this bill to approval, it will continuously chase them. The greatest cure to this Abortion problem is to prevent babies to form.

11:34 AM  
Blogger Island Rock Entertainment said...

all the right angles on the issue are brought up correctly.. i am for the RH bill, i fear the backlash that with this bill, someone's pocket is getting selfishly filled up. somewhere out there, someone in and outside the gov't is gonna get filthy rich from the millions worth contract to supply whatever. But we do need the bill, i just hope it won't get exploited as badly as they usually would.

1:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think this phrase in your statement is the crux of the matter: "one thing will remain for sure: outside on the streets, life is a living hell for a majority of Filipinos".

this is the major issue that needs to be tackled but will take a concerted effort from all sides in order to have an effect.

in the meantime, smaller, more manageable (if that can even be said) issues, such as this RH bill, are put in place in hopes of remedying parts of the major issue: deplorable living conditions for the majority of the population. Therefore, if you, Mr. Celdran, have another opportunity to make a formal public statement, the pros of the bill must be highlighted. Also remember to ask yourself:

-why is this bill good/what is the purpose
-who will benefit and how
-who will it protect
-how will it be implemented and maintained
-will it be effective (effectiveness is different from efficacy)
-what are the repercussions

Lastly, remember that cold, hard research helps to drive your point.

good luck.

10:13 AM  
Blogger arvin pekson said...

correct... well said sir... i hope manny pooh-quiao can read and understand well... and may change his mind for the better... or rather change his advisers and researchers as well...

9:43 AM  
Anonymous JA said...

Hear, hear, Carlos. If only more people with celebrity power and guts to take a stand for human life, the sheeple of this country might actually follow. And yes, I believe the RH Bill is in many ways PRO-LIFE. There is greater injustice in allowing those who are already alive to suffer and die.

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Mabuhayboy said...

The vast majority of people in politics are indeed plundering the country or using their position to get benefits for themselves, their criminal associates, their 'pamily' and all the other fucking cronies sucking off the Filipino people. So it is not surprising that they do nothing useful as the priority is first to steal/plunder and then put out some half assed policy which ends up sinking in the midst of religious or incompetent stupor of the powers that be. The Philippines needs the RH bill but what it needs even more is less thieves, murders and swindlers in Politics.

5:53 PM  

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