OK. Holidays are over. Back to work, everyone. And back to our regularly scheduled programming. Topic for today as usual: Reproductive Health Bill (HB5043).
And so far, things seem kinda rosy. According to Rep. Lagman (above), the author of the bill, "We have 113 co-authors of the bill apart from the two dozen congressmen who have committed to voting for the bill." And remember, only 86 votes from the 238-member House of Representatives are needed to endorse it.
But nevertheless, we should not rest on our laurels just yet. The fat lady hasn't sung and Lord knows what depths the Catholic Church heirarchy of The Philippines will stoop to deprive mothers living in poverty from their right to plan a family.
So if you are looking for congressmen to harass and send dead rats to, please consider the following:
A. Teddyboy Locsin: this fricking guy is seriously demented, just read any of his series of articles in Business Mirror. Out of touch, out of line, and should be kicked out of office.
B. Roilo Golez: In Congress, he flashed a photo of children from the slums of Paranaque on a screen and asked "Sino ba dito sa mga batang ito ang sa tingin ninyo ay dapat hindi na sana pinanganak?" (Which of these children do you believe should not have been born at all?) Not a very convincing argument and only proof that lawyers suck.
C. Ed Zialcita: He claimed in a press statement that the provision on the bill "ensuring that women who have post-abortion complications shall be treated humanely and in a non-judgmental manner" is tantamout to AN ENDORSEMENT FOR ABORTION. And to drive the message home that all women are just mere objects unworthy of any dignity, he sponsors the fricking "Mrs. Philippines Beauty Pageant". This misogynist pig should be feathered and tarred and spat upon by a team of militant lesbians for the pageant alone.
D. Trinidad Apostol: Can't listen to this woman. Actually, I also find it hard to look at her. Click here.
E. Pablo Garcia: Sira ulo, sira ulo, sira ulo (broken head, broken head, broken head). He's one of those people who reason that if Manny Pacquiao's parents practiced family planning, there would be no Pacman.
F. Liwayway Vinzons-Chato: (Special mention) she said in a TV interview that "women who undergo BTL (bilateral tubal ligation) will go to hell." Shet sha.
G. Mary Ann Susano: She posted graphic banners of dead babies. What a freak. No further unsolicited commentary needed. Can't believe the bitch went to Harvard.
And to round things off, go harass:
Rene Velarde and Carissa Cosculluela of Buhay Partylist
J. Dodo Mandanas
just because they need to be taken down a notch and reminded that over 70% of Filipinos want this bill passed...
Now, on the opposite spectrum, start aiming pink light and love towards the following co-authors of HB5043:
Group photo (L to R): Rep. Mitch Cajayon (2nd District, Caloocan), Rep. Abigail Binay (2nd District, Makati), Rep. Darlene Custodio (1st District, South Cotabato), Rep. Cinchona Cruz-Gonzales (Partylist CIBAC)
Rep. Jesus Crispin Remulla (3rd District, Cavite)
And not in pictures, please send love to Rep. Janette Garin and Rep. Rissa Hontiveros-Baraquel.
And lastly, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU XINHUA NEWS AGENCY for the lovely shout out about RH5043.
PHILIPPINE WOMEN YEARN FOR BIRTH CONTROL
by Xinhua Writer Xu Lingui, Ana Santos also contributes to the story
MANILA, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- Struggling with a daily meal budget of less than two dollars for a family of 12, Floriza Bacli said she was happy to spoil her children a bit on the New Year Eve with something special -- half kilo of fried chicken and a quarter kilo of hot-dogs.
Squeezed inside a tiny make-shift shack made of galvanized steel and wood with her 10 underage children, 37-year-old Floriza said the family had fun on the New Year Eve, or the Noche Buena, literally the good night.
"I wished my family would be far from sickness, even though we might not get rid of poverty," Floriza said.
Read the rest here: