Enrile, Recto remain villains in RH bill – Pia

By Danny Buenafe, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau Chief

Posted at Nov 02 2012 01:47 PM | Updated as of Nov 02 2012 09:54 PM

LONDON - Senator Pia Cayetano remains confident the Senate will vote on the controversial Reproductive Health bill before the year ends.

She expressed dismay, however, at the dilatory tactics being employed by her colleagues in the Senate, obviously trying to spark further public debates on the bill that is facing strong opposition from the Catholic Church.

She could not hide her emotions against some of her colleagues opposing the RH bill.

Cayetano is scheduled to speak Tuesday before members of the British Parliament on issues related to women and family relations.

Despite the grueling deliberations on the 2013 budget and the sin tax bill, Cayetano assured there is enough time to vote on the measure.

As main sponsor, the lady solon claims she is left with only two senators to deal with for further amendments to the measure: Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Senator Ralph Recto.

Enrile is vehemently opposed to the use of contraceptives.

She said they also have a moral obligation to pass the bill, which she said should be detached from any religious conviction by those voting or rejecting the bill.

Political dynasties

On the equally-controversial political dynasty bill, Cayetano is open to early committee hearings.

The Cayetano family is among those highly criticized as one of those ruling political families. 

Cayetano’s brother, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, is seeking re-election in next year's mid-term polls. The wife of Alan, on the other hand, is incumbent mayor of Taguig, Lani Cayetano.

The younger Cayetano said her attachment to her brother is more of a liability than advantage. She said the track record of the political families should be part of the parameters in drafting a new law on anti-political dynasty.

The measure came into the fold in lieu of too many senatorial candidates who have strong family ties with incumbent elective officials.

Apart from Alan, other senatorial hopefuls are: Jackie Enrile, son of the Senate President; Congressman JV Ejercito Estrada, son of former President Joseph Estrada; Congressman Sonny Angara, son of Senator Edgardo Angara; Bam Aquino, cousin of President Aquino; and Nancy Binay, daughter of Vice President Jejomar Binay.