MANILA, Philippines -- Just moments after the House of Representatives approved House Bill 4244, also known as the reproductive health (RH) bill, on second reading, netizens used social media to express their views on the controversial measure.
The bill is now one step closer to passage, after 113 representatives voted "yes" to approve the bill, and 104 voted "no" in nominal voting.
The hashtag #YesToRHBill trended nationwide on micro-blogging site Twitter Thursday morning as pro-RH netizens showed their support for the lawmakers who voted "yes" for the bill.
Even known personalities such as Lea Salonga and Bianca Gonzalez also expressed their joy over the results of the much awaited voting.
Lea Salonga said, "In case you didn't already know my stance, I am for the RH Bill. #yestorhbill"
"And just like that, my heart is filled with hope," the Tony Award-winner continued.
Bianca Gonzalez tweeted, "Its not about just giving birth! its about caring for the child and giving him or her good quality of life!!!! #RHbill #YesToRHBill"
A 'victory' for the Filipino people
Many Twitter users also said they admire the pro-RH congressmen who fought hard for the measure's approval.
Ed Cruz, whose username is @thisfire, said, "I salute the 114 men and women of the HOR who voted #YesToRHBill! Thank you!"
"Kudos to all the free-thinking, bright minded TRUE representatives of the people!! #YesToRHBill," tweeted @EdwardSantillan.
Netizen JayRobby tweeted, "Victory for philippine democracy #YestoRHBill so happy. As medical professional, i can be happy for millions of women out there."
Likewise, @jezdc said, "Natalo man sa larangan ng sports ngayon, nagtagumpay naman sa isa sa pinakamalaking parte ng ating pagkatao bilang Pilipino #YesToRHBill"
Lanie Arcaya posted, "Children must born by choice not by chance. #YesToRHBill"
'Did they read the bill?'
Some social media users, meanwhile, criticized those who voted against the measure, claiming these lawmakers do not fully understand what the bill is all about.
Janelle Cruz tweeted, "before saying #NoToRHBill, did you even read the content? did you research about it too? because rh bill is actually pro life. #YesToRHBill"
"Hindi ba kinikilabutan mga to when they use God as an excuse to vote No? #yestorhbill," Chris Co, whose username is @iamcrakeco, said.
Netizen Kat De Castro said, "Why do I feel that some who voted NO just need the support of the Church for the upcoming elections?! #mgaplastik #YesToRHBill"
Netizens still not losing hope
While pro-RH netizens dominated Twitter world Thursday morning, anti-RH netizens also used social media by using the hashtag #NoToRHBill to express their dismay over the House of Representatives' approval of the RH bill.
Micah Delle said, "I can't believe there are a lot of Christians saying #YesToRHbill.Geez! You're surely ignorant of what it will cause. #NoToRHBill #YesToLife"
Netizen Yuan Paolo Nebres tweeted, "A nation that kills its own children is a nation without hope. -Blessed Pope John Paul II #NOTORHBILL"
"Hay ayokong magbayad ng buwis para sa #RHBill na yan. In the end mas nawalan pa tayo ng choice kung san gagamitin ang pera natin #NoToRHBill," @codemickeycode said.
Katryn Leonor said, "Iboycott ang mga Pro-RH politicians. Huwag na silang hayaang makaupo sa pwesto sa susunod na eleksyon! #NotoRHBill"
But despite the disappointment they were feeling, anti-RH netizens said they will still continue fighting against the measure.
Gaudette Sunga said, "Even though the RH Bill has been passed. We are still doing our role as Catholics. We are still against the RH bill. #NoToRHBill"
Hazel Keith, likewise, said, "Basta ako. Habambuhay ko ipaglalaban ang buhay. #NoToRHBill"
"Whatever happens... No matter how broken this world is becoming.. GOD is god and HE is faithful. #NOTORHBILL. No worries," said @jajaashana.
Twitter user Ann Clariz Yap posted, "aryt..may 3rd reading pa nga pla..may pag asa p.. #NoToRHBill"
The controversial bill will now move to the third and final reading on Monday.
The lower House will then wait for the results of voting in the Senate version of the bill before the lawmakers tackle it in a bicameral conference committee and submit it to the President for his signature that will formally enact it into law.