Pinoys in Saudi have mixed views on RH law

By Florante Catanus, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau

Posted at Dec 31 2012 05:03 PM | Updated as of Jan 01 2013 01:03 AM

DAMMAM, Saudi Arabia - Ester Domasian, a Filipino teacher at the AlJazeera International School Dammam, was elated over the approval of the controversial Reproductive Health or RH bill this month. 

She also praised President Benigno Aquino III for signing the bill into law on December 21. The law will take effect middle of January 2013.

“Sa tingin ko mas beneficial ito sa bansang Pilipinas kasi mapipigil natin ang pagdami ng populasyon ng Pilipinas at isa pa mabibigyan ng mga magulang ng magandang kinabukasan ang kanilang mga anak by having only few children,” said Domasian.

Domasian’s colleague, Cynthia Lacson, also supported the bill. Although she is still single, she believes that the bill will help the Filipinos in planning their family and that the bill could lessen the influx of street children especially in Metro Manila.

“Ako po ay Pro RH bill dahil seeing the children around UST campus nakikita po natin na nakakaawa talaga lalo na those children nasa poor families. Makikita po natin na sila namamalimos, nakayapak tapos gula-gulanit po ang kanilang mga damit,” Lacson said. 

“Mababawasan din po ang crime na gawa ng mga kabataan kung natutukan ng mga magulang ang kanilang mga anak,” she added.

However, there are still Pinoys in Saudi who are against the RH bill like Alice Montano, administrator assistant in AlKhobar. She said it is against human rights and against the commandments of God. 

“Hindi naman ito sagot sa problema natin na dumami ang pamilya. Base nga sa sabi ng Panginoon na magparami kayo, so, ibig sabihin na karapatan ng bawat tao na dumami at bigyan ng karapatan na mabuhay dito sa mundo,” Montano said.

Montano added that the bill will encourage pre-marital sex and will destroy family values. 

She is supporting the Catholic Church position against the law which proponents say will help moderate the nation's rapid population growth, reduce poverty and bring down its high maternal mortality rate.