Party-list topnotcher eyes repeal of RH Law

by David Dizon,

Posted at May 24 2013 01:40 PM | Updated as of May 24 2013 09:40 PM

MANILA - A party-list group founded by El Shaddai leader Bro. Mike Velarde is eyeing the possible repeal or amendment of the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) Law after the group topped the May 13 party-list elections.

Former Manila Mayor Lito Atienza, second nominee of Buhay Hayaang Yumabong (Buhay) party-list, said the group is almost certain of getting the maximum 3 seats in Congress after getting over 1.25 million votes in the election.

"Obviously our people, our electorate, identified themselves with our advocacies and what we explained during the campaign," he said in an interview on ANC's Dateline Philippines.

He said that, with over 130 parties to choose from in the party-list race, the over 1.25 million votes for Buhay is unprecedented.

In the interview, Atienza said Buhay will continue its advocacy of promoting a culture of life in Congress. He said this means guarding against legislation "that will destroy the values we have inherited, our culture and our social mores."

"Ang ating kultura, ang ating pag-uugali ay dapat hindi hayaang sirain ng banyagang pag-iisip at banyagang pagpipilit na magbago tayo ng pamumuhay tulad ng nakararaang RH bill. Sa akin, kontra Pilipino yan," he said.

Asked if Buhay will move to repeal the RH Law, Atienza said he will first wait for the final results of the party-list election to see if they have the numbers.

"If we have the opportunity to do so, I am committed to support a repeal of the law or at least amending it eventually so that we will remove the totally condemnable provisions," he said.

"If we see the numbers in our favor, what will stop us from repealing it?" he added.

El Shaddai and other Catholic groups have publicly denounced the RH Law, which promotes both natural and artificial family planning methods in the country.

Both houses of Congress passed the law last December but the Supreme Court suspended its implementation for 120 days.

Oral arguments on the law are set on June 18, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.