MANILA, Philippines - Parañaque Rep. Roilo Golez has dismissed the reproductive health (RH) bill as unnecessary, saying many of its provisions are already included in the Magna Carta for Women.
As the House plenary debates on the RH bill continued on Wednesday, Golez interpellated Alagad party-list Rep. Rodante Marcoleta.
Golez believes that services like prenatal and post-natal care are already provided for in the Magna Carta.
"Ang panukalang batas ay kinopya lang doon sa existing law, Magna Carta for Women. Pag ganitong kinopya lang, redundant, dapat ibasura talaga as far as these provisions are concerned," he said.
Marcoleta, meanwhile, said the measure is still needed.
"Kahit na po nagkaroon na ng Magna Carta, alam naman nila na may kakulangan iyon, alam ba nila, nakalagay ba doon ang freedom of choice?" he asked.
Golez also raised concerns about abortion, saying that prominent RH advocates like U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton promote abortion.
"Baka naman iyan ang long-term plan, gayahin si Secretary Clinton. Naalala ko, the principal author from Albay sabi maraming bansa na may RH. Hindi niya nabanggit, marami doon may abortion na," he said.
Marcoleta, however, reiterated that the bill is anti-abortion.
"Nakikita natin na spekulasyon lamang po ang kanilang pananaw na maaring mapunta sa abortion. hindi po eh, ang bill na ito ay patungo dun sa lalo nating ma-address yung dami ng pangyayaring leading to abortion," he explained. - with ANC