RH bill advocates welcome Aquino support

by Jay Ruiz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 25 2012 02:36 AM | Updated as of Jul 25 2012 07:31 PM

MANILA, Philippines - A day after President Benigno Aquino endorsed the consolidated responsible parenthood bill, or more popularly known as the reproductive health (RH) bill, advocates pushing for the measure held an executive meeting to discuss their next moves to make sure that the bill will be tackled in the coming weeks.

RH bill advocates thanked the President for endorsing the proposal.

They hope that lower House leaders and members of Congress will support President Aquino to pushing for the bill. 

Rep. Edcel Lagman said with the President's endorsement and House Speaker Sonny Belmonte's resolve, the RH bill will be approved by the House of Representatives. 

He hopes that Liberal Party (LP) members will toe the line and vote for what the President wants. 

Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat, an LP member, said that the party's leadership should make a stand and support the President in his legislative agenda to push for the passage of the RH bill.

Pangasinan Rep. Kimi Cojuangco said it is time that the House approved the RH bill because Filipinos people need a comprehensive reproductive healthcare program. 

Belmonte said he has called a caucus of House leaders to fast-track priority bills.