MANILA, Philippines - Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III is ready to deliver his "turno en contra" speech on Wednesday, where he will raise arguments against the reproductive health (RH) bill.
Lawmakers avail themselves of the turno en contra after debates on a proposed measure to formally present their case.
"Kami naman ang dapat pakinggan," Sotto, a staunch critic of the RH bill, told reporters on Monday.
"We are going to expose our position. We will expose those who are really behind this, the organizations behind it, the kind of money they are spending for it," he added.
Sotto said he expects to finish his speech in two session days. Because there's no session on Thursday, he will deliver the second part next week.
"Then unless there are any other issues that any of the members of the Senate will take up, we can go to the period of amendments," he added.
During the period of amendments, lawmakers propose changes to bills. Voting on second reading will follow.
Senators may vote on a bill immediately on third and final reading only if the President certified it as urgent. If not, they have to wait three days after it was passed on second reading.
Sotto hopes he would be able to convince his fellow senators, especially the undecided, to vote against the RH bill
He also downplayed a recent statement by the United Nations supporting the bill, saying it is not the stand of the entire body.
"The UN is many different bureaus and councils," Sotto said.