Lucy Torres: Faith drives me to block RH Bill


Posted at Sep 10 2012 09:48 AM | Updated as of Sep 10 2012 10:24 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez is against the passage of the Reproductive Health Bill.

In an interview on ANC Headstart, Torres-Gomez said the Magna Carta for Women already provides protection for women and she doesn't see the need for another bill.

She said the P3.8 billion alloted for buying contraceptives is too much.

She also said her faith influenced her stand on the controversial bill.

"As a person, we have religious convictions. We can't take away our faith and say, I'll be really clinical about this and I'll decide based on facts. It cannot be. Religion especially here is an integral part of our society. It is an integral part of you as a person and I cannot talaga, in conscience, decide for or vote for the RH Bill. I feel it will, the moral fiber of our society will disintegrate," she said.

Meanwhile, Torres defended the tarpaulins in her district which bear her face and her husband's.

She said the tarps are funded by donations and are meant to promote transparency of the projects.

"It's really well-intentioned. For me, it's about being transparent, showing the people that there are no ghost projects," she said.