MANILA, Philippines - Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago is singing praises of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan for supporting the Reproductive Health (RH) bill.
In a statement, Santiago said her “only prayer is that more people would be as independent-minded as Manny.”
Pangilinan was secondary sponsor in the senator’s 40th wedding anniversary with former Interior and Local Government Secretary Narciso Santiago Jr. last June 2011.
Santiago is the co-sponsor of the controversial bill. “The RH Bill would be beneficial to our people, especially the poor. No one can help us but ourselves,” she said.
Pangilinan announced last week his “complete and total disengagement from the Ateneo,” which he had generously supported financially in the past.
In a letter to Ateneo President Fr. Jett Villarin, S.J., Pangilinan said, “I do not agree with some of the CBCP’s pronouncements, including its recent stance on the RH Bill. At times, I believe the CBCP has taken positions contrary to the interest of our country.”
Meanwhile, Santiago expressed his dismay over the Senate leadership’s lukewarm approach to the bill.
“The Senate has not taken up the RH Bill for weeks. Why are they dragging their feet?” she said. “Let’s just put it to a vote. The RH Bill is over ten years old, it is cowardly to keep postponing the decision.” -- by Ira Pedrasa, ABS-CBNnews.com