House quorum lack delays RH bill anew

by Jay Ruiz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 27 2012 11:46 PM | Updated as of Nov 28 2012 09:11 PM

MANILA, Philippines - After the House of Representatives adopted the substitute reproductive health (RH) bill on Monday night, the period of amendments was again delayed on Tuesday after lawmakers adjourned early for lack of quorum.

The lower House has only mustered a quorum thrice this month.

Majority Leader Neptali 'Boyet' Gonzales II believes that lawmakers prefer to stay in their districts because of the early filing of candidacies.

Many, however, suspect that lawmakers intentionally skip session to avoid a vote on the controversial RH bill that Catholic bishops vehemently oppose.

On Monday, RH bill proponent Rep. Edcel Lagman said that the Catholic vote is "pro-RH," and lawmakers should not fear the threat of the Catholic bishops junking them in the next elections if they vote for the RH bill.

Meanwhile, anti-RH bill advocates are vowing to block the bill at all costs.

Rep. Victorino Socrates is questioning all the provisions in the bill and wants to insert amendments.