MANILA - President Aquino said proponents and opponents of the reproductive health (RH) bill should not treat each other as enemies.
“Let us move on… to ensure that all the positive attributes of the bill is what happens. Let us not treat people who have divergent opinions as the enemy. There are no enemies within the country. Between Filipinos, we shouldn’t treat each other as the enemy,” Aquino said during the Bulong Pulungan media forum at the Sofitel.
A day after Congress voted to pass the RH bill on third reading, President Aquino said all parties should come together and work for the welfare of women and children.
“This was not a battle where there are victors and losers. This is a battle where the country can be, especially the women and the children, can be victors. We have to work to ensure that everybody is committed to doing that,” Aquino said.
Aquino is not claiming credit on the passage of the RH bill despite certifying it as urgent.
“Let’s give credit where credit is due. I’d really like to say alalay lang ako doon. It’s Congress who decided. They were the ones—members of Congress went really through tremendous pressure and at the end of the day, I think, I can’t say I facilitated it. All I can say is I assisted because I really believe in objectives of the measure. But to claim any credit for it—even an equal credit—is, I think, presumptuous and improper on my part,” he said.
Aquino made these comments on RH when was asked what his Christmas wish would be. He said people getting united would makes his job easier.