Palace stays mum on RH bill

by RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 28 2012 08:46 PM | Updated as of Dec 29 2012 06:22 AM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - The Palace has remained silent on President Benigno Aquino's signature on the reproductive health (RH) bill.

This, amid rumors over social media last night that the bill has been signed into law.

Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said Friday that the Office of the Executive Secretary has not yet issued any advisory on the matter.

Valte explained that after being approved by Congress, an enrolled bill is sent to the President for his signature.

Only after it is signed will a bill be sent to the office of the executive secretary for numbering and processing, validating, and bar coding.

Valte added there is still no word if there will be a signing ceremony similar to the sin tax law signing.

In a related development, Valte said the Bureau of Internal revenue has published the revenue regulations that will serve as the implementing rules of the sin tax law.