Final House vote on RH bill won't last long

Posted at Dec 17 2012 11:00 AM | Updated as of Dec 17 2012 07:00 PM

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MANILA, Philippines - Deputy Speaker Erin Tanada on Monday said the House of Representatives will not take too much time in voting for the reproductive health measure on third and final reading tonight.

Speaking to ANC, Tanada said he is confident the final vote will not last to the wee hours of the morning, similar to what happened to last week's vote on the same measure on second reading.

"We expect it to be finished by 8-9 this evening," he said.

The deputy speaker said under the rules of the 15th Congress, the congressmen must first vote on the measure and the votes tallied immediately. It is only after the final vote is determined that the congressmen will be allowed to explain their vote.

Tanada said he expects pro-RH lawmakers to win the vote despite the close vote last week.

"I think we need the bill. I respect the position of the antis and I think history will judge us on what happened in the next decade if this bill has helped us or not," he said.

[email protected], December 17, 2012