Lito Lapid 'fears' RH debates due to bad English

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Posted at Sep 21 2011 09:37 AM | Updated as of Sep 21 2011 05:37 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Lito Lapid wants to join the Senate debates on the controversial Reproductive Health Bill but is hesitant because he is not fluent in English.

Speaking to Senate reporters, Lapid said he is afraid to debate with RH bill co-sponsors Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago and Sen. Pia Cayetano because he might not be able to answer adequately in English.

“I’m not used to it. Firstly, I’m at a loss for words because I did not finish school. I also hardly read and even if I’ll try to catch up with my reading to be at par to them, it would take a lot of effort especially since these senators spent 10 years or more in school, what more of those senator-lawyers,” he was quoted as saying in a Daily Tribune report.

One of Lapid's concerns is the possible effect of artificial contraceptives on babies.

“I’ve seen them mostly in provinces. Could it be because of some medicines? In most cases, especially in the provinces, the youngest child ends up being mongoloid. I wonder who could provide me the answer to this question,” he said.

Reports said Santiago and Cayetano are willing to debate Lapid in Filipino.