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UP and Ateneo professors issues support on RH Bill

March 25, 2011 1 comment


UP, Ateneo profs voice out support for RH Bill

MANILA, Philippines – Lending more academic backing to a national advocacy, faculty professors from the University of the Philippines and Ateneo de Manila University gave their overwhelming support to the Reproductive Health Bill.

In a joint statement signed by 241 faculty members, the group said “our studied and collective opinion is that House Bill 4244 is a vital piece of legislation. Its passage will mandate policies which will save women’s and men’s lives, improve infant survival, enhance young people’s health and well-being, and enable couples and individuals to make responsible decisions in planning their families.”

They said the bill is also necessary to achieve the goals of “social equity, poverty reduction, and national development. There is overwhelming scientific evidence that these goals can be achieved without resorting to population control.” They said they have been abreast with issues being hurled against the bill, even undertaking their own studies and participating in legislative processes.

“Our reading of HB 4244 is that it is not a population control bill, nor does it violate any other rights and freedoms. HB 4244 in fact promotes the sexual and reproductive rights, the right to health, and the right to informed decision making of all Filipinos but especially the poor, in fulfillment of the provisions of our Constitution and our obligations under international covenants,” they added.

They lambasted the way science has been “misused” by those opposing the bill. “We have seen the misrepresentation of easily verifiable information, such as the actual text of the proposed bill. We have witnessed the misuse of outdated studies, data that have already been disproven, or studies that cannot be replicated to support what are merely ideological positions,” they stressed.

The faculty members also expressed concerns over reports that some teachers offer incentives to students who make or engage in anti-RH activities. “We believe that it is an abuse of our role as value formators to dictate the political actions of our students in this way. We denounce any such violations of our duties to inculcate critical thinking and respect our students’ right to their own opinions. We denounce this, regardless of whether the teacher is for or against the RH Bill,” they stressed.


senator nene pimentel dives into a pool of shame and dishonor with “insertion” remark towards mar roxas, takes the senate with him

January 26, 2010 10 comments

we watched with disgust what happened at the senate on the manny villar censure debate on the C-5 controversy. the senators – jamby madrigal, allan peter cayetano and nene pimentel turned the senate floor into a floor of shame and embarrassment when they exchanged trash talk unfit for sennators who were elected by the people. we feel the senate was tainted with shame and dishonor.

we take particular offense on senator pimentel’s bastos remark towards senator mar roxas. we thought pimentel was one of the more respectable senior senators among them. he had always something to say on national issues and often times they were of law and made a lot of sense. but we think this remark of senator pimentel had taken him to dive into a pool of shame and dishonor. 

The debate took a turn for the worse when Pimentel used the same word to comment on Sen. Mar Roxas’ defense that he, too, had no insertion in the national budget.

“After your marriage, you will have your insertions,” quipped Pimentel, a rather unsavory remark that drew Roxas’ ire.

“I demand that that be removed from the record!” shouted Roxas. “This is an affront to my wife.”

Roxas was recently married to broadcast journalist Korina Sanchez.

“Then remove it immediately,” retorted Pimentel.


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latest update:

Pimentel apologizes; Roxas gets ice cream, cake

Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas’ remark that it was a pity some men turn vulgar when they grow old may have worked.

On Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. asked for forgiveness for using “intemperate language” during heated Senate debates on Monday on a resolution seeking to censure Sen. Manuel Villar over alleged “double insertions” in the controversial C-5 road budget.

Pimentel had said Roxas would have his own “insertions” now that he was married.

“To those who I might have hurt in this chamber by the use of intemperate language or unseemly expressions, I apologize and beg their forgiveness from You through You, O Lord,” Pimentel said as he led the chamber in its opening prayer.

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tony oposa, eco-warrior deserves our applause and support

August 24, 2009 Leave a comment

we applaud professor tony oposa for his efforts and we wish him success. the country and most specially the governnement must take environnmental problems seriously. manily bay is right in the middle of metro mmanila, we deserve unwavering dedication and action from the government.

pdi august 24 MANILA BAY CLEAN-UP


Eco-lawyer presses Manila Bay cleanup

tony oposa, eco-warrior

By Alcuin Papa
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:49:00 08/24/2009MANILA, Philippines—An environmental lawyer who won a landmark case ordering government to clean up Manila Bay will ask the Supreme Court to cite government officials, including six Cabinet members, in contempt and jailed for failing to do their part in the cleanup.

 In a motion to be filed Monday, lawyer and University of the Philippines professor Tony Oposa asked the high court to cite in contempt Interior Secretary Ronaldo Puno, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap, Public Works Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane, Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya and Education Secretary Jesli Lapus.

Also facing possible contempt charges are Jojo Allado of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, and the heads of the Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Ports Authority and Maritime Police.

Oposa, who is set to receive the Ramon Magsaysay Award on Aug. 31, said the Supreme Court’s decision in December last year ordering the cleanup of Manila Bay directed certain government agencies to inform the high court the steps they have taken to comply with the decision.

“I hope our motion will make these government offices take the Supreme Court decision seriously and to take the rule of law seriously,” Oposa Sunday told the Inquirer.

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