THE SENATE and the House of Representatives approved on third and final reading their respective versions of the Reproductive Health Bill. Malacañang: 2, CBCP: 0.
At the Senate, 13 senators voted ‘Yes’ to the RH Bill; 8 voted ‘No,’ and Tito Sotto was annoying as ever.
It took 14 years for our legislators to pass the RH Bill. Fourteen long years! Or as Mother Lily would say, “Shake, Rattle and Roll!”
Also at the Senate, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago vowed to file a bill that would penalize a husband “who does not give satisfying sex to his wife.” And Koko Pimentel was like, “Harsh!”
Senator Jinggoy Estrada and his half-brother, San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito both rejected the bill. Who says they have nothing in common?
Reports say if President Aquino signs the bill into law, Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Emeritus Oscar V. Cruz will be pushing for ‘civil disobedience.’ One form of civil disobedience is not paying your taxes. In short, Oscar Cruz is telling Filipinos, ‘Gayahin n’yo ako.”
Lipa, Batangas Archbishop Ramon Arguelles says President Aquino will be killing 20 million children if he signs into law the Reproductive Health Bill. That’s a bold statement from someone who has absolutely zero contribution to the population.
BREAKING: The Mayan calendar has been found. Apparently, the Mayans predicted the decline of the CBCP’s influence.
Trust and Optimism
According to a Pulse Asia survey, 80 percent of Filipinos trust President Aquino. The rest were Catholic bishops.
Another Pulse Asia survey showed 92 percent of Filipinos were optimistic about the coming year. Not as optimistic about 2013 were Mitos Magsaysay, Tingting Cojuangco and Jamby Madrigal.
Wrath of God?
At least 20 children were killed by a gunman in Newtown, Connecticut. More than 22 kids were stabbed by a deranged man in China. Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo is blaming the RH Bill for these tragedies.
Nonito Donaire Jr. beat Jorge Arce to retain his WBO superbantamweight title, his fourth straight win this year. Analysts are applauding Donaire’s showcase of consistency. Me? The thing I like most about Nonito is that he’s not a politician and game show host.
Jorge Arce was knocked out by Nonito Donaire Jr last Sunday. An emotional Mommy Dionisia Arce blamed Jorge’s change of religion for his loss.
No to Bieber
A party-list representative has filed a resolution seeking to ban Canadian pop artist Justin Bieber from visiting the country for making fun of Manny Pacquiao on Instagram. Another proof that the party-list system in the Philippines is effed up.
A party-list lawmaker wants Justin Bieber to apologize for mocking Manny Pacquiao. When will lawmakers apologize for mocking the party-list system?
The annual Metro Manila Film Festival opens on Tuesday, December 25. I’m really excited. I can’t wait to not watch the entries.
“Basically, then, there are only two kinds of solutions to the population problem. One is a ‘birth rate solution,’ in which we find ways to lower the birth rate. The other is a ‘death rate solution,’ in which ways to raise the death rate – war, famine, pestilence – find us.”
~ Paul Ehrlich, The Population Bomb
“Itong Pangulong ito ay pilit tayong hinahati imbes na tayo ay pag-isahin, palakasin ay hinahati tayo. Nangangamba ako na baka pagmulan ito ng kaguluhan sa bansa.”
~Archbishop Emeritus Oscar V. Cruz
“Alam ko rin ang isyu. Well, I welcome that tsismis na bading ako so that I can also examine my own personality and sexuality. Na-confirm ko namang hindi. Hahaha”
~Sen. Koko Pimentel on gay rumors (via GMA 7′s Startalk)
Enjoy the rest of the week!
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