One of the most controversial issues in the country today dividing an individual’s sense of right and wrong and making a din in religious opinions and beliefs in the different sects is the proposed reproductive health law; and its obvious omission during President Aquino’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) held at the House of Representatives on July 25, 2011 was not lost on the supporters of the RH bill.

The non-inclusion of the RH Bill from the SONA gave credence to those against the bill who perceived it as the president a backing down from the issue. Undaunted, proponents of the RH bill remain confident that it will pass before year’s end and some criticize the president for bowing to pressure from the religious sector. However, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa said that President Aquino has not softened his stand on the reproductive health bill. “It’s not really softening of his stand (on RH bill). He’s just opening the doors for negotiations to keep this issue from becoming adversarial.”

Congresswoman Kimi Cojuangco with Pres. Aquino after the SONA. (Photo by Dhang Manaois)

Also, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the same. “We just wanted to make mention of the fact that the CBCP is under new leadership. There has been lately a media conflict between the government and the church. That’s why we wanted to dispel that and with the new leadership coming in, we would expect a more fruitful dialogue and a more harmonious relationship.”

Congresswoman Kimi (center) with peers inside the House of Representatives. Photo taken after President Aquino’s SONA. (Photo by Dhang Manaois)

Pangasinan 5th district solon, Kimi Cojuangco, also explained that at the start of the session of the members of the Camara de Representante that morning prior to the president’s SONA, House speaker, Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. assured supporters that the very first thing that they shall be discussing is the proposed RH bill. “The speaker will not say it if it hadn’t come from the President himself!” she said.

. “It’s not really softening of his stand (on RH bill). He’s just opening the doors for negotiations to keep this issue from becoming adversarial.” … Ochoa


By 5thdistrictpangasinan Posted in Congress, RH


The following is written by a young Filipino blogger and probably reflects the opinion of many young people today. They may not have the credibility that comes with age but they do have the candor or youth behind them. These are the future beneficiaries of the RH Bill and they obviously recognize the need for such legislation in the Philippines.

This child has spoken clearly for the children. In the Filipino culture, the voice of children is usually unheard, but perhaps that custom is also another that is slowly changing just as the RH Bill is posed to change the way reproductive health is managed in this country. More and more young people are stepping forward to express their opinions even if it means going against those of their parents.

This outspokenness does not mean an erosion of the old respected customs; perhaps we should look at it as the youth do; that these changes are merely part of our cultural evolution. As the old saying goes, “The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists”. The Filipino culture is changing as we speak and the young people acknowledge this. We can bend with the times or we can allow it to break us.

…These things are supposed to be taken care of and loved and not to be treated like a blemish that you can diminish in an instant. I’m not even at my twenties yet and I understand what the Philippine RH Bill is trying to tell us better than those 100 gazillion year old people who only thinks about their pride and how the RH Bill would kill people, which it won’t.

       Everything is not about money, but how can you care for your family if you only have love to give and you do not have the capability to provide your family’s needs? Is your love enough to make them full and feel contented? The government is not always thinking of ways to spend and save money in the Philippines, they are just thinking of ways to give the people better lives where we do not have to go through the same unfortunate experiences over and over again. I also think the Reproductive Health Bill is not pertaining to everyone. It is just pertaining to people who are physically, mentally, emotionally and socially not ready for the responsibility of having children. I know we have different opinions on this, but this bill is not killing anybody, it is just preventing people who are not ready to take on the responsibility of becoming parents. Abortion is what the Philippine Government is preventing. Killing innocent children is what the RH Bill is avoiding.

I am not against the Catholic Church or anything but I always get annoyed when they add divorce in the argument about the RH Bill. It is NOT ABOUT MARRIAGE, it is ABOUT THE CHILDREN. I just feel that they don’t understand what really is going on because they couldn’t have children of their own. They just do feeding programs to a number of people a couple of times a year, do bible study sessions to a number of children a couple of times a month and tell them to go and multiply every week then they just pray for the souls of the hungry everyday. What about the children who they cannot reach out to? What about the millions of women who are going through abortion every year? What about the children who die of hunger because their parents are incapable of providing? What about the mothers who sell their children to buy food because their husbands are too busy drinking, gambling and doing drugs? And what about the children who end up being tortured and treated like pigs by syndicates who force them to beg for money?  What can we do for them? Nothing! Isn’t that more alarming?

Please don’t get me wrong, I know we have different opinions on this, but you should also understand where the poor people are coming from. We know how it feels to get hurt when Filipinos are mistakenly being branded as bums because of poor education and lack of opportunities. We know how it feels when we let people step on our pride so they can lend us money for us to start over then squeeze us till we’re dry to get their money back. We know how it feels to be defeated by life over and over again and we’re not sure if we still have the strength to stand up and carry on.

I am pro life that is why I am in favor of the RH Bill.
Please open your eyes, more children are getting hurt because of ignorance.

Please, consider the RH Bill

Please, stop abortion.


SOURCE: http://iambabypanda.blogspot.com/2011/07/reproductivehealthbillwheredoyou.html  Czarina Cajigas – Me and My Glambitio

By 5thdistrictpangasinan Posted in RH


At a media interview at the Metropolitan Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Dagupan City on July 16, 2011 after the mass and prior to the “Run for Life” activity sponsored by the church to commemorate the Dagupan earthquake in 1990, Congresswoman Kimi Cojuangco of the 5th district of Pangasinan emphasized that the Reproductive Health bill that she strongly advocates is PRO LIFE.

Representative Gina De Venecia (4th District, Pangasinan) and Representative Kimi S. Cojuangco (5th District, Pangasinan) proudly display their PRO-LIFE cards.

“The RH bill does not sympathize with abortion and I am against abortion! And I am Catholic! God wants us to enjoy the bounties of a good life. God hates to see us in pain and in sorrow. He doesn’t want us to be destitute and die of hunger. He gave us intelligence to be able to manage our lives properly!”

All these she said in reply to one “Run for Life” participant who trailed her during the media interview. As she was picking up one of the PRO-LIFE card that certifies that she is a contributor to the event, the heckler questioned her motives of why the congresswoman attended the pro-life campaign of the church when she has publicly declared her support of the RH bill.

Previously, during the mass, Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas condemned the Reproductive Health bill as “bad word” along with abortion. The stand of the Catholic clergies against the RH bill remains firm.

Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas

Thus, the presence of the congresswoman at the event was questioned because of her support of the RH Bill.

She staunchly defends her position by reiterating that the RH Bill does not in any way condone or endorse abortion, it recognizes that abortion is illegal (House Bill 4244, Section 3.i). What the bill does promote is the empowerment of women and families to choose what is prudent for their particular situation. It gives couples freedom to plan their parenthood responsibly. It gives women access to information regarding their health and pregnancy issues allowing them to make intelligent choices. The RH Bill promotes LIFE! A better quality of life as the congresswoman indicated in her statement.

Rep. Kimi Cojuangco at press conference.

Misconceptions and fallacies about the Reproductive Health Bill such as the one regarding abortion abound, fueled by the religious rhetoric that many still accept as fact. The congresswoman wants to make clear that one can be a good Catholic and still support the RH Bill.

The RH Bill does not encourage abortions nor does it further promiscuity. What it does is end hopelessness, despair and exigency by providing legal and safe alternatives. Ultimately, it will still be up to the individual to decide how they will manage their life. The RH Bill does not coerce people to do or practice or anything they don’t want to do. Each individual with their God given intelligence will ultimately have to make the choice.


By 5thdistrictpangasinan Posted in RH