Rappler.com: RH word war: Kimi Cojuangco vs Boyet Gonzales

RH word war: Kimi Cojuangco vs Boyet Gonzales

BY RAPPLER.COM
POSTED ON 11/21/2012 3:36 PM  | UPDATED 11/21/2012 4:30 PM

MANILA, Philippines – It’s been 3 months, after all, since the House of Representatives terminated debates on the Reproductive Health bill. She’s tired of waiting for her colleagues to get their act together and start the period of amendments.

One of the more aggressive advocates of the Reproductive Health bill in the House of Representatives, Pangasinan Rep Kimi Cojuangco is now accusing House Majority Leader Neptali “Boyet” Gonzales II of deliberately delaying debates on the RH bill supposedly because he has succumbed to pressure from the Catholic Church.

“No priest & nun observers in plenary lately, do they know something I don’t? Could it be bec MFLs dst s home to archbishop’s palace?,” Cojuangco said on her Twitter account @kimicojuangco.

 

“So for those that keep asking me when are we going to take up amendments #RHBILL, I don’t know! Only MFL knows,” Cojuangco added.

 

Kapag gusto ni Speaker may quorum…kapag ayaw, wala! So MFL I will keep on asking, WHEN are we going to take up the#RHBILL????????????????” she further tweeted.

 

MFL obviously means Majority Floor Leader. Gonzales is the lone district representative of Mandaluyong City, which is home to the Archbishop’s Palace. As Majority Floor Leader, Gonzales is on top of the plenary schedule, determining which bills will be tackled when.

Sought for his reaction, Gonzales said Cojuangco should “keep her mouth shut.”

“I don’t know what she had for breakfast today. In fairness to all the Catholic priests, monsignors, and bishops in Mandaluyong, they never tried to influence me,” Gonzales told reporters.

Known to be a supporter of the RH bill, Gonzales denied that he’s being pressured by the Catholic Church to delay the approval of the measure. “Besides, when Cardinal Rosales became the Archbishop of Manila, he lived in Manila not in Mandaluyong. It would be wise for her for the sake of RH advocates to keep her mouth shut,” Gonzales added.

Told about Gonzales’s response, Cojuangco tweeted: “MFL what I had 4 breakfast? I had a realization that maybe you just don’t want to take up #RHBill. We all know you get what u want. You’re THE MAN.”

Based on Cojuangco’s earlier tweets, she had been advised to patiently wait for developments. She tweeted: “I am told just keep quiet play ball…i am told you might sabotage bill…ok so am I supposed 2 b silent while YOU dribble till eternity?”

The House leadership vowed to tackle the RH bill after the passage of the 2013 government budget. They were expected to start the period of amendments as soon as session resumed November 5, but quorum has been a constant problem.

The Senate is also in the period of amendments regarding the same measure, which the Catholic Church is opposing. – Rappler.com

Interaksyon.com: FROM SESSION HALL TO SOCIAL MEDIA | House members twit one another on RH Bill

http://www.interaksyon.com/article/48579/from-session-hall-to-social-media–house-members-twit-one-another-on-rh-bill

By: Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com
November 21, 2012 3:02 PM

InterAksyon.com
The online news portal of TV5

Twitter has become the next battlefield for the Philippines’ Reproductive Health (RH) bill.

Unfortunately, it’s not between the bill’s proponents and opponents.

The latest skirmish is between one of the bill’s authors and a leader of the House of Representatives.

The word war started when Pangasinan Representative Kimi Cojuanco started posting tweets that accused Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II of delaying the bill’s discussion, citing influence from the Catholic hierarchy.

Asked to react to Cojuangco’s twitter messages, Gonzales said, “I don’t know what she had for breakfast.”

Gonzales’ remark prompted Cojuangco to post another tweet.

“In fairness to all the Catholic priests, monsignor, bishops in Manduyong they never tried to influence me. Besides, when Cardinal Rosales became the Archbishop of Manila, he lived in Manila, not in Mandaluyong. It would be wise for her for the sake of RH advocates tokeep her mouth shut,” Gonzales said in a text message.

Gonzales does not have a Twitter account.

The lack of quorum delayed the RH bill, preventing it from being tackled in the plenary, Gonzales added.

Copies of a substitute bill were distributed last month to the House members for their review.

House leaders are hoping the substitute bill could become the basis for discussion when the measure goes intothe period of amendments.

But the measure’s new version has yet to be raised on the floor since lawmakers returned to session three weeks ago.

A quorum was reported only on one day (Monday, November 19) in the eight days the House held sessions since returning from a break on November 5.

It registered its lowest attendance in the 15th Congress, with only 70 members present, on Tuesday, November 20, according to Kabataan partylist Representative Raymond Palatino.

“The lack of quorum is slowly killing the RH bill,” Palatino said in a separate tweet.