In much of the Reproductive Health (RH) bill hullabaloo that has become not only a contentious issue, but a divisive one at that, thanks to the disinformation campaign the Catholics Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) have been directing at the poor sector of society and the bullying tactic they have been subjecting our politicians in matters of delivering the Catholic votes for them during elections, one important voice that has not been heard of is that of Vice President Jejomar Binay.
What could be the reason why Binay had been mum all these times that the controversial bill has been debated on by the pros and cons?
There is no doubt that Binay is playing it safe – not to antagonize the Catholic bishops, for political gratification, and not to be identified with the administration, for political expediency.
Either ways, it does not speak well of Binay as a political leader. Somehow he has to make a stand. The nation wants to know. Otherwise it will speak volumes of his lack of political will and it will have a negative impact on him and in his quest for the presidency in 2016.
But, while Binay is mum on his stance with the RH bill, Senate Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, a staunch anti-RH bill advocate and CBCP’s point man in the Senate, has threatened that he will resign his post and become a ‘regular senator’ just so he could filibuster and prevent the passage of the bill into law.
As a regular senator, he said, he could just “throw a monkey wrench at the bill.”
He is what I call a ‘fili-boasting’ senator, if that ever comes to being. Bah hambug!
Wake up, Senator Sotto! You are no longer an actor. You continue to be a comedian, which is at best, and a calloused public servant, at worst.
No wonder Sotto was given the “Bigot of the Year Award” at the group’s “R.S.S. (Reason, Science & Secularism) Forum” in UP-Ayala Land Technohub. The latter is a pro-RH bill defenders.
The award, according to R.S.S., is “a Filipino who best exemplifies irrational prejudice against a group of people, and who has used considerable power and influence to offend and oppress this group.” The groups of people mentioned are the poor families, especially the women and wives, who can’t afford, but want to have knowledge of the responsible parenthood program espoused by the government so as not to endanger their lives.
Is a senator of the realm a public servant and a public official elected to serve the greater majority of the people or is he being elected to serve the interests of the Catholic hierarchy – for political expediency?
How could 160 faculty members of the Ateneo de Manila University – a university run by the Jesuits – various professional women organizations, respected women proponents of the bill in the senate – Senators Miriam Defensor Santiago and Pia Cayetano – be wrong in supporting House Bill 4244, or The Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Population and Development Bill, and Sotto, right, in disfavoring it vehemently?
Where does he think he comes from that makes him more knowledgeable and head and shoulder smarter than the very gender that knows better?
Have selfless and humanitarian motivations now turned into selfish and uncompassionate actions for Sotto?