I’d like to give you a glimpse of the pitched verbal battles that went on for years before the passage of the Reproductive Health Law.
My husband Alan was very much a part of those battles.
In his post for ABS-CBN News today, he writes about the agony, the ecstasy and the comedy of it all.
Pls click on the link below to read it –
Meanwhile, I’m just trying to recover from a nasty cold.
But you’ll hear from me soon.
Above source: RH Bill finally signed into law By Karen Boncocan INQUIRER.net
PNoy yet to sign RH law, Palace says by RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News, Posted at 12/28/2012 8:46 PM | Updated as of 12/28/2012 9:09 PM
Just like any other law, the success will be on the effective and efficient implementation.
Ancient Mariner says
Raissa, Alan and the CPMers may I wish you a merry, merry Christmas and a New Year filled with Raissa generated intrigue.
2012: THE YEAR THAT WAS
On the first month of ’12 the DOH consi__dered,
The New Yea__r is the deadliest
On the second month of ’12 a 6.9 jolted Negros and Cebu,
At least 52__ were killed
On the third month of ’12 an earthquake hit Surigao,
65 or so were injured
On the fourth month of ’12 Navy at the Shoal almost had a skirmish,
China ties further severed
On the fifth month of ’12 Impeachment was concluded,
On the sixth month of ’12 Manny had another fight,
Pacquiao lost to Bradley
On the seventh month of ’12 the RP Team went to ‘Lympics,
Went home with NO medals
On the eighth month of ’12 typhoons, flash floods, and plane crash hap__pened;
More deaths and injuries
On the ninth month of ’12 Cybercrime Prevention Act was signed,
Cyber Libel included
On the tenth month of ’12 Bangsamoro Agreement already framed,
Good news too in 2012__
On the eleventh month of ’12 Tagle became a cardinal,
On the twelfth month of ’12 Pablo struck dead a-plen__ty,
More deaths and misery__
@chiwee. Your post at 12 which says“…napunta na lang ba sa kangkungan ang mga programang makabuluhan (POPCOM) nung panahon ng diktaturya kasi, identified na Marcos era siya?” has put me to work.
This is my findings: I found this piece of writing, posted March 2003, with the title “Arroyo Used Pills, but is against Birth Control” written by Marites N. Sison. You can read Marites’ article in full here:
Since the article is quite long, I’ll try to make it brief by lifting pertinent paragraphs only to show how five Presidential terms (Marcos, Cory Aquino, Ramos, Estrada and Arroyo) dealt with POPCOM (Population Commission) program before it got fed up and dived into the “kangkungan.”
Marcos’ creation of POPCOM. Marcos created POPCOM in 1969 “to regulate population growth and reduce fertility rate with the goal of achieving economic development.” He put NEDA Chief Gerardo Sicat as Chairman but was eventually replaced by Placido Mapa “who was a member of the ultraconservative Catholic group Opus Dei.” During his brief Chairmanship, Mapa could not come to terms with his conscience “to advocate a government policy that would include the distribution of supplies for birth control.”
Cory Aquino’s term: Aquino’s choice of Dr. Mita Pardo de Tavera, a devout Catholic, as the Sec. of DSWD and head of POPCOM, reflected her stance on family planning. U.P. School of Economics Prof. Alex Herrin has said that “While there was a strong fertility reduction objective during the Marcos era, there was none during the Aquino administration.
Ramos’ term: Ramos, a Protestant, entrusted the management of family planning policies to the Dept. of Health headed by Dr. Juan Flavier. In addition to setting aside money for buying birth control pills and other contraceptives, he even launched an anti-AIDS campaign that strongly featured the use of condoms. This provoked the Church leaders to rise in arms against Flavier.
Joseph Estrada’s term: Following Ramos for not wanting to upset the Church, Estrada adopted the same “hands off” policy by relying on “his Cabinet to shield him from controversy. But his stance didn’t prevent him from almost becoming the “first president to allocate a big amount for contraceptives” had it not been for his impeachment.
GMA’s term: Afraid of incurring the Church’s ire, GMA did not use the P100-million congressional insertion for the purchase of contraceptives as proposed by Flavier before Estrada’s impeachment. Instead, she pursued family planning policies with the cosmetic names “Responsible Parenthood” and Informed Choices.
Pnoy Aguino’s term: No need to prep you on this, except to say, the Church is not easy to give up. There is still the SC hurdle.
So how does one describe the fate of POPCOM before it dived to the “kangkungan”?
Let’s hear what Prof. Alex Herrin has to say: the “persistent and consistent opposition of the Catholic Church hierarchy to the government population policy of reducing population growth as well as the promotion of artificial family planning methods” is the “single most important factor influencing population policy-making” in the last three decades.”
The fate of the POPCOM program, like any well-meaning government program designed to alleviate the suffering of the mass of Filipino poor, is a classic example why our “rocket of state” can never take off from the lift pad because it either lacks adequate booster fuel to escape the “gravity” of backwardness of Filipino society or is overflowing with decadent mentality payload.
@raissa @alan @cpmers:
breaking my silence to wish you all a happy holidays! i wasn’t able to participate in the discussions but kudos to you for all the facts, opinions and discussions! you have certainly aided the growth of our country as a nation! here’s to another year of the cyber plaza miranda!
@raissa and @alan: thanks to you both for your tireless hosting of this cyber venue!
Merry Christmas Everybody!
Raissa and Alan and all the genious CPMers, may your christmas be the merriest yet and wishing that 2013 will bring good health, happiness and more oppurtunities your way.
Raissa, I always enjoy your blogs and the comments. Special shout outs to the likes of Johnny Lin, Baycas, Joe Am, Springwoodman, Leona, Cha and all of those who contributed through valuable researches and intelligent comments. More power you all! Cheers!
Thank you, Emgeee
A Blessed Christmas to you!
From Rappler’s news: psychological tests for candidates to judiciary posts “to be scrapped?” as it is causing delays in screening. Why not require all candidates for those posts to have already their own psychological tests results when they file their applications with the JBC?
If any judge or judges etc., afterwards starts weirdo, the doctor who gave a passing test must be DE-DOC by the PRC Office!
Also requires such people to have Lie Detector tests results….never made a legal lie in practice or in court. If found otherwise in their decisions, etc. subject the Examiner of the tests to water-boarding test!
All tests are good for the JBC screening. Why remove them? That is scrapping the Judiciary rather than the tests!
vander anievas says
i just wonder if anyone can furnish or post in this blog a list of all doctors who certified corrupt officials as sick to be qualified for hospital arrest. who knows, baka iilan lang sila na paulit-ulit na nagbibigay ng pabor sa mga buwayang opisyales.
so they can be subject to cpmers scrutiny…
just an idea…
@vander…the courts have those medical files issued by the concerned doctors. The problem is judges are probably as sick also!
Some judges takes “hook line and sinker” those certifications issued by the doctors! Actually, maybe something is rotten in Denmark here. That is A JUDICIARY PROBLEM…SO BIG A HEADACHE many judges likes to have.
The money side for/to these doctors is so tempting!
vander anievas says
we need to know those judges silent on the issues.
i think the FOI bill will boost our drive to further probe on those issues.
so my barrel shoots for that bill come 2013…
pnoy’s track is getting clearer…:)
@vander…Merry Christmas to you!
Merry Christmas to one of my favorite CPMers!
Re: psych tests. One can actually fake one’s answers to those tests to come out looking like a wel balanced mentally stable individual. Like you can answer no , you don’t believe that people are out to get you, even if you were just pursued by a gang of carnappers on your way to the psysch test. :)
I once flunked a psych test myself because I didn’t finish answering all the questions. I was annoyed at the person administering the test and wasn’t desperate enough for a new job to suffer his presence :).. Thankfully I was still asked to come for an interview after which I was asked to just take another psych test. This time around I got to answer No, i don’t think people are out to get me :)))
@Cha…you’re right! Maybe Pyscho tests by JBC is of no use. Palakasan Test is much better. One candidate doesn’t know a bit of anything but just the same PASSES and gets the high post thru courtesy of Papa god-father or mama god-mother!
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU!
vander anievas says
yes agree ako na mas nangingibabaw ang palakasan. each one is a patron of another.
jbc and ibp are getting erratic once the power that be intervenes. proof are the slow-foot justices glued on their seats when the GREAT GMA was in power. the waves are still felt up to this time giving headaches to the new CJ.
i wish a tsunami of change sweep the judiciary and rid of the immatured tampororong AJ’s…
cpm can be a catalyst for that tsunami once again…2013 is another year for us….
I agree. These tests should be hidden behind double blinders to get the more accurate results from people. we can hide it in other surveys like credit card applications or government ID applications. we will need the cooperation of the private sector for the former, though.
Merry Christmas Pala! :)
Breaking News: Erap, Binay, JPE come to Cebu gov’s rescue (Rappler.com)
Just when we thought we could relax for Christmas, here comes the UNA-nos to the rescue of Gwen Garcia. If America is suspended over a Fiscal Cliff, the Philippines is suspended over the Beeg Cliff. Beeg, pronounced “big”, stands for Binay, Enrile, Estrada, Garcia.
This is a good test for Mar, see how he handles this crisis.
Alternative name: Dynasty Cliff?
I clearly understand….’dynasts’ (birds of the same feather) stays together.
Beautiful size-up @springwoodman!…We sure wish for X’Mases to see ’em all lose!
The una-nos were actually banished from the North Pole. The other elves got wind of their plans to take over from Santa and Mrs Claus, that’s why. The three tried to steal the list of nice children on their way out but grabbed the naughty list instead. That’s how they ended up with Garcia.
@Cha…thanks, I saw your words “banished from the North Pole,” here is a quote from Editiorial re Pres. Aquino’s speech at the anniversary of AFP and contrasted to nothing about his signing also the Anti-Disappearance law…quote –
“xxx It doesn’t help that some confusion about some of the specific provisions of the new law remains. It may not exactly be accurate to say, for example, that all orders of battle have been declared illegal. The phrasing of Section 5 of the new law limits the scope of the declaration: “‘An order of battle’ or any order of similar nature, official or otherwise, from a superior officer or a public authority causing the commission of enforced or involuntary disappearance is unlawful and cannot be invoked as a justifying or exempting circumstance.”
One can read that to mean that any order of battle, or orbat, a strategic or tactical document that, among other tasks, lists so-called enemies of the state, may be deemed legal as long as it does not include instructions that will cause “the commission of enforced or voluntary disappearance.” We realize this is a gray area with black-or-white (that is, life-or-death) consequences, so perhaps the confusion is inherent in the concept.
But whatever the reading, the importance of this provision is that the old military practice of misusing the order of battle to target noncombatants, such as journalists and NGO activists, will no longer be condoned. Surely this is worth celebrating, together with other breakthrough provisions, even in the context of the military’s own founding anniversary? By keeping the two events separate last Friday, we all lost a teaching moment. ”
That new law in SEC. 5 refers to “lawful orders,” etc. re disappearances to be committed which are unlawful and a crime now. How about ‘banishing’ those Una-nos to North Pole, is this covered by the law on disappearances?
jorge bernas says
WALA NA BANG IBANG TRABAHO ITONG MGA ELECTED OPISYAL NATIN AT PUMUNTA PA SA CEBU AT ANO NAMAN ANG TULONG NA GAGAWIN NILA DOON? PARA ANO? NANDOON SA SINALANTA NANG BAGYONG PABLO ANG NANGANGAILANGAN NANG TULONG? DOON KAYO PUMUNTA?ALAM KAYA NILA GINAGAWA NILA O NAG HAHANAP NA NANG BOTO NGAYON PALANG? NAKAKAHIYA NA PANGYAYARING ITO…
47 caught gambling…high stakes cockfights in L.A. They really catch illegal gambling there. The link
There, spectators are held liable. Here, they are not considered gambling, so, not liable.
Here jueteng billions in pesos gambling nobody is really caught…all investigations and evidence disappears! Again, no link now. Should we “rent” the L.A. cops?