June 6 & 8, 2011 are very significant days for me because that was the first time I participated and experienced lobbying advocacy of that controversial bill that will affect the future of our country. I was there as a part of Anti-RH group to support the Anti-RH congressmen specifically the young Cong. Nograles who did a privilege speech expose.
The guards are quite strict but when they saw me, they gave a consideration and gave me permission to enter even the session are not yet started. I just took some pics while waiting at the lobby.
At my back are the history of Philippine Politics. Enjoyed reading it and reminisced the past.
The tireless and full of optimism lobbyists group of Anti-RH. Rain or shine they are here to support and defend Life from womb to tomb.
At my back was the session hall of the Congress.
My second time here at congress. Noticed the big pile of papers on the top of each representative's table? I wonder if they read it all. Just wondering. :)
Pro-RH & Anti-RH supporters have separate galleries. If you will be facing the session hall.Pro-RH gallery is on the left side while the Anti-RH Gallery is on the right side.
The Anti-RH side gallery. Me along with the Prolifer's group.
Me and my companions noticed these vans of a former mayor of Quezon City now a congressman coming back and forth at the congress on the last day of the session. Probably its part of the "hakot" of the Pro-RH side. We just figured it out when at the start of the session most of the recognized audience at the Pro-RH side came from government offices and group from the said city.
Congressman Nograles was not able to give his privilege speech last June 6 . Maybe that's a part of delaying tactics. Congresswoman Garin keep on moving around the session hall and called other representatives to give their privilege speech on other impending laws. So we decided to go home early.
As time goes by I was able to understand where her speech is leading up to. She wants to stress out that we should treat Condoms and Pills as "LIFE SAVING DEVICES" rather than CONTRACEPTIVES like Viagra whom glorified for enhancing male sexuality. I just asked myself upon hearing her speech, what happening to the reasoning of this doctor? Probably on my point of view shes more on a politician now or rather a marketing representative of contraceptives than a real doctor. Sad. :(
The Anti RH gallery reacted on what she said and did some noise and warned several times to keep quite as a respect to the one speaking on the floor. She's making an emotional tactic to win the sympathy of the other representatives to vote in favor on RH Bill.
Actually on my observations, not all congressmen are listening. They have their own business to make as the session goes on. Some just walking around or talking to other representatives. Some reading or browsing their papers, calling w/their cellphones and working on their laptops.
Cong. Lagman asked permission to interpolate Cong. Nograles which I wonder why because I thought there will be no interpolations like the privilege speech of Cong. Garin. Cong. Lagman seems asking misleading questions to put the young congressman on the spot. He wants to put the fact what the Pro-RH believed that Life begins at implantation not at fertilization so there's no life yet and no terminating effect when contraceptive was used. But the young congressman bravely answered the old congressman's questions that Life begins at fertilization and most of the contraceptives devices available in the market are abortifacient.
A congressman requested a few minutes of session suspension and it was granted. Pro-RH proponents immediately had a ready table on the floor for a meeting. I wonder why people who was not part of the congress was allowed at the floor? e.g Beth Angsioco etc.
Cong. Nograles with the his fellow Pro-Life Representatives showing force.
One question that caught my interest was the question of Cong. Lagman about the proposal in the 1987 Constitutional Commission giving the right to life on the fertilized ovum. He said that the proposal was rejected by the Constitutional Commission.It was not approved, it was not constitutionalized.
The gallery of Anti-RH uproar showing an objection on what he said. I heard one commented "He's telling a lie again". I personally made some research about this and I found the best resource who can testify that the proposal of giving right to life on the fertilized ovum was not rejected, was approved and constitutionalized. It is worth noting that the particular sponsor of that particular Constitutional provision in Section II is the economist Bernardo Villegas who has the say what happened. http://fightrhbill.blogspot.com/2010/12/behind-scenes-on-1986-constitutional.html . Indeed Conception is Fertilization.. Life begins at fertilization.
Cong. Crisologo made a call to point of order and stressed out that the speech of Cong. Nograles is just a call for investigation and facts should be deal during the committee hearing and there was a certain rule violated.
The last congress session ended with a closing remarks of Cong. Edcel Lagman followed by the House Speaker Cong. Sonny Belmonte.
Along with the Pro-Lifers, we waited for Cong. Nograles at the lobby to congratulate him, show our support and gratitude for a job well done. As Pro-RH supporters came out at the lobby with Cong. Lagman, We were surprised when we heard Cong. Lagman's loud voice and the Pro-RH supporters started chanting "Ipasa! Ipasa! Now Na!" "Ipasa! Ipasa! Now Na!" . As we heard that, someone from the Pro-Lifers group started a graceful chant ( I know who she was :) ) that eventually changed the mood to a loud chant "Ibasura! Ibasura! Now Na!" "Ibasura! Ibasura! Now Na!" One of the congress guard, a woman warned us to stopped the chanting and said an insulting comments on us. One of the Pro-Lifers asked her why during the time the Pro-RH supporters were doing their chant not one of the guards stopped them. The woman guard made an alibi. Naturally they will not stopped the Pro-RH chanting with the presence of Cong. Lagman. I noticed some of the guards and employees of Congress are biased. They seem to be unfriendly and strict to the Anti-RH supporters.
My souvenir pic with Cong. Karlo Nograles. The young congressman from Davao. With me is Ms. Ellen and Mam Lorna.
My Batasan experience gave me so much learning. The experience gave me different kind of feelings of excitement, irritations, fear and perhaps added an adventure in my life's journey. Perhaps defending Life from womb to tomb will not just stop from lipservice.....a call to defend life must be lived. To Act Justly, To Love Tenderly and To Walk Humbly with the Lord. (Micah 6:8)
On the RH Bill issues...you should know the truth. Read and study the bill and research. Don't just rely on media and TV personalities. Let us make stand to respect the value and dignity of Life from womb to tomb and the Filipino Family. NO TO RH BILL!