Monday, May 9, 2011

The Great Debate: To RH and not to RH

For RH bill advocates, the logic is simple: to eradicate poverty, eradicate or lessen population. There are abortions here and there, women are not being given the right for their bodies, and poor people are having babies as many as ten per family. Government is helpless in taking care of them, that's why, let's give them condoms and contraceptives. They can have all the sex that they want, for as long as they use condoms. 


Recent studies show that condoms are not effective in population control. Condoms even induce cancer among women. Condoms are not effective in preventing pregnancies. Condoms have a 15% failure rate, according to the Mayo clinic study.


Anti-RH bill advocates believe that population is not the root cause of poverty. They blame the inefficient allocation of the government's resources. They blame graft and corruption. Why not put that 2 billion pesos worth of the people's money in other priority projects, like job generation? Instead of giving it to contraceptive or condom companies, give it to the government so that the money will be used in other purposes.


I am surprised that democratic socialists like Pia Hontiveros believe in the RH bill. This is a US backed initiative and something which is more pro-government than anything. It is like admitting that the problem is not the system but the people. I thought AKBAYAN is pro-people?


Why blame the people, says Congressman Roilo Golez and former Laguna governor Joey Lina when the Philippine population density is one of the best in the world (18th in rank). Golez says that contraceptive companies will only benefit from the bill, since they would be given at least 2 billion pesos by the government thru the Department of Health. Lina, meanwhile said, that in the Philippines, the more populous an area is, the more prosperous it is. So, the population is not the root cause of the problem.


Let's admit it---BEHIND THIS RH BILL IS THE PROGRESSIVE LOBBY OF CONTRACEPTIVE COMPANIES HELL-BENT IN MAKING A KILLING. 


CONDOM COMPANIES ARE FUNDING RH BILL INITIATIVES ALL IN THE NAME OF CAPITALISM--THAT IS WORTH TWO (2) BILLION PESOS. 


I URGE RH BILL PROPONENTS TO MODIFY THE BILL AND SAY THAT GOVERNMENT WILL NOT BE THE ONE WHO WILL SHOULDER THE PROCUREMENT OR BUYING OF CONTRACEPTIVES AND GOVERNMENT WILL IN FACT, ENCOURAGE CONDOM COMPANIES TO EVEN LOWER THEIR PRICES FOR THE SAKE OF THE FILIPINO PEOPLE.


I DARE THEM. OF COURSE, THEY WILL NOT ADMIT THIS NOR WILL THEY EVER STRIKE THIS PROVISION IN THE BILL. WHY?


BECAUSE THIS IS THE "KITA" PORTION OF THE BILL. WHY ARE CONGRESSMEN INTERESTED IN PURSUING A DEFECTIVE BILL WITHOUT CONSIDERATION OF LOBBY MONEY?