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Family Planning Unites Aquino, Enrile, Marcos

Manila Bulletin
September 28, 2010, 7:21pm

MANILA, Philippines — Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Sen. Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Tuesday threw their support behind the controversial position of President Benigno S. Aquino III backing a family planning bill and in the process locking horns with the Catholic Church.

Aquino, while on his way home from his US trip, had stirred a hornet’s nest when he sided with forces that favor the passage of the Reproductive Health (RH) bill, also known as family planning measure, in the wake of the country’s runaway population that is expected to increase to close to 100 million Filipinos in the next few years.

“It is proper that a leader like him must not have a closed mind. He must have a very open, broad mind to consider all facets of every issue that will be presented to him,” Enrile said.

“No sector as far as the leadership of the nation is concerned has any vested right to push his own agenda. It is the function of the leader to see… look at problems in the light of all interests in society,” he added.

Marcos, a member of the House of Representatives in the last 14th Congress, said the President’s support for the bill is “good” even as the President, in the May 10, 2010 presidential election, “got a big support from the Catholic Church.”

As a co-author of the RH bill when he was a Lower House member, Marcos said passage of the measure is a welcome development and a big boost to the Aquino administration’s pro-family planning position.

“Nakakatuwa, kakampi natin and Pangulo,” he said. (It’s good we are allies of the President),’’ he said.


Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 October 2010 19:43 )