Pharma lobby?

PARAÑAQUE Rep. Roilo Golez, a staunch ally of the Catholic Church in opposing the reproductive health bill in Congress, is raising the possibility that big pharmaceutical companies are behind the lobby for the passage of the controversial measure.

The passage of the bill will supposedly make big money for the companies that will be supplying contraceptives. Golez said lobby funds are supposedly coming out. “It seems that there is big lobby money coming from pharmaceutical companies selling contraceptives,” the lawmaker was quoted as saying.

He urged to public to be “intelligent” in looking at the issue. He said aside from it being a moral matter, it is also big business.

Of course it is expected of Golez to hit the controversial measure. He has been consistent in his opposition to the proposed bill. He said the government should preserve the sanctity of human life as mandated by the Constitution.

In an attempt to derail the passage of the RH bill, Golez sought a congressional inquiry into the veracity of supposed reports that some contraceptives can increase the risk of breast, cervical and liver cancers.

House Resolution (HR) No. 491 asked the House committee on health to investigate that “certain contraceptives are carcinogenic and hazardous to women’s health.”

When did he become an expert on contraceptives?

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From Mon Ram

“DZRH radio broadcaster Deo de Calma calls the beneficiaries “pensionadong tamad” because they get P1,400 a month without doing any work via the operations of the CCT program. Now, PNoy wants to double the budget for the CCT from P10 billion during GMA’s term to more than P21 billion.

“Statistically there is a good thing to the CCT program. The poverty threshold for all areas in the Philippines as of 2007 is P14,866 or P1,239 per month. Now, if DSWD gives out P1,400 a month to 1.3 million people, then as if by magic, 1.3 million people  are removed from the poverty group and  we have reduced poverty in the country without even generating one job!

“Thus, it is worthwhile to borrow P22 billion to reduce poverty in the Philippines? It would also look good in annual report about meeting the millennium goals. Of course, the following year, we borrow again to continue the program, and taxpayers yearly pay for the loan and interests and so on and so forth.

“Figure out if it is good or bad in the long term. In the meantime, 1,300,000 are out of the poverty group via the operation of the CCT program. While at it, why not increase the number to say, 3 million, then 4 million, etc until nobody belongs to the poverty group anymore and we have eradicated poverty in the country by a simple program called CCT? Why have we not thought of this before?” Joe Torres

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