Enrile admits Pro-RH has the numbers

SENATE President Juan Ponce Enrile admitted that the proponents of the controversial Reproductive Health bill have the number to pass the measure.

“On my reading, may numero ang mga pro-RH,” Enrile said in a radio interview when asked if he did a head count on who will vote for or against the measure.

“(May resulta na) ganun ang aking reading, mukhang ganoon na,” Enrile added.

But Enrile said the voting might be too close as what happened in the approval of the Sin Tax bill.

“Maaring maging very close (the voting)” Enrile said.

Enrile said he ask some senators on what is their position on the Reproductive Health bill, but refused to tell if he convince them to vote against the measure.

“Mabuti pa, di ko sasagutin yan dahil sasabihin nila self-serving lang ang sinasabi ko. Tanungin na lang ninyo ang ibang kasamahan ko sa Senado. Kung maroon akong kinausap kahit sino sa kanila, tanong ko lang, ano ba ang position mo dito, ganoon lang, eh hanggang doon lang,” Enrile explain.

Today, Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III will introduce and finish his amendments of the measure as agreed in the last Tuesday session. After finishing his amendments, the Senate will vote on the measure for second reading. But, since the bill was certified by President Benigno Aquino III as urgent measure, it remove the three day rule before voting for the third and final reading.

According to Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago that if the Senate passes the measure on Monday, the bicameral conference committee can meet on Tuesday and present the reconciled version in both Houses of Congress for ratification on Wednesday, and may send the ratified version to President Aquino on Thursday.

However, Enrile said that there are some senators who have no position yet on the measure, and they are still waiting to hear the arguments from the proponents.

“Marami naman din nagsasabing di pa nila alam kung ano ang kanilang position. Inaantay nila na marinig ang lahat ng mga arguement, at iyong mga amendments,” Enrile said.

But, still Enrile is confident that RH bill will be passed which the pattern can be seen on the majority of members who rejected most of his amendments.

“Makikita mo naman sa aming botohan sa amendments ko, nasa minority ang mga anti-RH,’ Enrile said.

RH bill liken to EPIRA, CARP

Enrile said the voting on RH bill should be a conscience vote in order to avoid what was the result of the Congress’ approval on Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) and Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

“Dadating ang panahon na mararamdaman ng bayan kung tama o hindi iyong decision. Kayaga ng EPIRA. Sinasabi ng bomoto sa EPIRA na magiging maganda ang resulta ng EPIRA, na makakaganda sa buhay ng mga mamamayan,” Enrile said.

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