RH debates on its constitutionality not yet over – Enrile
SENATE President Juan Ponce Enrile on Monday said the newly signed Reproductive Health Law is “not yet off the hook” on its constitutionality since it will be question before the Supreme Court.
“There is a basis to elevate the law in the Supreme Court katulad nang sinasabi ng nagdedebate, ultimately the Supreme Court will be the last resort particularly on the issue of when conception is conception, when life begins,” Enrile said in a radio interview over DzBB.
Enrile said that under the Constitution, the State must protect the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from the time of conception which where the provision of the Charter operates.
“During the debate in the Constitutional commission, the term they used is from the moment of conception which the provision of the Constitution operates,” he said.
“And who will determine that is the Supreme Court,” he added.
“The moment of conception will be determined by the SC, when the constitutional protection begins, from the time of conception, puwedeng mamatay ang life, but there is already life and the Constitution says, the life of the unborn, not an unborn rat or frog but the unborn human life,” he said.
He said the Constitutional vested to the Supreme Court as the final arbiter or interpreter of the law, not the President of the country or the House of the Representatives or the Senate even not the justices, but the Supreme Court of the country.
“(If the Supreme Court ruled on the moment of conception), that will be the purpose of that (petition) because anything that affect that life, the moment when comes into being, it will be unconstitutional, you cannot go beyond the Constitution which grants the power and limits (of the government) because the people told the State that hanggang dyan ka na lamang, magiging unbridle power yan,” Enrile further explained.
Enrile also believed that any petition against the RH law before the Supreme Court will be a political issue that will be dragged until the 2013 mid-term elections.
“That will be the most monumental issues will come the SC, yan magiging political issue din yan kapag dumulog sa SC. Ang botohan sa Kongreso ay hindi katapusan at pagpirma ng President, hindi katapusan ng debate sa RH law, at ang division ng bansa na idinulot nyan, matagal maghihilom yan kasi malalim ang hati na nangyari sa ating bansa dahil sa bill na yan,” Enrile said.
Enrile said that even the law was quietly signed by President Benigno Aquino III last December 21, 2012, the country will be still hounded by more debates not only before the Supreme Court but also during the elections.
“Even the law will be implemented but the issue had not been healed, the issue will continue and the Church is moving towards 2013 which they have the red ribbon na itatapat sa yellow ribbon, yan ang kalalabasan nyan,” Enrile said.
“Kung sinsabi nilang walang Catholic vote, dito natin malalaman for the first time in our political history na magkakaroon ng movement from the Church against the administration,” Enrile further explained.
With this, Enrile appealed to everyone to immediately heal the wound the inflicted among Filipinos during the debate on RH law, and for the government to make reconciliation effort to parties that opposed the new policy.
“Mungkahi ko sa ating kababayan na nakininig, ipagdasal nila ang sambayannag Filipino hindi magkakaroon ng malalim na sugat at magkahati-hati sa darating na raw dahil maraming pangyayari sa ating bansa na naghati sa atin,” he concluded.