By getting the House of Representatives to take the crucial vote on the RH Bill today instead of tomorrow, the presidential palace has apparently outmaneuvered the Catholic Church and other foes of the Reproductive Health (RH) law.
The anti-RH bloc was gearing up for a showdown tomorrow. Not today when classes at all levels in the National Capital Region were suspended due to flooding and stormy weather. Caught flatfooted, they’re unable to muster and deploy their usual hakot, mostly consisting of students (some of them unwilling) from Catholic schools ferried by bus.
I actually didn’t expect such a neat stroke during such foul weather.
But I guess the pro-RH advocates felt time was off the essence. They did not want more of the bill’s “sponsors” to back out due to pressure from the Church and its supporters. From what I’ve heard in the past days, the margin of votes for sending the RH Bill to the House floor for deliberations had gone down to a bare handful — just enough to fill an SUV. This meant the Church only had to pressure just a few more congressmen to fulfill its aim of blocking the measure.
The question now is, did the Church and anti-RH people have time to convince this number of lawmakers between lunch today and this afternoon?
Lunch was on the house