Sotto: Enough senators to amend RH Bill

Posted at 08/30/12 12:30 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Vicente Sotto on Thursday said there are enough senators against the proposed Reproductive Health Bill to force amendments.

"That's something I’d like to reveal at the proper time," Sotto said when asked if his recent controversial speeches against the bill convinced his colleagues to vote down the measure.

"I refuse to answer that...I think we have numbers to amend proposed bill. That’s as far as I can say."

Sotto said the amendments will deal with contraceptives, abortion, population control and funding.

"If there are no other members of the Senate who wish to speak and there are no interpellations we will go into period of amendments and committee amendments. We leave it to Sen. Pia Cayetano and Sen. Miriam Santiago if there are committee amendments and then after that we will probably review the committee amendments and go into individual amendments before we even think of approving it on 2nd reading. Sa akin po hihintayin ko muna individual amendments baka magkadoble lang," he said.

The senator also warned proponents of the measure that should the bicameral conference committee come out with a committee report that is very different from whatever the Senate will approve, it risks being voted down by the plenary.

"That will face rough sailing after it comes back from bicam. Pag single measure pag bumalik at iba hitsura sa pumasa, delikado yun baka dun tamaan ng rejection. Di papayag mga nag-amendment na di pumasok, amendment nila. Majority of members will not agree," he said.