Anti-RH bill lawmaker goes ballistic
MANILA, Philippines - A congressman opposing the reproductive health (RH) bill went ballistic in the lower House Tuesday amid his fears that fellow lawmakers behind the proposed legislation would push for the period of amendments on the measure.
Rep. Rufus Rodriguez shouted at House Secretariat officers, accusing them of "cheating" in the count of congressmen at the session hall on Tuesday afternoon.
He said that based on his count, there were only 111 congressmen while the House Secretariat counted 158.
Rodriguez was able to force the House of Representatives to adjourn the session.
Many congressmen were disappointed with Rodriguez's actions.
House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales said that the accusations of Rodriguez are unfair and untruthful, and stood by the count of the House Secretariat.
He wondered why Rodriguez had to resort to shouting and falsely accusing the House Secretariat.
Rep. JV Ejercito was also disappointed by the actions of his colleague because the landmark "kasambahay" bill that he co-authored was supposed to be tackled and passed on third reading on Tuesday.
The disruption also delayed the bill's approval.
Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello said the actions of Rodriguez are unacceptable.
He said Rodriguez should be reprimanded by the House leadership.
Rodriguez said he will question the quorum every day and vowed to fight the RH bill every step of the way.