Palace OK with substitute RH bill

Posted at 11/27/2012 3:51 PM | Updated as of 11/27/2012 7:38 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Malacanang can only express happiness that the reproductive health (RH) bill is already moving.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte told reporters they have no problems with the House of Representatives’ move to come up with a substitute bill to address the measure’s controversial provisions.

“At least it's a good development. We have always said at one point or another, whichever way the vote will go, at least meron pong definitive na ‘yes’ or ‘no’ na po talaga. And at least, nagpo-progress na po sila when it comes to tackling the responsible parenthood bill," she said.

The latter is Malacanang’s answer to several versions of the RH bills drafted in different Congresses by staunch supporters of family planning and contraception.

On Monday, the lower House managed to move forward by introducing changes such banning contraceptives that can be considered as abortifacients.