Bong Revilla blames pill for daughter's death

Posted at 12/17/2012 9:35 PM | Updated as of 12/17/2012 10:32 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Yet another senator has blamed that he lost a child due to complications caused by the intake of birth control pills by the child's mother.

Sen. Bong Revilla said he cannot, in conscience, vote for the reproductive health bill because he witnessed first-hand the ill effects of taking artificial contraceptives.

Revilla said his wife, actress and Cavite 2nd District Rep. Lani Mercado, gave birth to a girl in 1990. The child died after 26 days due to a heart condition.

"Lani and I lost a daughter due to a complication caused by the use of contraceptive pills. Her name was Maria Alexandra. She was born in 1990 ngunit 26 na araw din siya na buhay. Ipinanganak po siya na butas ang puso," he told fellow senators.

Revilla said that before Mercado gave birth, she was religiously taking birth control pills.

"Hindi lamang po pumalpak yung pills, ipinanganak pa siya na may malubhang karamdaman," he said.

The lawmaker said at least 2 other senators have lost children due to complications caused by the intake of birth control pills.

Sen. Tito Sotto earlier said he lost his second child, Vincent Paul, after he was born with a weak heart and needed blood transfusions every day.

Revilla noted that the senators' children who died allegedly due to side effects of birth control pills all seemed to have heart defects.