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Support for RH Bill Debunked May 22, 2010

Posted by Maddog in HB 5043, Politics and Law, Prolife Issues.
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A little-known survey released early this year revealed that 92% of Metro Manila residents are against the passage of the controversial reproductive health (RH) bill, also known as HB 5043. The poll has called into question claims of wide public support for the proposed measure made by its authors and supporters.

The Filipino Family Survey, conducted from December 2-9, 2009, was conducted by HB&A International Research using the experienced field personnel of the Asian Research Organization (ARO), the Philippine affiliate of Gallup International.

According to the new poll, a great majority of those surveyed reject the salient points of the RH bill. Some 92 percent do not agree with the plan to make available free of charge birth control pills and IUDs to young teenage children without parental consent, and 90 percent do not want the government to allocate extra funds to contraceptives to the detriment of essential medicines which address the country’s top causes of death such as heart disease, cancer, pneumonia and tuberculosis.

On sex education, 87% disagreed with allowing their children to be taught by school teachers about the technical and biological aspects of sex in a co-ed environment, and possibly tutored by their teachers if they are not up to par with their lessons. Instead, 88% of parents wished to be trained on how to teach their children correctly about sex.



Ang Kapatiran Party Olongapo Sortie May 1, 2010

Posted by Maddog in Politics and Law.
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JC greets his fellow town-folk during the motorcade

Last April 10 I had the wonderful privilege to accompany Ang Kapatiran candidates on a sortie to Olongapo City, the hometown of presidential bet JC delos Reyes. The plan was to hold a small motorcade through the city and then retire to JC’s house at SBMA for a fundraising dinner where I was scheduled to perform a few songs.

We left the Ang Kapatiran Party headquarters at around 6AM and proceeded to our first stop, the Shell station on the North Expressway. After a quick breakfast, we went non-stop to Olongapo City. Not having had any sleep the night before, I made myself as comfortable as i could and dozed until we arrived at JC’s cozy and very open home in SBMA. It was around 10AM.

The rest of the day consisted of our multi-legged motorcade, meetings with small groups of voters, a late lunch, and a wonderful lugaw dinner at JC’s home. I must say, that was the best lugaw I have ever tasted!