President Aquino today invited members of the House of Representatives belonging to his political coalition to pass the bill as soon as possible, even in a week. Juan Ponce Enrile, President of the Senate, the other branch of Parliament, said that Aquino’s pressures will not be followed because, according to the procedures in force, the bill must pass through the Assembly three times before being voted, the more so because it is a very sensitive issue.
According to Fides Agency, Aquino intends to push for the bill to pass before the end of his term in 2016, bequeathing the country the peace agreement in the southern Philippines and a very important law on ethical issues, such as "The Reproductive Health Bill."
The Catholic Church has invited all the faithful to use "the weapons of prayer and fasting against the measure." In a note sent to Fides Agency, Bishop Gabriel Reyes of Antipolo and President of the "Commission for the Family and for Life" of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) called on Christians to "pray and fast today and in the following days so that our lawmakers do not approve the bill."
"We ask God to protect life, family, marriage and the youth in our country," Bishop Reyes said. The Bishop of Antipolo also said the CBCP requests that, should there be a vote in Parliament, the voting procedure has to be "open and nominal" and not a secret ballot, so that "people know how they voted their representatives."