it was quite close: 113 yes, 104 no, 3 abstentions. so the NAYS may have sounded as loud as the AYES in the viva voce, therefore valid naman the anti-RH call for nominal voting. also, the hope may have been that, with the church watching from the gallery, the undecided / ambivalent / wishywashy reps who believe in a catholic vote might be intimidated enough to vote against the bill. which may explain the slim margin, clearly not representative of the 7 out of 10 filipinos who favor RH.
there’s talk, of course, as usual, of rewards from either the palace or the church in exchange for a yes or a no. no one’s offered any proof, of course, and i wouldn’t even have mentioned it except that on ANC i just heard a report that the president denies he dangled pork barrel funds for the passage of the RH bill. makes you wonder what kind of rewards the church, for its part, mayhap dangles for the defeat of the RH bill. the anti-RH catholic vote? but that’s only 3 out of 10 filipinos at best?
which, again, makes you wonder why, over in the senate, a minority is calling the shots on the RH bill. sotto has managed to delay delay delay his final interpellation, kung kailan he promises to demand amendments that will allegedly seal all alleged windows, cracks, holes through which a pro-abortion law might allegedly steal through in some alleged future. fortunately, senators pia and miriam are no pushovers.
samantala, the church has not conceded defeat on the RH fight, umaasa malamang na some reps will change their votes and swing the tide in their favor on third and final reading. sana naman hindi. sana, kabaligtaran ang maganap — NO votes going YES on third reading, alang-alang sa kababaihan.
here’s a list of the 104 NAY-sayers and 3 abstainers: kalampagin to vote YES, if s/he’s your representative!
here’s a list of the 113 AYES-who-have-it: palakpakan at iboto muli!