Senator: Passage of RH bill depends on House debates

MANILA -- Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago said Monday it will be pointless to have senators debate on the Reproductive Health (RH) bill if its counterpart measure at the House of Representatives is defeated.

To become a law, both houses of Congress must pass their version of the bill. When that happens, a bi-cameral conference committee will be formed to iron out differences in the two versions. It then becomes a law unless President Benigno Aquino III vetoes it. With his declared support for the RH bill, it is unlikely that the President will use his veto.

Santiago, author of the Senate version of the bill, said the RH bill "seems to be headed for a win" at the House.

"If the RH bill is passed in the House, the political momentum will be carried over to the Senate. The senators will realize that the surveys are correct and the majority of the public support RH as part of every individual’s freedom of conscience,” she said. (Jonathan de Santos/Sunnex)

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