The line for registration never ceased to have people signing in and it was quite interesting to see students obviously excited to listen to a discussion that is talk about not only by law makers but also of the common people.
Anyway, I'll just be posting quotes from the speakers that drove the point for me during the entire morning, both from Senator Miriam and Pia.
First to speak was Senator Pia Cayetano. He are the words that I thought made an impact.
"We are blind, stupid, ignorant, if we refuse to acknowledge this fact (11 maternal deaths a day due to complications of child birth or pregnancy) or acknowledge it but refuse to do anything about it"
"23% of 15-27 year olds are sexually active"
"We should be able to distinguish between myth and facts (of child-bearing and childbirth)"
"RH is understanding your body and developing a wholesome and healthy view of your body"
She gave quite a moving speech, arguing (yes in front of a Pro-RH crowd) the features and positive outcomes of passing the bill. She also gave due respect to her colleague (and self-admitted idol) Senator Miriam. Her exact words were "Senator Miriam is my idol because she's the only one who could talk about sex in the senate floor".
Then it was Senator Miriam's speech. She also talked about her experiences during her early years as a student and as a public servant. The best of all her recollections were her encounters (of the creature kind) in senate especially with her current feat of trying to mentor for the passing of the bill. Here are the things that I took down from her compelling address.
"Someone will always profit through government services delivered in a capitalist economy."
"Kapag may nagtanong tungkol sa reproductive health niya, sasagot ka lang naman. Anong masama doon?"
"The church is not the Pope, the bishops and the priests... it is the congregation of catholics."
Here are the photos from that day.
Here is GMA 7's news clip on the event.
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