Finally, the House of Representatives has scheduled a vote on Second Reading of the pending RH Bill. This is a plenary vote but only of the House; thus, if passed, it still requires a corresponding Senate vote.
But this is a crucial vote. Already the RCC has scheduled a rally at the EDSA Shrine ahead of the vote. It also puts the vote in religious language by calling it The Judgment Day, to remind cheating and adulterous congressmen that the RCC holds the fate of their immortal soul.
On the pro side, there is no scheduled rally yet. But polls after polls after polls have already shown what is obvious to us -- that the Filipino nation is overwhelmingly in favor of the bill. We will see if the will of the people will prevail on this one.
Interesting developments are already happening. The House bill was originally authored by 145 congresspersons, which would have made it an automatic win because only 143 votes are needed to pass the bill. That explains the endless delay because the result would have been obvious. But the "hand of God" is moving across Congress and a bloc of seven congressmen withdrew support, thus putting the voting result in great uncertainty indeed.
Filipino style in ending any essay, I ask you to pray to whoever Gods you pray to. Make Reproductive Health a law.