BY PET MELLIZA/ THE BEEKEEPER
The RH Bill, though at the back burner the past 15 years, is not about to die yet. Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago says they have the number to pass it at the Senate.
The staunchest RH Bill proponents at the Senate are women: Sen. Pia Cayetano and Defensor-Santiago; at the Lower House, there is Rep. Janet Garin (1st district, Iloilo).
Anti-RH Bill senators introduced four amendments but the pros shot them all by 11 – 6 vote.
Oppositors merely rehash arguments that people ignore anyway. Top antis act like clowns, thus, defeating their own cause.
There is Sen. Vicente Sotto III who equates it to contraceptives and sheds crocodile tears for his baby, blaming its demise on the pill. It turned out that the contraceptive was introduced in the market only in 1975, two years after his son died.
The Philippine Senate is the only one in the world that tolerates intellectual dishonesty. First off, Sotto lied when he cried crocodile tears over his son and second, when he blamed the pill that reached the market two years after his son’s death.
Third, Sotto lied repeatedly and brazenly; he plagiarized others’ works. He even lifted the works of US Sen. Robert Kennedy and his daughter’s, the latter pro-RH, which he twisted to suit his anti-RH agenda.
Another clown is Manila Catholic Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo who insists that God is so angry that he sent Typhoon Pablo that devastated E. Mindanao December 4, 2012. At least 418 bodies were recovered in the aftermath of the super-typhoon. Hundreds are still missing.
The howler left behind vast swaths of destruction — houses, farms especially banana plantations, corn crops flattened.
Instead of marshalling church resources to aid the victims, the clown warns that Pablo proves that the gods are on the warpath against the RH Bill.
The argument that RH Bill is pro-abortion is a recycled mania of the antis whose core comes from the Catholic hierarchy.
They intentionally ignore its substance that affirms women’s entitlement to information on their reproductive rights and access to health services, so to space births or plan the number of children, increase child survival, and reduce maternal mortality rate (MMR). The Philippines is 48th in the world in 2009 in MMR.
In Iloilo, their clown is Mr. Eye Bag who flaunts imaginary academic credentials. He proudly introduces himself in his social media account a graduate of the University of Sto. Tomas.
Nothing riles him than reading the pro-RH opinion pieces of yours truly. He has the temerity to flaunt his literary superiority, berate my writings and even teach yours truly how to write.
Be that as it may, Eye Bag got his name for his restlessness. He denies ingesting “upper” drugs but only “life saving” ones that keep him up in his nocturnal unrest, and reports to work the next day sporting a pair of eye bags.
Whatever he means by that, Eye Bag cannot hide the fact that he was kicked out of the seminary in college for, of all reasons, flunking in English grammar and writing. He writes kilometrically, using hifallutin terms because his purpose is not to communicate but to impress. He once submitted an article for his school organ that his editor trashed for verbosity and incoherence.
This self-proclaimed literary guru refuses to understand till now that clarity and simplicity are still cherished virtues in good writing.
Writing is developed over the years. One learns to write through continued practice and reading. Like swimming, it is done rather than crowed around like what Eye Bag does.
Eye Bag cannot write full length articles because his thoughts are disjointed, indicative of his mental and emotional state, or unstate. He has no discipline to finish a full-length opinion piece in one sitting. No editor would waste his/her time rearranging his scattered thoughts. He just prefers to make up for his writing deficiency through his big mouth proclaiming his imaginary genius.
Until today he is stuck as a FM radio disc jockey. He has all chances to finish college and take better jobs, all of which he blew.
A priest, his friend back in the seminary years helps him make both ends meet.
Whenever Eye Bag invites you to a drink, make sure you have money. Otherwise, both of you would end up in jail. Be forewarned.