PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd’s stand on the controversial responsible parenthood (RP) bill has not changed despite its exclusion from the administration‘s priority measures, Malacañang said on Monday.
President Aquino said that he remains committed to push for the passage of the RP bill—his administration’s own version of the Reproductive Health (RH) bill—even at risk of being excommunicated by the Catholic Church.
“This is the strongest statement on responsible parenthood,” Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said. “He [the President] just want to emphasize that his position on responsible parenthood has not changed.”
“He believes that information should be disseminated. He believes in the freedom of each individual, of each parent to make a decision based on an informed choice,” the spokesman added.
Lacierda said that the exclusion of the RP bill into the list of the government’s priority measures during the recent LEDAC meeting did not mean that the President’s position on responsible parenthood has already changed.
The Palace spokesman added that Mr. Aquino’s statement on Sunday on responsible parenthood is “an indication of where the President’s position on responsible parenthood is.”
During a briefing in Malacañang, Lacierda said that Palace officials and the Catholic Church leaders will continue to hold a dialogue on the controversial reproductive health issues after Holy Week.