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Dollywood
Stars weigh in on RH bill

By Dolly Anne Carvajal
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 19:43:00 05/17/2011

Filed Under: Social Issues, Celebrities, Entertainment (general)

THE RAGING controversy about the reproductive health (RH) bill has reached colossal proportions. Neither side wants to budge.

Would the RH bill, which guarantees access to information and methods of birth control, make our country more productive?

Being prolife doesn?t stop the moment the baby is born. It continues as the parent struggles to raise the child.

Delicate matter

The RH bill is such a delicate and tricky matter. It all boils down to what our conscience can live with.

RH could very well stand for responsible habit.

Here?s what some celebrities have to say about the issue. Go forth and multiply or go away and sigh?

Leo Valdez: ?I am in favor of the RH bill. I have been wondering for the longest time why nothing of this sort has been passed. It is not even compulsory, as I understand. It is just to make couples realize they have an option to have just enough offsprings to provide a better quality life for the kids. I respect the views of those who are against it but sadly, we are still a struggling country forever going against the tide of economic prosperity. Although giving life is a privilege and a blessing, we must always remember that giving life also means great responsibility.?

Lucy Torres-Gomez: ?I am prolife. With all due respect to those who are pushing for the passage of the RH bill, I personally do not believe we should take it upon ourselves to decide who should be given life or deprived of it by passing a law to make it legal. Let us recognize and respect God?s sovereignty and wisdom. Life is a gift. Let us also not be threatened by the idea of overpopulation or poverty. The RH bill is not guaranteed to answer those issues.?

Joey Generoso (Side A): ?The Philippines does not need the RH bill. All its good provisions are already mandated in the Constitution and are already designed programs of the agencies concerned. They just need to be implemented through sincere and aggressive policy enforcement.?

Amy Perez: ?I?m pro-RH bill because I believe we really need to educate the poor women on the choice they have to make and teach them to become responsible parents para ?di dumami ang batang walang magandang kinabukasan dahil ?di pinaghandaan ng magulang.?

Benjie Paras: ?It?s the right thing but for those who want to explore, it?s better to have protection.?

Pinky Amador: ?I am pro-RH bill. What?s the point of giving birth if you can?t give them a good life??

Rachel ALejandro: ?I am 100 percent in favor of the RH bill. The population growth is out of control and the government should do what it can to help educate the people and provide family planning options. It?s a matter of survival. I feel for people who can barely make ends meet because they have too many kids to support.?

Luke Mejares: ?I?m in favor of the RH bill. It?s better that people have the option to choose from different kinds of contraceptives because in these hard times, the family should be able to feed the kids adequately, send them to good schools and give them a bright future.?

Toni Rose Gayda: ?I am for the RH bill. There are too many kids on the streets and no one to raise nor support them. A lot of child trafficking and prostitution, too. Kawawa talaga.?

Carmi Martin: ?I am for the RH bill. We need to control the population for our country?s economy to improve.?

Urban legend

For generations, Koreans have this urban legend of a mythical creature (monster to some) called Gumiho. It?s said to be a nine-tailed fox that takes the form of a woman and seduces men so that later they can pull and eat the liver out of their fragile human bodies.

Action star Cha Dae-woong, who top-bills ABS-CBN?s newest Koreanovela ?My Girlfriend is a Gumiho? (weekdays 4:45 p.m. after ?Frijolito?), encountered a Gumiho himself. He has proven that they are not capable of taking your liver; rather, they can take away your heart.

Catch his exciting adventures in this unusual love story.

E-mail wateringholeshangrila@yahoo.com



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