News Flash

October 10, 2015, Saturday
  • Fmr. First Gentleman Mike Arroyo asks the Sandiganbayan to allow him to travel & stay in Japan & Hong Kong for 12 days. 7 hours ago |
  • LTFRB suspends the franchises for 30 units of Dagupan Bus. 7 hours ago |
  • Number of fatalities in fire that hit Leyte Prison and Penal Farm rises to 10. 7 hours ago |
  • Ombudsman has also issued a dismissal order against Masbate Gov. Rizalina Lanete. 7 hours ago |
  • Director General Joel Villanueva resigns from TESDA in view of his plan to join the senatorial race. 8 hours ago |
  • Binay’s camp says the Ombudsman’s dismissal order vs. Mayor Binay was done in haste. 8 hours ago |
  • Ombudsman Carpio-Morales says it is up to Comelec to decide whether or not to allow Mayor Binay to run for a 3rd term. 8 hours ago |
  • Ombudsman’s order includes Mayor Binay’s dismissal from service & perpetual disqualification from public office. 8 hours ago |
  • Ombudsman’s dismissal order for Mayor Binay is in connection with his plunder case over the alleged overpriced Makati City parking building. 8 hours ago |
  • Rep. Abby Binay says Mayor Binay is planning to file his COC next week & run for a third term. 8 hours ago |
  • Rep. Abby Binay says Mayor Binay can still appeal the Ombudsman’s dismissal order at the Court of Appeals. 8 hours ago |
  • Ombudsman cites grave misconduct & serious dishonesty as reasons for Makati Mayor Junjun Binay’s dismissal. 8 hours ago |
  • Ombudsman orders the dismissal of suspended Makati Mayor Junjun Binay. 8 hours ago |
  • The 5-day period for filing of the Certificates of Candidacy (COC) begins on Monday Oct. 12. 12 hours ago |
  • Comelec conducts a demonstration on how to properly file the Certificates of Candidacy (COC). 12 hours ago |
  • Fmr. SAF Chief Getulio Napenas laments no one is being charged for the death of 9 SAF commandos who attacked Marwan’s hut. 12 hours ago |
  • Ayala Bridge in Manila to be closed to motorists at 10 pm Friday. 12 hours ago |
  • Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista eyes a third term. 12 hours ago |
  • Jueteng whistleblower Sandra Cam wants to run for a senate seat. 12 hours ago |
  • OFW Party-list Rep. Seneres says he has a vice-presidential bet & a complete senatorial line-up. 12 hours ago |
  • OFW Party-list Rep. Roy Seneres hopes he won’t be seen as a nuisance candidate after he announced his pres’l bid. 12 hours ago |
  • 3 inmates bolt prison in Tabaco, Albay. 12 hours ago |
  • 9 inmates die in fire that broke out in Abuyog, Southern Leyte prison. 12 hours ago |
  • About 60 members from PH & U.S. Marine Corps take part in an amphibious landing exercise in Ternate, Cavite. 13 hours ago |
  • Sen. Honasan absent in Cebu City event where Binay announced the senator’s bid for the vice presidency. 13 hours ago |
  • Binay announced the ‘Binay-Honasan’ tandem at UNA’s political event in Cebu City. 13 hours ago |
  • Binay announces Sen. Gringo Honasan is his running mate in the 2016 elections. 13 hours ago |
  • Fire out declared at UST’s Quadricentennial Pavilion at 10:30 am on Friday. 13 hours ago |
  • Fire hits University of Santo Tomas’ new multi-purpose gymnasium ‘Quadricentennial Pavilion’ on Friday morning. 13 hours ago |
  • Body of man involved in Thursday’s hostage-taking in Manila has yet to be identified and claimed. 13 hours ago |
  • De Lima took her oath as LP member at Balay headquarters in Cubao, Quezon City. 13 hours ago |
  • Justice Sec. Leila de Lima takes oath as Liberal Party member. 13 hours ago |
  • 5 towns in Maguindanao declared as areas of concern for this coming election period. 14 hours ago |
  • 5 suspected carnappers killed in an encounter with police in Payatas Road, Quezon City. 14 hours ago |

The purple vote

By Elizabeth Angsioco | Mar. 16, 2013 at 12:01am
The May elections is just around the corner, so to speak. Senatorial and party-list candidates are exerting all efforts to win people’s votes, singing and dancing included. Personal attacks have also started. Election fever is indeed peaking.

While candidates try to woo us with their propaganda and antics, the electorate should stay focused. It is easy to get confused and lost in the myriad of issues the country faces, as well as the shows put on by jokers posing as people’s champions. It really is up to us, the people to see through the chaos.

An important issue to keep in mind is the reproductive health issue.

While most of us rejoiced with the passage of the bill into law, this law has yet to see implementation.  As things stand, the Implementing Rules and Regulations have just been signed and according to the rules, it will take effect 15 days after publication.  This means that the law’s actual implementation may commence in April.

In the meantime, about 15 women, particularly poor mothers, continue to die each day due to preventable and curable pregnancy or childbirth complications. It is primarily because of these women that we fiercely fought for more than a decade for the RH law. We need the law to be implemented and implemented properly.

We should remember this.

For the coming elections, the purple vote remains to be for saving mothers’ lives.

Undoubtedly, the RH Law, or R.A. 10354 continues to be under serious attack. Just a few days after it was signed, petitions questioning its constitutionality were filed with the Supreme Court. The issue remains unresolved.

Outside of this, people should also know that unfinished business of the concluded fifteenth Congress included several anti-RH bills. Should the anti-RH bloc become the majority in the coming Congress, these bills will not only be refiled but may be passed. This means that the RH law will become useless.

As early as now, we hear of senatorial candidates saying that the repeal of the law is a major reason for their running for elections.

Only us, voters, have the power to thwart their anti-women, anti-people, anti-poor, anti-rights agenda.

The purple vote protects the RH law and everything it stands for.

As clear as day, the Roman Catholic Church is again moving against the law. This time, by campaigning for its allies. The men in robes are so used to having their way and losing is not part of their vocabulary. They lost in the RH battle and they want to reverse this. The church campaigns for anti-RH candidates because they want the law repealed.

However, in doing so, they again display their arrogance. Damaso’s “Team Patay” gimmick mocks the Commission on Elections’ rules governing election materials. The tarpaulins in question are electoral campaign materials covered by Comelec rules. Those are partisan propaganda materials favoring Catholic allies and discrediting foes.

The Church’s defiance of COMELEC orders is a blatant display of arrogance. Do Catholic leaders consider themselves above the law?

This Church is setting a very bad precedent for candidates who are also accused of violating the same poll body rule. If the Catholic Church can get away with this, how is the Comelec to pursue others? In effect, this Church initiative may render Comelec rules useless.

Should voters condone this behavior of the Catholic Church?

The purple vote is against Damaso and for secularism upheld by our Constitution.

The pro-RH citizenry needs to remain vigilant. We cannot allow Damaso to win again at the expense of our mothers’ lives, our young people’s future and our human rights.

We need to retain the pro-RH majority in both Houses of Congress.

Some of our champions have finished their terms and will no longer be in the 16th Congress. We need our other champions in the House of Representatives to be there. We need new champions to emerge to defeat threats against this very important law.

Pro-RH voters should scrutinize candidates in their areas. Their RH position should be made clear. We need our allies, old and new to win the elections. Teddy Baguilat of Ifugao, Kimi Cojuangco of Pangasinan, Bolet Banal of Quezon City, Sandy Ocampo of Manila, Jerry Trenas of Iloilo City, Joey Zubiri of Bukidnon, and the others are needed in the HOR.

On the other hand, we need to go against anti-RH senatorial candidates including Gringo Honasan, Koko Pimentel, Antonio Trillanes, JV Ejercito, Migz Zubiri, Mitos Magsaysay, Cynthia Villar, Nancy Binay, and those of the Kapatiran Party, a staunch RCC ally.

As far as my group is concerned, the RH test is the primary test we subject candidates to. Those against the law are automatically removed from our options. Bets who try to play safe will not be considered as well. Our other criteria will only be applied to pro-RH candidates. There is no compromise here.

For the coming elections, let us protect our gains as pro-RH voters.

Save mothers’ lives. Give our young people a shot at a better future. Uphold the rule of law, secularism and the Constitution.

Show the Roman Catholic Church it won’t have our votes. Defeat Damaso again.

I am a purple voter. Are you?  and @bethangsioco on Twitter
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