MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court has finally ended the final round of oral arguments on the provision of the Republic Act 10354 or the Republic Health (RH) Law.
During the said arguments, petitioners claimed that the RH law interrupts the Constitution as it reprimands health care providers who refuse to execute essential permissible safe measures.
On the other hand, Senior State Prosecutor and the acting counsel of the Office of the President Florin Hilbay opposed and expressed his thoughts about the matter.
Hilbay said that there is a prudently stable measure to be followed and doctors are gratified to refer their patients to other experts.
Hilbay also added that the said law does not disrupt the freedom of religion and even expression.
Meanwhile, the adversaries of the Reproductive Health law, namely Maria Concepcion Noche, Luisito Liban and Luis Gana, former Senators Nene Pimentel and Francisco Tatad, disputed that the said law disrupts the lawful rights to life and liberty of choice.
In contrary, the RH law supporters including Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, Senator Pia Cayetano and Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza noted the importance of women’s health protection.
At this point, both parties are already settling their claims.
Alfred Mark Rosete
ABCom, Leyte Normal University