Manila Philippines – “It is disappointing but I am still positive we will prevail”, said Pia Cayetano, Chairman of the Senate Committees on Health and Demography and Youth about the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) to extend the status quo ante order (SQAO) on RH Law on Tuesday.
SC Spokesperson Theodore Te announced that with a vote of 8-7, the stay order on RA 10354 or the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 has been extended.
Cayetano claimed that the evidence presented by RH law advocates were clear and the other side was weak.
“I believe that the evidence was clear during the oral arguments last week that the case presented by the petitioner was quite weak,” Cayetano said but added that she respected the decision of the court.
She then called for an early resolution of the RH law before the high tribunal with its repercussion on women and the poor.
She consistently claimed that around 15 women will die every day if the implementation of RH Law will be delayed.
ABEGAIL P. URBINA
LNU Tacloban City Philippines