Sen. Tito Sotto: The RH Bill violates Philippine sovereignty

Tito Sotto at Matnog, Sorsogon Municipal Health Office

Yesterday, Sen. Tito Sotto delivered the first installment of his four-part speech against the RH Bill, designated SB 2865 in the Senate. (Read Here)

He enumerated his 7 objections starting with this:

    1. The RH Bill violates Philippine sovereignty, the Philippine Constitution and existing penal laws;

The RH Bill violates Philippine sovereignty ????

I was waiting for the good senator to expound on it but he did not. Maybe someone out there knows what he meant by that.

Can anybody out there explain how the RH Bill violates Philippine sovereignty?

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Manuel Buencamino

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  • mariatiu89

    The definition of the word sovereignty has been deconstructed ever since it was introduced or used in world history/politics/empires. Perhaps he meant that the sovereignty of our nation (where we hold family values-the highest) will be destroyed. As the some sections of the bill is questionable (as what he has presented). Rep. Lagman, one of the authors of the bill, even mentioned that amendments are needed in the bill. Example: “Family Planning materials as essential medicines…” essential to what…? Contraceptives have long been made available to us. Will making it free for all be a guarantee to slow down our population growth rate, or eradicate poverty?

    • manuelbuencamino


      Contraceptives have been available for a long time…for those who can afford it. The RH Bill will allow those who want but canot afford to avail of it. The RH Bill will not eradicate poverty but it will give married couples who want to space their children the chance to do so without surrendering themselves to the tyranny of a calendar or a thermometer.

      • mariatiu89

        from what i know, contraceptives have also been available at the health centers. The bill has a lot of loop holes. While it will “assist” a couples’ plan in having desired number of children, I don’t think the government should have a hand in dictating the ideal number of children. The gov’t needs to divert its priority, that is giving every Filipino a chance to be skilled and taught in school. Let the gov’t assist every Pinoy “how to fish”, so every Pinoy may know how to provide for his family.

        • UPnnGrd

          The CBCP has had a heavy hand in dictating the ideal number of children for Pinays and Pinoys living in Pilipinas.

          The CBCP also has a heavy hand in getting information (or preventing information from getting) to Pinoys and Pinays of Pilipinas about sexually-transmitted-diseases.

        • GabbyD

          It doesnt dictate the number of children

  • UPnnGrd

    Now I worry about Senator JP-Enrile. Did he really ask…. you mean he does not know about “tulo”? Please someone double-check that soldiers of PIlipinas are informed about “tulo” and how to avoid.

    But back to Sen Enrile… he asks (or says that JP Enrile asks ):

    What disease does an IUD or a condom cure or prevent? I challenge the
    proponents to explain that to the public. Is not the purpose of these
    methods to reduce the population of the country,” Enrile asked. “In the
    case of a contraceptive pill, is pregnancy a disease that needs to be
    cured? Why do we need to prevent it?”

    Riina Jimenez-David writes about it, and the question is worth repeating — why among Congress the people playing blind to the tens of thousands a year of bloody botched abortions of Pinays-of-PIlipinas because of unwanted pregnancies ?

  • manuelbuencamino


    Who is that Renato Pacifico? I didn’t know monkeys could type.

  • UPnnGrd

    I thought what he meant was that OUTSIDERS are messing around and lobbying.

    You know…. like the VATICAN is lobbying and influencing this or that congressman or senator or former-president-who-was-temporarily-in-jail-for-trying-to-fly-to-Singapore
    and then deLima-said-NO-NO-NO!!!

    • HAWR! HAWR! HAR! HWR! HWR! Filipinos are funny people living in a place called Philippines inhabited by funny monkeys called Filipinos ! HAWR! HAWR! HAWR!

  • Frank A Hilario

    This means you weren’t really paying attention to what Tito Sotto was saying about Article II Section 12 of the Constitution, that “The state shall equally protect the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception.” The fertilized ovum is alive, biologically; if by law (RH Bill) you declare that contraception does not abort that life, then you are violating the Constitution, because that law is allowing a life to be discontinued instead of protecting it.

    • Roberto

      Who says about ‘fertilized ovum’? Contraception is preventing the fertilization of the ovum, therefore there is no ‘fertilized ovum’ in the first place, right? There is no life that has to be discontinued nor to protect, so where is the violation to the constitution that you are saying? Pls. keep on paying attention to Tito Sotto, Frank, but Tito has to have a better argument against the RH Bil other than crying in front of the media to win this one.

    • manuelbuencamino


      I am familiar with his interpretation of that constitutional provision. I am not interested in that because he does not understand it. So that is not what I was referring to.

      I was referring to that part of his statement that said, “The RH Bill violates Philippine sovereignty” That’s the part I want explained. Can you help me out with that?

      • HAWR! HAWR! HAWR! HAWR! Philippine constitution is inspired by the Holy Book called the Bible. The Holy Book cannot be itnerpreted literally, ergo, therefore, PHILIPPINE CONSTITUTION SHOULD NOT BE ITNERPRETED LITERALLY !!!! HAWR! HAWR! HAWR! HAWr!

  • I Googled and found this, one definition of the word “sovereignty”. Maybe the good senator has this in his mind, but not sure.

    Black’s Law Dictionary
    (Sixth Edition)
    “The supreme, absolute, and uncontrollable power by which any independent state is governed; supreme political authority; the supreme will; paramount control of the constitution and frame of government and its administration; the self-sufficient source of political power, from which all specific political powers are derived; the international independence of a state, combined with the right and power of regulating its internal affairs without foreign dictation; also a political society, or state, which is sovereign and independent.
    The power to do everything in a state without accountability, –to make laws, to execute and to apply them, to impose and collect taxes and levy contributions, to make war or peace, to form treaties of alliance or of commerce with foreign nations, and the like.
    Sovereignty in government is that public authority which directs or orders what is to be done by each member associated in relation to the end of the association. It is the supreme power by which any citizen is governed and is the person or body of persons in the state to whom there is politically no superior. The necessary existence of the state and that right and power which necessarily follow is “sovereignty.” By “sovereignty” in its largest sense is meant supreme, absolute, uncontrollable power, the absolute right to govern. The word which by itself comes nearest to being the definition of “sovereignty” is will or volition as applied to political affairs.”

    • manuelbuencamino


      Well, if he based his definition on Black’s dictionary then the RH Bill is an exercise of sovereignty.

      • rh bILL is not an exercise of sovereignty. It is an exercise of futility !!!!

    • HAWR! HAWR! HAWR! Dude, you are referring to Meriam Santiago Webster Dictionary. You should refer to Filipino-English dictionary !!!!!! Anything goes !!! HAWR! HWR! HAWR!