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’We’re your boss, pass RH bill,’ women tell Aquino

January 24, 2011

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PHILIPPINES: Women from grassroots’ communities called on Philippine President Benigno Aquino III on Monday to push for the passage of the reproductive health (RH) bill in Congress. “We are the ones affected with the absence of contraceptives and other reproductive health services in our health centers, not the men in white robes alleging to know what’s best for us,” said the women who claimed to represent community-based groups. The women accused Aquino of trying to appease the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines with his recent pronouncements that he wanted to include provisions of the bill agreed upon by his office and Church leaders. Nenita Migano, 49, a Catholic with five children, said Aquino should listen to poor women and not only to bishops who do not experience pregnancy. “Aquino said we are his bosses. He promised to listen to us. We call on him today to make true his promise,” said Migano. PR13003.1638
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