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  1. The RH Bill or the reproductive health and population development Bill is not a new and fresh issue. Its provision of making artificial contraceptives legal, as a form of family planning, had already been an issue years back; and also the inclusion of sex education in the curriculum of grade school and high school. It is actually already ancient and the attempts to relive this issue again are just manifestation of the failure of the government to resolve it after so many years now.
    But that is not the question. The question is, should the RH Bill be passed or should it be not?
    While attempts to promote birth control were introduced by government to the people, even going to the extent of giving free supplies of contraceptives through barangay health centers not too long ago, opposition to the bill has mounted today especially so that it is on its way to its second reading. And to nobody’s surprise, the primary strong opposition to this is the Church, which claimed and claims that the provisions of the bill are immoral.
    The fact that the Philippines is the only Christian nation in the Far East and is predominantly Catholic more than invites polarization. It is the Church versus the government, despite the admonition of separation of Church and State.
    But it shouldn’t be that.
    I’m a catholic, but with regard to this matter, I am also a liberal. By liberal, it means that which is free from narrowness; having an open-mind.
    Opposition to this bill states that the bill is actually aiming to stop life. Simply because they see the bill as one with the ideals of abortion. But this is not so. I believe otherwise. The bill does not promote killing a baby (fetus). It actually prevents us from doing just that. To control population growth does not mean to kill people to decrease the number of people in the world but to prevent the population from increasing by means of family planning. And the “family planning” it promotes pertains to family. And a family, legally speaking, is that which consists of two individuals joined together by God, through marriage, and by God’s grace made complete with children. This is truly the aim of the bill. So it is clear that the bill does not campaign for pre- marital safe sex, or anything of that sort, which the oppositions to this bill think. They see it on the negative side because they do not understand clearly what the provisions are about. And they do not understand because they refuse to open their minds to other possibilities and ideas.That is the main problem of this issue, I think.
    In line with that, I’m hoping for the greater capacity of man to achieve higher virtues — that man is capable to have the virtue of temperance, and to be more generous with life. I believe that man is capable of pursuing solutions that may require more thinking but would address better the root of the problem. And amidst all the controversies and debates relative to the bill, it is my fervent hope that legislators as well as civil society would keep in mind not only what is to them economically beneficial to the majority of Filipinos but also the faith and sensitivities of those who believe otherwise.

  2. The Philippines is a country governed by a republic/democratic government. And by democratic I mean a government that does not deprive its citizens of their rights and freedom.
    So is it liberal or conservative?
    Liberal pertains to being free from narrowness, bigotry or bondage to authority or creed, and being inclined to democratic or republican ideas. While conservative is adhering to and tending to preserve the existing order of things.
    Our government is somewhat conservative because we are still following a certain order but it is more of liberal because it is dynamic. Our constitution is the same but it constantly improves for the betterment of the Filipino citizens.
    A liberal government, that is.
    The proof of the liberalism of our constitution is none other than the Article III of the 1987 Constitution, the Bill of Rights.
    A Bill of Rights is a list or summary of rights that are considered important and essential by a group of people. The purpose of these bills is to protect those against infringement by the government.
    The Bill of rights of our constitution is a list of rights of the citizens of the Philippines. It is our defense over the government which may try to overpower us. If our constitution/government is not liberal, we would not have been this free to do what we want and to make our own choices. To further support this, following are some of the sections of our Bill of Rights:
    SEC. 1.
    No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, nor shall any person be denied the equal protection of the laws.
    SEC. 9.
    Private property shall not be taken for public use without just compensation.
    SEC. 5.
    No law shall be made respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination or preference, shall forever be allowed. No religious test shall be required for the exercise of civil or political rights.
    These sections of the bill emphasize the privacy and freedom of the people to choose for their own. It limits the power of the government to interfere to the privacy of its citizens.
    The Bill generally promotes the value of the person more than anything else, so I wouldn’t mind it prying on legal matters but to have it interfere even to what I should eat or wear, that would really be unjust. So I think the constitution should remain liberal but of course, it is our prerogative to never forget that the freedom granted to us always comes with an equal responsibility. And that responsibility is to respect the freedom of others and to never try to step on their rights. Because we are all citizens of the country and we are given the same rights and freedom just like each and every one else.

  3. Right is prior to good.

    Right pertains to something conformable to standard of propriety or to the condition of the case; while good is something beneficial.

    Good can’t be prior to good because what is good is something that is subjective. It depends to what an individual prefer. If it is prior to right then there will be conflict because what is good to some may not be good to others.

    Right is prior to good because right is objective. What is right is something that does not need to be based on what an individual prefers. Instead, whatever an individual prefers he/she must still follow what is right. This is what it should be to insure an orderly world/ community. If we just follow what we think as good, we might be stepping on others’ rights without knowing. We must give more importance to what is right to prevent this from happening.

    To follow what is right is prior because it is tantamount to acknowledging the rights of others.

  4. pano maglagay picture? lalagay ako.haha

  5. bakit wala tayong class list??? huhuhu…

  6. c

  7. HAI, grabe

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