Cebu Daily News First Posted 08:13:00 04/12/2011
Tacloban City — Leyte 4th district Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez would not be swayed from her opposition to the Reproductive Health bill despite the planned signature campaign urging Eastern Visayas representatives to support the bill.
“I’m pro-life. I respect the views of the RH people but my perspective is when you believe that everything is up to man, you will believe with the RH bill. But when you keep in mind that there is a God, overseeing all of these, beyond all of these, then you go the other way,” Gomez said Sunday night.
Population Commission Eastern Visayas regional director Leo Rama earlier disclosed that they planned to initiate a signature campaign to convince the region’s congressmen who opposed the RH bill to change their positions.
Even if the President would try to change her mind, Gomez said her position on the bill would remain the same.
However, she clarified that the President “does not impose his will on other people.”
“And I am very appreciative (of) that. We live in a very liberal country. We at the other side of the fence are sticking for that,” Gomez added.
The other representatives in the region who oppose the RH bill are Northern Samar representative and deputy House speaker Raul Daza, representatives Sergio Apostol (2nd district), Andres Salvacion (3rd district) and Jose Cari (5th district) of Leyte and Emil Ong of Northern Samar.
Daza, however, said that while he was against the measure, he was willing to listen to Rama’s explanation on the RH issue. /INQUIRER