Friday, August 19, 2011

RH Bill

My mom has always been vocal on her stand on RH bill and has been strongly oppossing the enactment of HOUSE BILL NO. 5043 “Reproductive Health and Population Development” (RH Bill) authored by house representatives Edcel Lagman, Janette Garin, Narciso Santiago III and Ana Theresa Honteveros . Few months ago, my mom, along with   Catholic Women’s League and fellow Pro-Life Philippines activists attended a conference against RH Bill . According to her,  the conference has enlightened her about the horrors of the said bill. She showed her apparent resentments towards its authors by painstakingly echoing to us what was disclosed in the council, reiterating that the said bill was anti-women, unconstitutional, misleading and immoral. Honestly at that time, I insouciantly listened to my mom for I have always been apolitical. I am not also the type of person who would voluntarily barrack on one’s side based on a premise. Due to the constant clamor left and right of pro and anti- RH bill. I’ve decided to take time
to read the 40-page material which my mom handed  me few months ago. But before I began reading,I took my constitution book ,which has long been in the land of nod, out of my corner cupboard to reread the state policies.

Article II. Section 12 provides: “ The State recognizes the sanctity of family life and shall protect and strengthen the family as a basic autonomous social institution. It shall equally protect the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from contraception. The natural and primary right and duty of parents in the rearing of the youth for civic efficiency and the development of moral character shall receive the support of the Government.”

Former senator Kit Tatad, in his article “What’s Wrong with the RH Bill?” stated: Sanctity-the state of being holy-is an attribute of God. God is not outside of our lives; the very first words of the Constitution proclaim it : “ We, the sovereign Filipino People, imploring the aid of Almighty God…”
Obedience to God’s laws, therefore, is not only a solemn teaching of the Church, but also an express constitutional mandate. (Tatad 5)

Yes, I totally agree. Another thing that caught my attention was the penalties that will be imposed to employers when they fail to comply with the obligations under section 17.

Reproductive HB 5043 Sec.17 states : Employers shall respect the reproductive health rights of all their workers. Women shall not be discriminated against in the matter of hiring regularization of employment status or selection for retrenchment.

                                                    PROHIBITED ACTS

Sec. 21 c) Any employer who shall fail to comply with his obligation under section 17 of this act or an employer who requires a female applicant of employee  as a condition for employment or continued employment, to involuntary undergo sterilization, tubal ligation or any other form of contraceptive method;

Sec 22 c) Any employer or his representative who shall require an employee or applicant, as a condition for employment or continued employment, to undergo sterilization or use or not use of any family planning method, neither shall pregnancy be a ground for non-hiring or termination of employment.


This means that employers can be subjected to imprisonment and/or a fine for every time that he/she fails to comply.

 
Section 23. Penalties – Any commission of the foregoing prohibited acts or violation of the Act shall be penalized by imprisonment  ranging from one  (1) month to six (6) months or a fine of ten thousand pesos (10,000) to fifty (50,000) or both such fine and imprisonment at the discretion of the court… an offender who is a public officer shall suffer the accessory to the penalty of dismissal from the government service.


As, employers, do you agree to be compelled to provide free productive health care services, supplies, devices and surgical procedures (including vasectomy and ligation) to your employess, and be subjected to both imprisonment and/or fine, for every time that you fail to comply?


I am not here to bombard my readers with the negative views on RH bill, I still remain apolitical because I haven’t finished reading the material and haven’t drawn my own conclusion about the matter. I will continue posting pieces of information about RH bill.

Oh My Mamma!


Citibank Cardholders here's a good news for us! 10% off  on the pre-selling period of tickets of the global smash hit musical "MAMMA MIA!"  Yes, you heard it right . MAMMA MIA! invades Manila at the CCP main theater from January 24 to February 5, 2012. 

Pre-selling period from August 17-September 17,2011 is exclusive for Citibank Credit Cardholders ONLY.
Citibank clients who do not have credit cards may pay in cash and you can still avail of 10% discount just present your Citibank ATM card in lieu of the Citibank Credit Card.


This is going to be my birthday gift for myself and a pre-wedding anniversary celebration.By the time gala night opens, my husband and I will have been one year and two months married.

Tickets are selling like hotcakes for seats  on gala night are already limited, yikes! I must reserve seats now.



By the way, for those who do not have an idea about the seatplan at the CCP main theatre just click the link below to get the most comfortable seat you want.

                                                                           
                                                      Can't wait for 2012!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Doe a Deer, A Female Deer ...


I'm all agog over this play.  The last time I watched it was in 2007 at Onstage Greenbelt and I don't mind  watching it again. I am also excited to see the  actors that will portray the Von Trapp family. I heard Aga and Charlene's daughter,Atasha, has been chosen to be one of the Von Trapps.

Tickets are now available at ticketworld or reserve a ticket at Resorts World  ticket box in front the Casino main entrance.

  • PhP 2,140.00
  • PhP 1,819.00
  • PhP 1,391.00
  • PhP 1,070.00
This play will run from October 15,2011 to December 15,2011.







Finally!







After waiting for one month and a week , I finally received the book which I ordered from bookdepository.co.uk. Next time, I would check our local sorting office so I won't wait that long again.Whew!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Leetspeak and Jejemon Make Me Feel Like an Abecedarian!

"e0wSsZz pOwhhZzmUsZtAhH nUah pOwhHzz kEowHsz?"

Receiving this kind of message is one of my pet peeves. I got this message yesterday. I knew that it was not meant for me because the digits were unfamiliar. It took me few minutes to figure out what the sender was trying to say. Although, spelling is only a convention and is subject to change, I cannot help but feel annoyed when I read such words spelled that way. I am not anti-jejemon or anti-leetspeak.It's just that I feel like an abecedarian.It seems like I have to learn the Jeje-alphabet,jejejeje!