Is Edcel Lagman starting a veiled campaign for pro-RH Bill candidates?

Not surprisingly, a few of the very people who spearheaded the implementation of reproductive health law in the Philippines are having a bit of a post-fiesta reflection on just how big (or small) of a win they copped in practice.

Looks like Rep. Edcel Lagman, one of “the main architects of that victory” is feeling a bit insecure about whether the new RH Law will actually prosper considering how much money any of the practical measures the law stipulates should be operationalised by the state will get. Apparently the law, if it were to have any real efficacy will ultimately rely on a “common concern to have pro-RH legislators elected to the House of Representatives and the Senate to assure a continuing and requisite appropriation for the RH Law.”


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The editors seem to have failed to read between the lines of Lagman’s melodramatic (their words) lament as, to me, all that just sounds like a pitch for a certain favoured set of folk that will likely be shrinkwrapped and packaged as the “Pro-RH-bill” bloc of candidates to vote for in the coming elections. After all, no true politician does nuthin’, supports nuthin’ and says nuthin’ for nuthin’. It is always all about political capital, and being pro-RH last year certainly counts for something in this year’s election. Thus…

[…] Lagman is quite right to focus on the funding, and on the circumstance on which it will depend: the election of enough RH Law supporters to approve adequate funds for the law in succeeding budgets.

Eyes roll….

To be fair, the veneer of sincerity is quite convincing and the Inquirer Editor does an excellent job articulating Lagman’s surface rationale…

The greatest danger to the new law is complacency, the tedium of the happy winner. Celebratory parties, laudatory print articles and TV profiles, congratulatory forums: They can all act as a natural narcotic, lulling the hard-scrabble coalition to a false sense of permanent victory.

That’s actually a brilliant microcosmic take on the overall character of Philippine “democratic” politics. Fiesta elections is in the air, and it will likely be a fiesta orgy of spending, “debate”, chatter, spectacle, theatrics, and high-fives until May. But what happens after all that? When the hot air of blah blah blahs finally dissipates (or is blown away by the next tropical storm along with the perenial brown smog that envelopes Manila most days), that all-too-familiar opiate of mediocrity we routinely self-medicate ourselves with to soften the crash to reality after these wild parties will begin to flow in the average Pinoy schmoes veins.

My previous article questioned the notion of whether “good systems”, “good leaders” and “good laws” necessarily spell success for a society — specifically one where time and again a profound dysfunction in the DNA of the very fabric of its character, its culture, has long been evident.

When one considers how the Filipino-Chinese who were once mere third-class citizens as recently as half a century ago went on to achieve spectacular prosperity regardless of who was governing and under what system they were governing, the question is begged as to why the larger society of island Filipinos remain cut out from the wondrous pie that is the Philippine economy.

Will a change initiated from the top really matter? Perhaps these times of fiesta election is as good a time as any to remind ourselves where the power to change really comes from. The illusion of change that we medicate ourselves with year in and year out usually comes from the top. But real change will always necessarily come from the bottom, and from within.

8 Replies to “Is Edcel Lagman starting a veiled campaign for pro-RH Bill candidates?”

  1. Does this change (i.e. the maturing of our culture) result from an event or a series of events that forces everyone to think just who we are as a people and therefore makes us more resolute and progressive? In the history of most countries that are prosperous now, there are periods of civil wars or even genocide. Our wars among ourselves (not counting the insurgencies) have not been as bloody and therefore might have not been enough to really forge a national character. I don’t advocate bloodshed but it seems history proves that countries cannot rise to greatness if they cannot forcefully overthrow the status quo.

  2. This one is good, “it depends on” the reps+senators to finance it,HA HA AHAHAHAHAHAHAAH, I mean BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
    Stuffing pockets with wads of cash so the people can have some health-care? Oh Yeah! Sure, the check….it is in the mail? The Philippine mail system is a little slow sooooooooo…….

  3. A li’l aside: What ever happened to the lady whose husband had houses in the USA, a husband who was in the military and could not possibly have afforded these places? She was summoned to appear before the senate and appeared but at the moment when she had to take the stand she stated that she “did not feel well” and was allowed to exit the senate, not in hand-cuffs, but as a free citizen. WTF?
    Does anyone who reads this blog, comments on it, or writes articles for it not see what is going on in the country? Criminals at all levels of Gov’t., military all stealing whatever is not nailed down and brazenly laughing their asses off and when the time comes for the justice system to work, WHAT HAPPENS? NOTHING, there is only one solution and the Vigilante posted an article recently about just that!
    What is happening is a criminal conspiracy of gigantic proportions, everyone is in on it and so no one goes to jail, not a real one anyway. Show the people one person who has been prosecuted since 1986, hell 1946, who has been caught stealing the peoples’ money and/or selling his office/influence for money. Show the people one, just one!!! Oh, you can’t? No surprise there, huh?
    The problem is well known, what is the solution? HINT: it ain’t blogging!

  4. For Filipino voters, I mean the low-information voters, this RH bill does not matter.

    It’s the Aquino label.

    Even a candidate is a dog and it has an Aquino label in it, they will go for it.

    I hope I’m wrong.

  5. We are already beyond change…we are the basket case of Asia. The entrenched Oligarchy and Feudal masters are the rulers. OFW slavery will continue to bouy up the Philippine economy. Wowoowee politics will be always our politics….Mga artista become politicians, because they can just play like caring politicians. People swallow their acts: hook, line and sinker…this is our problem…

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