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Dear Senator Sotto,
Please forgive me for what may seem a bit presumptuous - writing you, an elected member of Congress, an open letter like this. But what the hell, presuming that you were one of the 24 elected by our nation because they believed you best represented our needs, then this open letter makes sense.
I don't understand you kasi. I cannot understand how someone who is in a position to help our country by passing a bill still refuses to do so. Like you and the RH Bill.
Or, if not help by passing, then at least naman, by not postponing the vote on it, as you threatened to do: by availing of the turno en contra process when the bill is taken up for consideration again during legislative session.
Admittedly, your wife can afford contraception and needs no one's help to get it. But what about the poor men and women who don't have the same resources as she? It is for them, the majority of the people you purport to care for, that this Bill needs to be passed. Not for cosseted senators' wives or those who purport to care for life and yet care nothing for the living.
The Filipino people need the help of Senators who can see beyond their own needs, care more for the people they purport to care about than they do about losing the so-called Catholic vote, and realize that although all this interpellating and old-boy chuckling may increase their popularity in the Senate,it does nothing for the real people of the Philippines.
Sayang ka talaga, Senator Sotto. You could've been a real hero to our people, rather than one who still tries to be the matinee idol he was eons ago.
By the way, I do not mean to insult your wife by saying she may still need contraception. In fact, the opposite is true. I mean it to be a compliment, because it means a woman is attractive enough that a man wants to have sex with her, and young enough to still get pregnant.
Or maybe she needs no "artificial" contraception, as your stand against the RH Bill implies.
How do you do it, Senator? I mean, you enjoy/enjoyed 25-plus years of fertility with your wife, and you have only four children? Your wife is a beauty titlist and multi-awarded actress and singer, but I have read no research that says singers’ eggs and/or fallopian tubes help to exempt them from pregnancy.
We normal folk, if we don't use contraceptives, we get pregnant most of the time.
Or maybe it has more to do with your senatorial sperm, Senator Sotto? Is it just yours that are so special or is it every senator’s who will vote against the RH Bill?
I mean, do their sperm also behave like yours? Heat-seeking missiles targeting Ms. Gamboa's eggs only when you wanted Romina, Diorella, Gian and Ciara? Ang suerte niyo namang mag-asawa: No unwanted children. No children born earlier than you wanted them.
Can you train the sperm of your countrymen – good, decent, God-fearing men who want to have children the way you do - all wanted, all spaced to ensure their and their mothers' best health, and yet not take the contraceptives of your choice?
If, indeed, you can do that - make all Filipinos' sperm as senatorial as yours so that each and every Filipino need not worry about another pregnancy when he makes love to his partner, then I will not begrudge your irrational stance against the RH Bill.