JPE son votes in favor of RH bill

Cagayan Rep Jack Enrile votes in favor of the RH bill, contrary to the position taken by his father, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile

MANILA, Philippines – Surprise, surprise. The son and namesake of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile (JPE) does not share his father’s position on the Reproductive Health (RH) bill, a measure that seeks to provide free contraceptives to the poor.

Cagayan Rep Juan “Jack” Ponce Enrile Jr, a senatoral candidate, voted in favor of approving the RH bill on 2nd reading Tuesday night, December 12. He confirmed this with Rappler after the voting. He did not take the podium to explain his vote.

It was close vote, 113-104, in favor of the House bill.

Jack Enrile’s father is one of the most rabid critics of the RH bill in the Senate.

Jack himself was originally known to be against the bill. But he showed signs of changing his position when he voted last week against what RH bill proponents called “killer amendments” to the bill.

Jack has a good showing in the polls, placing 5th in the latest Pulse Asia senatorial survey. –