HIGHLIGHTS: Crucial vote on RH bill
MANILA, Philippines (2ND UPDATE) - The House of Representatives approved on third and final reading the Reproductive Health bill on Monday, December 17. As of posting, the Senate is voting on final reading.
Monday’s vote is the culmination of a heated, emotional, and at times comical battle between supporters and critics of the one of the most divisive measures in Congress.
At the House of Representatives, lawmakers approved the measure on final reading.
There is time to reconcile the two versions, and have the bill ratified and signed into law before session adjourns in February 2013.
President Benigno Aquino III has certified the bill urgent.
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Live updates are also available from the House of Representatives. Get them from our live blog in a different format here.