RH Bill Debate on ABS-CBN Trends on Twitter

“Harapan,” first to take on RH Bill, trends on social networking site, Twitter.

ABS-CBN and ANC’s “Harapan” debate on the Reproductive Health Bill last May 8 was not only the first major TV special on the controversial issue, it was also a trending topic on the popular micro-blogging site “Twitter.”

Viewers actively shared their thoughts on the issue on Twitter and Facebook while millions watched worldwide over ABS-CBN’s multimedia platforms—on channel 2 on free TV, on ANC on cable, and via on the Internet.

“Harapan: RH Bill, Ipasa o Ibasura?,” anchored by multi-awarded broadcast journalists Karen Davila and Julius Babao, was the first to gather the bill’s most prominent defenders and opposition, which included Rep. Janette Garin, Rep. Edcel Lagman, and Carlos Celdran for “Pro-RH” and Rep. Roilo Golez, former Laguna Gov. Joey Lina, and Fr. Melvin Castro of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines for “Anti-RH.”

While the “Anti-RH” side won the online and text polls during the debate, with 65.38% voting not to pass the bill, the heated exchange from both sides persisted online as comments poured in on ABS-CBN and ANC’s official Facebook accounts.

Poster Noel D. Villar said the RH Bill will just be a tool for corruption. He said RH Bill proponents just want the royalty they will get from pharmaceutical companies that will manufacture the contraceptives. Poster Avatarlady Bique, meanwhile, said the RH Bill is neither about religion nor taxes. She said it is about the health and well-being of women like her.

Through the debate, ABS-CBN and ANC, which is celebrating its 15 anniversary this year, were able to enlighten viewers on the issues surrounding the RH bill so that they’ll be able to decide for themselves if the bill is good or bad for the nation.

ABS-CBN will continue to bring to Filipinos more events that will stir up discussion on important national issues with an upcoming debate on the planned burial of the late former dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the “Libingan ng mga Bayani.”

Take part in the discussion. Get a whole picture of the nation’s biggest issues through the “Harapan” debate series of ABS-CBN.

19 Comments on RH Bill Debate on ABS-CBN Trends on Twitter

  1. Proangas // June 11, 2011 at 8:46 am //

    Bago kyo mag Anti… Basahin nyo muna kung anu ba talaga ang nakapaloob sa RHbill! Magbasah wag basta makisawsaw dahil lamang sa mga narinid dahil magiging Bias talaga kayo.. Napakaganda ng Rhbill kung tutuusin… Mag isip! Mag basa at makiramdam ng maayos bago kayo sumugod! Power trip ang simbahan natin eh… Meron pa silang nalalaman na ex komunikado! Sinu ba sila para gawin yun? Tao lang din sila di sila Dyos! Bago makipag away dito, alamin munang mabuti kung anu ba talaga ang RHbill! uulitin ko! BASAHIN MUNANG MABUTI! Di po masamang mag basa paminsan minsan…Wag po msyadong makinig sa kung anu man ang sinasabi minsan sa mga misa.. Instead of talking about RHbill sa mga misa bakit di sila mag plano kung panu matutulungan ang Pilipinas sa mga problema nitong kinakaharap sa pamamagitang ng pag kakalat ng mensahe ng panginoon natin. Sa mga mag rereact sa comment kong ito, make sure na bago kayo mag react eh basahin nyo muna kung anu ang nakapaloob sa bill na yan.. Ay sows mga Pinoy! Magbasa po! Nag aral tayo a tumanda para malaman sa sarili natin kung anu ang kaotohanan at kung anu ang tama at mali.. Kung mali ang RH bill bakit may pari dito na pro RHbill, bakit sa ibang bansan ang mga pari ay PRO RHbill.. Bakit ang mismong ibang nakatataas na nasa clergy ay PRO RHbill??? Bago magalit at mag react sakin.. Magbasa po muna kayo at mag isip! Ako po ay isang din Catolico at naniniwala sa mga mensahe ng panginoong may kapal! Paalala wag gawin literal, buksan ang isip at mag isip ng kritikal, ang Pinoy ay may utak hindi bobo! Isa pang ulit! Mag basa! Maraming salamat po!

  2. @pro life Anti RH bill // June 10, 2011 at 12:21 pm //

    first RH bill means Reproductive Health why this bill stops the reproduction of life???we can minimize the over population if we just control ourselves in having premarital sex.and to those who are married couples there are ways in controlling being pregnant without using these contraceptives, and if a woman got pregnant she must be thankful because she has been given by GOD a gift that some married couples wish to have, but they why we need to stop the right of a child to be at least born in this world..we are promoting the human rights..and according to the bible God says “go and multiply”…we don’t have the right to forsake God’s not using God’s name in vain, im just giving you the if you are on the place of the babies that will be formed in the womb of a mother but not given a chance to, will you be happy not seeing the world???now you must say that we need to pass this bill to minimize our population to stop poverty, well, poverty will not stop even though our population will stop increasing because there still people who have powers and wealth that keep on increasing..Philippines will not progress because there are people in the position who took advantage with their the people who are poor become poorer…RH BILL is not the answers to our poverty…it will just stop the REAL WEALTH OF OUR COUNTRY,,,THE PEOPLE!!!

  3. wag kayung hangal….mulat nyo mga mata nyo sa katotohanan sa panahon ngayon…kc..iba noon at ngayon..noon may mga bagay na bawal tlgang sa ngayon ang bawal yun ang masarap..wag kayong mag malinis..kci karamihan sa ating mga kababa-ihan ay gumagamit ng pills pra maiwasan ang mabuntis…kht mga pari..tinatawag dn yan cla ng nit ng sure gumagamit dn yan cla ng condom pra ma ilabas ang init..wag kayo mag cnungaling s mga sarili nyo ……. mas mabut nga meron mga bagay na ganyan para makaiwas sa papalaki nating population..haizz mga ingot ang mga anti rhbill…



  6. @clark23 WAG KA OFF-TOPIC // May 24, 2011 at 12:43 pm //

    See the article on TVNETWORKWAR for more info!


    Dyan ka na sa mga AMAYA articles dito!!!

  7. Pinoynewsandtvratingsaid // May 24, 2011 at 11:13 am //

    The BINUKOT TRADITION of the SULODNON / PANAY BUKIDNON people of the town of Tapaz in Capiz and the towns of Maasin, Janiuay, Lambunao and Calinog in Iloilo is getting a boost in GMA7′s “AMAYA” but sad to say, they are committing a big historical and cultural blunder for the wrong portrayal of a BINUKOT!

    A BINUKOT is a woman who is supposed to be living in isolation for her entire life. She dwells in a dark room devoid of sun exposure so that her skin will maintain its fair glow. She is given the best food, not allowed to work and she is carried in a hammock when she is moved from one place to another. She is only allowed to go out in veiled attire during the night prior to crop planting and cultivation to dance and chant for a good harvest. Binukots are healthwise frail and weak because of the lack of physical activity, a condition similar to having muscular atrophy. A certain Binukot claimed that her feet bled when she tried to walk for the first time and even with complete adaptation to physical activity, Binukot women cannot attain full muscular strenght and agility. These women also command a good dowry price for men interested to marry them and most importantly, the SULODNON / PANAY BUKIDNON CULTURE and BINUKOT TRADITION is only found in the mountains of WESTERN VISAYAS.

    AMAYA played by Marian Rivera portrays a Binukot but she is ironically a warrior princess fighting off with men and other nemesis in the TV production in broad daylight. The setting of Amaya is situated in pre-colonial Central Visayas which is far from reality since Binukots are women of WESTERN VISAYAS. GMA7 claimed to have conducted a research with UP-Diliman historians regarding Amaya’s plot but the question is: why is there such a big deviation from the original BINUKOT TRADITION of the SULODNONs / PANAY BUKIDNONs?

    The producers of AMAYA should set things straight and clarify issues once and for all. They should classify what kind of a TV production Amaya is: a fiction, a culture and history-based series, etc. If indeed Amaya is fiction then it should not in any way use any of the cultural traditions of the indigenous people because culture and history should never be played nor experimented with. If Amaya on the other hand is historically and culturally-based then it should stick to the facts of culture and history.

    Amaya should be one of the two and not a combination of the two…. for history and culture will never be a part of any fictional story.The characters maybe fictional thats acceptable but the details of culture and history should always be exact and specific. For if not, then we are only mocking our own culture and history as a Filipino.

    Lastly, I would like to clarify that the issue on the wrong portrayal of a Binukot woman in GMA7s AMAYA is just a minor issue because the Binukot’s evolution in becoming a slave and a warrior can very well be justified with the show’s storyline and script although it is very far from reality. The bigger issue here is that GMA7 did not give credit (in its press releases) to the source or inspiration of the Binukot concept. GMA should made it clear that the BINUKOT tradition was taken from the highlands of Capiz (Tapaz) and Iloilo (Maasin, Janiuay, Lambunao and Calinog) and not somewhere else.

    BINUKOT women are maidens who live in the MOUNTAINS of CENTRAL PANAY (Tapaz in Capiz; Maasin, Janiuay, Lambunao & Calinog in Iloilo). BINUKOT women are not SEASIDE WARRIORS from CENTRAL VISAYAS!


  8. wag na indenial mga kapuso! // May 24, 2011 at 10:59 am //


  9. Anonymous // May 24, 2011 at 8:36 am //

    kapag hindi natuloy ang RH bill para narin sinabi natin na ang pangulo natin ay ang simbahang katoliko kasi yung gusto nila parati ang nasusunod..kaya go ako kay pinoy for rh bill. sana hindi ito ang pagtuunan ng pansin ng simbahang katoliko kundi kung paano sila makakatulong na sugpuin ang corruption sa ating bansa at pangaralan ang mga politikong katoliko na corrupt..

  10. bkit gngwang big deal ang trend na yan?

  11. pro rh bill // May 24, 2011 at 6:32 am //

    tinututulan ng catolico ang RH bill kasi liliit ang kanilang income kasi kapag naging konti ang mga bata kokonti narin ang magpapabinyag sa kanila so liliit ang kanilang kita…gustong gusto nila na lumaki ang populasyon pero ni isang kusing wala silang maibigay sa mga taong mahihirap or makatulong man lang sa govyerno..

  12. oo na oo na..ang award winning anchor mo na nagsabi na gumagamit sila ng HOLOGRAM TECHNOLOGY.

  13. engot. illegal ba ang pills? at iba pang contraceptives? nananaginip ka ata. hindi mo matatawag na abortion kung hindi pa nag meet ang sperm at egg. ang mga contraceptive na yan pinipigilan ang pag meet ng sperm at egg. siguro para sa yo abortion din ang kinakamay lang. tsk tsk.

  14. Anonymous // May 24, 2011 at 1:30 am //

    alam ninyo, magkakaalaman lng yan qng cno ang mkakakuha ng awards internationally ksi ang mga experts n ang mghuhusga kya qng cno manalo s awards, un ang may magandang debate.

  15. @ 51-53 // May 24, 2011 at 1:20 am //

    KUMPRIMADO UN tignan nyo p yan lalu n s peabody award TIGNAN NYO P S MGA WEBSITES ng mga award-giving bodies at higit sa lahat, HINDI AQ BAYARAN. MASAYA KMI N MAGING KAPUSO.

  16. clark23 // May 24, 2011 at 1:09 am //

    @clark23 Says:
    May 23rd, 2011 at 10:59 pm
    Source ng ratings na sinasabi mo? PLEASE????
    Check the scoop box ng PEP…..

  17. Anonymous // May 24, 2011 at 12:50 am //

    jessica the hippo, lalang isa siyang hippopotamus napapanood ko sa animal planet dati.. mtaba din.

  18. Anonymous // May 24, 2011 at 12:50 am //

    jessica the hippo, lalang isa siyang dugong napapanood ko sa animal planet dati.. mtaba din.

  19. ngresearch pa si tanga binayaran ni sojot // May 24, 2011 at 12:49 am //

    kapagod mo mg type ha bayaran ni gozon may sweldo ka naman eh grocery sardinas panlamon sa gutom mong sikmura gma na patay gutom.. 2nd rate!! trying hard copy pig.. eeeeeeeewwww

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