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Overwhelming majority of Filipinos (92%) believe it is important to mitigate fertility and plan their family

Filipinos do not only recognize the importance of family planning, they also strongly approve of government’s allocation of funds for modern contraceptives. The latest Pulse Asia Survey concluded just before the 2007 elections showed an overwhelming majority of Filipinos (92%) believe it is important to mitigate fertility and plan their family. ...

A fourth committee of the House of Representatives has endorsed H.B. 5043

A fourth committee of the House of Representatives has endorsed House Bill 5043 or the proposed “Reproductive Health, Responsible Parenthood and Population Development Act of 2008” principally authored by Albay Rep. Edcel C. Lagman. The Committee on Rules approved today the plenary consideration of the controversial bill which mandates government to provide information and services on all forms of family planning and allocate adequate funds for the reproductive health program. ...

Family Planning

“It is distressing that the miracle of life means death to 10 mothers daily in the Philippines,” Rep. Edcel C. Lagman of Albay stressed during the 2nd National Multi-Sectoral Conference on Population and Development last August 15, 2007. The Bicol solon is the principal author of House Bill No. 17 or the “Reproductive Health, Responsible Parenthood and Population Development Act of 2007”. ...

Presidential Approval of 2008 GAA Affirms Executive-Legislative Common Agenda

The Presidential approval of the P1.227 trillion 2008 General Appropriations Act with minimal direct item vetoes is a reaffirmation of the Executive-Legislative common agenda of providing adequate basic social services and enhancing infrastructure development. It also signifies the Executive’s guarded concurrence with the congressional thrusts on non-confrontational debt service reduction policy and accelerated impartial stress on reproductive health and population management. ...
Anti-Enforced Disappearance Bill ratified after 2 decades Print
Press Statements
Thursday, 18 October 2012 11:30


  • Rep. Edcel C. Lagman
  • Independent – Albay
  • 16 October 2012
  • 0916-6406737 / 0918-9120137


            The occurrence of enforced or involuntary disappearance and the impunity of offenders who are agents of the State may now be finally consigned to the past with the congressional approval of the bicameral conference report today of the “Anti-Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance Act of 2012” which imposes stern deterrents against its commission.

             Enforced disappearance was an atrocious tool of the martial law regime to silence protesters and human rights advocates and continues to be employed by subsequent administrations after the end of the martial law regime.

              The expected signing of the enrolled bill into law by President Benigno Aquino will be a milestone in Asia as it will be the first national law to criminalize enforced disappearance as a separate or distinct offense.

             The enactment of the measure, which was principally authored by Rep. Edcel C. Lagman of Albay in the House of Representatives, is a culmination of more than 20 years of militant advocacy for the desaparecidos.

             The other salient features of the measure are the following:

  1. The crime of enforced disappearance is generally imprescriptible as an exception to the statute of limitations.
  1. No amnesty can exempt any offender, either convicted or facing prosecution, from liability.
  1. No war or any public emergency can justify the suspension of the enforcement of the anti-disappearance law.
  1. Command responsibility makes a superior officer also culpable for violations of the law by subordinates.
  1. Subordinates are authorized to defy unlawful orders of superiors for the commission of enforced disappearance.
  1. A periodically updated registry of all detained persons is required in all detention centers.
  1. Secret detention facilities are prohibited.
  1. Compensation, restitution and rehabilitation of victims and kin are mandated.
  1. Gradation of penalties are prescribed with reclusion perpetua as the severest penalty.
  1. Human Rights organizations shall participate in the crafting of the necessary Implementing Rules and Regulations.
Sounding Board Print
In the News
Monday, 10 September 2012 17:41



  • Conversing with a Bishop
  • By: Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas S.J.
  • Philippine Daily Inquirer


The Killing of Engr. Nelson Morales is condemnable Print
Press Statements
Saturday, 08 September 2012 10:04


Rep. Edcel C. Lagman
Independent – Albay
08 September 2012
0916-6406737 / 0918-9120137
The killing of Engr. Nelson Morales, who was expected to vie for the mayoralty contest in Malinao, Albay, is truly unfortunate and condemnable.
I urge the authorities to apprehend soonest the culprits and determine the motive.
I caution the political allies of Morales from preempting the police investigation by speculating that the killing is politically motivated.
Resort to violence has never been part of the political landscape in the First District of Albay.
I do not recall in my lifetime of any violent incident related to politics that has resulted to the death of a politician or partisan in the six local government units in the District.
With this political backdrop, the police authorities must validate all angles for possible motives considering that Morales was an emerging political personality in Malinao after serving for years as city engineer of Makati.



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