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17 June 2014

HON. ENRIQUE T. ONA VIA COURIER AND EMAIL
Secretary etona@co.doh.gov.ph
Philippine Department of Health (DOH)
San Lazaro Compound, City of Manila


Hon. Secretary Ona:

As we all know, the recent decision of the Philippine Supreme Court in
G.R. No. 204819
1
has given us a shared responsibility and duty to ensure that
nothing in the RH Law is implemented to imperil human health and life,
particularly that of the mother and the conceived unborn child
2
—a responsibility
and duty no less mandated by the charter of your good office.
3
With respect to
your charter’s mandate to “propagate health information”, we now write to
request your response on the following matters:

1. Are there “MODERN NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING METHODS” that have any
primary, secondary or tertiary effect as an abortifacient? Kindly provide us
with references and department issuances upon which your response is
based.

2. Are there specific kinds and brands of “PILLS” that do not have any
primary, secondary or tertiary effect as an abortifacient? Kindly provide us
with references and department issuances upon which your response is
based.

3. Are there specific kinds and brands of “INTRA-UTERINE-DEVICES” (IUD) that
do not have any primary, secondary or tertiary effect as an abortifacient?
Kindly provide us with references and department issuances upon which
your response is based.

1
IMBONG, ET AL., V. EXECUTIVE SECRETARY (April 8, 2014) and the consolidated cases, also known
as the “RH Law Cases”.
2
“xxx it is apparent that the Framers of the Constitution emphasized that the State shall provide
equal protection to both the mother and the unborn child from the earliest opportunity of life, that
is, upon fertilization or upon the union of the male sperm and the female ovum.” (IMBONG, ET AL.,
V. EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, et al., G.R. No. 204819, p. 44)
3
“Sec. 3. Powers and Functions. - The Department [of Health] shall: (3) Coordinate or collaborate
with xxx interested groups xxx in activities related to health; xxx (6) Propagate health information
and educate the population on important health, medical and environmental matters which have
health implications; xxx.” (Book IV, Title IX, Sec. 3, THE ADMINISTRATIVE CODE OF 1987)

2


Your immediate response to our queries will also be an invaluable
resource for educating our constituent family organizations on the infomercials
your office is currently circulating in social media
4
, such as the one appearing
below (a screen capture from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pNWpojebjc):





With due regard to our recourse under Sec. 5(a)
5
of REPUBLIC ACT 6713,
and in order to lessen the burden on our public postal system, kindly transmit
your response via electronic mail to: prolifephil@gmail.com.

We thank you in advance for your prompt reply.

Sincerely,


(original signed)
ERIC B. MANALANG
President

4
See https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChZQaAATaHjT_wG-kac3qfA.
5
“SEC. 5. Duties of Public Officials and Employees. - In the performance of their duties, all public
officials and employees are under obligation to: (a) Act promptly on letters and requests. - All
public officials and employees shall, within fifteen (15) working days from receipt thereof, respond
to letters telegrams or other means of communications sent by the public. The reply must contain
the action taken on the request.”
3


Copy Furnished (Co-petitioners in the RH Law Cases) VIA EMAIL:

SPOUSES JAMES AND LOVELY-ANN C. IMBONG

ALLIANCE FOR THE FAMILY FOUNDATION PHILIPPINES, INC.

TASK FORCE FOR FAMILY AND LIFE VISAYAS, INC.

SERVE LIFE CAGAYAN DE ORO, INC.

EXPEDITO A. BUGARIN, JR.

EDUARDO B. OLAGUER

PHILIPPINE ALLIANCE OF XSEMINARIANS, INC.

DOCTORS FOR LIFE

SPOUSES FRANCISCO AND MARIA FENNY C. TATAD

MILLENNIUM SAINT FOUNDATION, INC.

JOHN WALTER B. JUAT

COUPLES FOR CHRIST FOUNDATION, INC.