24 January 2014, Manila—
Center for International Law Philippines, Inc. (CenterLaw) hails the decision of the Pasay City Regional Trial Court not to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) against an on-going international conference on reproductive health at the Philippine International Convention Center.
The 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights is from January 21-24.
According to lawyer Harry Roque, “the non-issuance of a TRO is a victory for freedom of expression and upholds our Constitutional right to discuss important issues.” Roque Jr. argued in open court against the a TRO on behalf of conference organizer Philippine NGO Council on Population Health and Welfare, Inc. (PNGOC)
RTC Judge Petronilo Sulla, Jr. denied the TRO application of Pro-Life Philippines Foundation due to lack of merit.
“It shows to the world that in the Philippines, discussion on reproductive rights is robust in the free market place of ideas,” added Roque who is also CenterLaw Chairperson.