House to study stem cell bills

Posted: March 18, 2014 at 11:52 am

Members of the House Committee on Health on Tuesday vowed to look into several pending measures on stem cell.

OFW Family Club Partylist Rep. Roy Seneres and Laguna Representative Sol Aragones also called on the public to give doctors led by Philippine Medical Association president Leo Olarte to explain their side after they have been accused of forging the signature of Professional Regulation Commission chairperson Teresita Manzala to obtain a Securities and Exchange Commission registration for their group called the Philippine Society for Stem Cell Medicine.

Seneres called for a deeper probe into the controversy.

SEC has revoked the corporate registration of the PSSCM as various doctors organizations questioned the practice of stem cell medicine in the country.

Seneres and Aragones, both members of the health committee, said at least four bills seeking to regulate stem cell medicine practice in the country are still pending before the health panel.

The two lawmakers said study on the measures will have to be pursued immediately, adding that advocates and oppositions should help Congress decide on the issue.

Reacting to the PSSCM issue, Seneres said Olarte and other founders of the organization should be given the benefit of the doubt.

They are the healers of our society, said Seneres.

Aragones, on the other hand, said accusations against the PSSCM should be proven first before its members are condemned.

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