Presidential candidates for the May 10, 2010 national eletions, from left, Sen. Benigno Aquino III, Sen. Richard Gordon, Sen. Jamby Madrigal, Nicanor Perlas, John Carlos De Los Reyes, Gilbert Teodoro, Eddie Villanueva, show their stand for a clean elections following a forum with foreign correspondents based in Manila, Philippines Monday Feb. 15, 2010. Nine candidates are running for a fixed 6-year term for the highest position of the land in the first-ever automated elections in May.
By Cathy C. Yamsuan
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:36:00 02/16/2010
Filed Under: Inquirer Politics, Eleksyon 2010, Family planning, Religion & Belief, Health
MANILA, Philippines—No more free condoms—not on Valentine’s Day or on any conceivable occasion.
The Department of Health (DoH) had better not do a repeat of last weekend’s caper of distributing free condoms at the Dangwa market to people buying flowers for their Valentine.
All seven said they were not keen on funding the freebies, whether to prevent pregnancy or the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
Sen. Richard Gordon of the Bagumbayan Party said giving away condoms was useless unless its purpose was properly explained.
“[Because of] poor education, Filipinos cannot even discern whether they need a condom or not,” he said.
Sen. Benigno Aquino III of the Liberal Party pointed out that Congress, not Malacañang, had power over the government purse, meaning, the President had no authority over funds for the DoH or for condoms.
“I support responsible parenthood,” he said.
However, Aquino raised fears that the Valentine weekend gimmick could be used to justify “the renewal of the same budget” in the future.
“The government must be willing to support [the person’s decision] in the context of a program. So I am not excluding any particular method,” he clarified.
Bro. Eddie Villanueva of the Bangon Pilipinas Movement said his group maintained its opposition to the use of “all forms of abortion because it is murder per se.”
Villanueva said he would leave it to the parents to guide their children on making such personal choices.
“The government must push for moral policies. The condom campaign is a waste of money. It is uneconomical and immoral,” he said.