ASIDE from extrajudicial killings and the looming revival of the death penalty bill, the biggest threat facing Filipinos this year is the distribution of condoms to schools, a leader of a Catholic group said.
Frank Padilla, servant general of the Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life (CFC-FFL), warned that “the greater threat is actually the push for the distribution of condoms” planned for immediate implementation by the Department of Health.
In his message to pro-life advocates on the feast of the Holy Innocents, Padilla cautioned that “acceptance of condoms—seeming to the general public as unharmful—is actually the start of the slippery slope to the whole gamut of the culture of death.”
“The culture of death has always been in the world...The culture of death includes abortion,” Padilla said. “When it was first allowed, it started with exceptions, such as in cases of rape and incest. Then it was permitted up to the first trimester, then the second trimester, then the third trimester. And today for any reason whatsoever.”
“Abortion started with being illegal throughout the world. Now it is not only legal, but is permitted anytime before birth, and now also after birth. This is the slippery slope of the culture of death.”
The pro-life advocate warned it is not far-fetched that abortion may soon be legalized in the country.
“We in the Philippines do not have legal abortion, yet. But it is coming,” Padilla said, “unless we act decisively.”
“We do not have child euthanasia yet, but that too will come, as indeed the slippery slope dictates, unless we act decisively,” he added.
Earlier, Health Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo said the government is allocating P50 to P100 million for the procurement of condoms and their distribution for population control and for the HIV-AIDS awareness campaign.
Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III warned Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell Ubial that he will block her confirmation with the powerful Commission on Appointments if she pushes through with the DoH’s planned distribution of condoms to students this 2017.
He considered the DoH’s condom plan a “wrong approach” and said the agency should instead go on an information campaign focused on moral values.
Records show that from 1984 until October 2016, at least 38,114 cases of HIV or AIDS occurred in the country, of which a total of 9,066 youth aged 15 to 24 were HIV-positive.