National Youth Commission Chair Aiza Seguerra and Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto disagreed on whether condoms should be distributed in schools. Aiza on her Facebook page expressed her disagreement on Senator Sotto’s stand regarding the said topic:
“Mabilis na pagtaas ng HIV/AIDS lalo na sa kabataan, laganap na teenage pregnancy at patuloy na pagtaas ng populasyon ang nagiging sanhi kung kaya’t marami sa ating mga kababayan ang naghihirap at hindi nakaka access ng dekalidad na serbisyo ng gobyerno. Hindi po ito haka-haka, Mr. Senator.
These are facts. Based on science and research.
Bilang gobyerno, responsibilidad natin na pangalagaan at protektahan ang ating constituents. Matagal ng ipinagpaliban ang pagpapatupad ng RH dahil sa “beliefs” ninyo and look where it has brought us. You say “it’s insensitive to dismiss the sentiment of a conservative culture just because they failed to implement effective health programs”.
We have an epidemic here, A YOUTH EPIDEMIC.
It is precisely because of this “sentiment of a conservative culture” kaya lalong pataas ng pataas ang HIV.
Dahil sa conservative culture na ito kaya kahit obligasyon ng mga magulang at guro na turuan ang kanilang mga anak at estudyante tungkol sa Sex Education, hindi nila ito ginagawa kasi “taboo”.
Dahil sa conservative culture na ito, the Filipino people were denied of RH services for the longest time. Damage has been brought upon our people by this conservative culture because it makes us decide based on beliefs at hindi hard evidence. Would you rather people keep dying of HIV/AIDS as long as hindi na ooffend ang sensibilities ninyo?
Now, sino ang nag iimpose ng beliefs sa nakararami?”
In reaction to the message posted by Aiza, Senator Sotto simply said:
“I’d rather believe the former secretary of health than fledgling politicians.”
(Photo source: Facebook – @Liza Diño-Seguerra / @CY Diño Seguerra)