House Representative Manny Pacquiao reiterated his stand that he is not supporting the Reproductive Health Bill (RH Bill). He tells his countrymen to follow the Lord’s command when he said that people should “go forth and multiply.”
In a report from ABS CBN, he explains:
“We all have different opinions and beliefs. I believe nowhere in the Bible does it say that we should limit the number of our kids. Unang-una, sabi ng Panginoon – go to the world and multiply. Hindi niya sinabi go to the world and multiply and just have 2 or 3 kids. Magpakarami kayo,” he said.
He adds ” government should teach Filipino families how to plan their families without having to promote artificial contraceptives. He said couples must learn to control their sexual urges if they plan to have smaller families.”
“Bakit hindi na lang natin turuan? Kung ayaw talaga ng bawat pamilya na maraming anak pero di maiwasan, dapat ganun ang gagawin nila. Makasalanan kasi yung gagamit ka ng condom. (Kasalanan kasi) magpalalglag ka dahil hindi pwede isilang ang anak na ito. Magsakripisyo naman kayong mga lalaki. Tiisin niyo. Ay mga babae din pala. Minsan yung mga babae pa ang nangangalabit,” he said, drawing laughter from those at the press conference.
(Why not teach them? If a family doesn’t want a lot of children, they should abstain. It’s a sin to use a condom. It’s a sin to have an abortion because you can’t have a baby. You men should sacrifice. You women, too. Sometimes, it’s the women who get urges.)
He cited the RH bill limits family size but the senator is not aware that the ideal family size in RH Bill 4244 has been amended and scrapped totally.
@aupijuan was quick to note that she read a tweet somewhere that Jinkee, his wife uses the pill.
Jinkee indeed admit that she informed Manny that she wanted only four children and decided to use the pills.
“After Queenie, sabi ko kay Manny, tama na ang apat,” Jinkee volunteers. “Hindi pa ako nagpa-tali, pero nagpi-pills ako (ngayon). Nagpa-make-over ako (sa Belo) not for Manny or the people na nag-sympathize sa akin nung nangyari ‘yung intriga. I did it for myself. You should love yourself.”
This did not augur well for pro-RH Bill advocates. @choyzee asks “how can Manny Pacquiao be anti RH/RP bill when his wife uses the pill?”
Some tweeters thanked him anti-RH stand though. @MissLaine_ “what people need is DISCIPLINE”.
Most tweeters wondered if he even read or understood the RH Bill. I felt he didn’t understand or read most of the sections since he was not aware on the deletion of ideal family size. Also, the contradiction is that his wife uses the pill. His wife is blessed to have access and the ability to make choices.
There are so many reactions in Twitter. Others ridicule him for not reading the bill and that he only knows about boxing.