Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Religious Pacquiao is for abstinence

Lira Dalangin-Fernandez

MANILA, Philippines—Showing his religious side, Sarangani Representative and boxing champion Manny Pacquiao on Monday said he is opposed to the reproductive health bills and instead pushed for abstinence as a means of curbing population growth.

In a news conference in the House of Representatives, Pacquiao said the Bible did not state that families should limit the number of children they can have. Instead, it tells the people to “go to the world and multiply,” he said.

“Walang nakasulat sa Bible na limitahan natin iyong magiging anak natin. Unang una, sabi ng Panginoon, go to the world and multiply, hindi nya sinabi na multiply with just two or three kids, multiply, magpakarami kayo (There isn’t anything written in the Bible that says we should limit the number of children we can have. First of all, God said go to the world and multiply, he didn’t say multiply with just two or three kids, he said to multiply),” he said.

A devout Roman Catholic, Pacquiao said he is opposed to the use of condoms and advised couples to instead follow the natural family-planning method and practice abstinence when it is not safe to have sex.

“”Kailangan magtiis tayo, ‘darling ‘wag muna tayo ngayon ha kasi fertile ka ngayon, magtiis ka muna,’ dapat may pagtitiis tayo (We have to sacrifice, ‘Darling we can’t do it today because you are fertile, so we have to sacrifice’),” he said.

But he said it isn’t always men who should practice abstinence, but women as well who, he said, sometimes initiate the sexual act.

“Magsakripisyo naman kayong mga lalaki, tiisin nyo, ay, iyong mga babae din pala, minsan yung mga babae pa nangangalabit,” he added.

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. has once more made the assurance that the reproductive health bill would be voted on in plenary.

There are at least seven bills on reproductive health pending with the committee on population. The hearings will begin this week.

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