Aiza Seguerra, chairperson of the National Youth Commission (NYC) didn’t miss a beat in slamming Senator Vicente Sotto III, who bluntly opposes the efforts by the government to promote safe sex.
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“Mabilis na pagtass ng HIV/AID lalo na sa kabataan, laganap na teenage pregnancy at patuloy na pagtaas ng populasyon ang naiging sanhi kung kaya’t marami sa ating mga kababayan ang naghihirap at hindi nakaka-access ng dekalidad na serbisyo ng gobyerno,” Seguerra said through a statement on Facebook.
Seguerra added that Sotto seems to be unclear on the true gravity of the problem of both teenage pregnancy and HIV/AIDS.
Meanwhile, Sotto has been in a conflicted situation with Ubial ever since she announced the DOH’s plans to distribute condoms to students at risk.
“Let those who want to practice safe sex do so—according to their own beliefs and consiences,” Ubial said.
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Sotto refuted saying that it is Ubial and not pro-life groups who is imposing beliefs on other people. He also said that Ubial’s position is temporary but the damage that she will cause cannot be reserved.
Furthermore, Seguerra took the side of Ubial in the matter, saying that it’s the government’s responsibility to prioritize the welfare of the public.
“Matagal na 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,” Seguerra said.
Sotto, meanwhile, blamed the rise of HIV cases on men having sex with men. He said that it is ‘scientifically proven’ that HIV is smaller than the pores of condoms and thus, the people who are opposing him should read and study about the serious issues than men like him have been “championing for decades.”
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However, his claim was debunked by scientists. Dr. Kevin De Cock from World Health Organization’s HIV/AIDS department said that,
“Such studies suggest that condoms are at least 80%, and possibly more, effective in reducing the transmission of HIV for co-habiting couples.”
Aiza Seguerra slams Sotto over SexEd issue Reviewed by Newsinfo Learn on January 19, 2017 Rating: