CBCP official dismayed over government's plan to distribute contraceptives to poor families

September 28, 2010 10:55 am 

MANILA, Sept. 27 — A Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) official expressed dismay over the plan of the government to distribute contraceptives to less fortunate couples.

With this, Fr. Melvin Castro, executive director, CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, said that many people, especially those who supported him in the last elections would also be disappointed.

“More than disappointments, we are saddened and hurt by this report … we we're hoping that he will be like his mother,” he said.

However, he admitted that they are not surprised by Aquino’s statement since it is where the latter is clinging during the campaign, to support the artificial means of contraception.

“We expected it because his statement during the campaign is veering towards the support of artificial means of contraception — but we were still hoping that once he assumes the post, he’ll see a clearer picture of things. Apparently the people around him are pro-Reproductive Health,” Castro said.

At the same time, the CBCP official asked the President to focus on solving corruption and other pressing issues hounding his administration such as the hostage-taking incident in Manila and jueteng, instead of prioritizing the issues on contraceptives.

“He is sticking his fingers into many issues right now. So, we are appealing to him to prioritize these problems first,” he added.

Earlier, Aquino said that the number of children a couple had is a matter of personal choice.

"The government is obligated to inform everybody of their responsibilities and their choices. At the end of the day, government might provide assistance to those who are without means if they want to employ a particular method," he said.

Currently, the country’s population is now at 94.01 million, making the Philippines the 12th most populous nations in the world. (PNA)

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