See you in court – Sotto tells DOH’s Ubial on giving condoms to teens
Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III on Sunday, vowed to haul before the Supreme Court the Department of Health’s (DOH) planned distribution of “condoms” among high school students, if Sec. Paulyn Ubial will pursue the project this year.
“Kung ipipilit ni Ubial, they’re playing with fire. They’re playing with fire kasi pagka hindi namin sila mapigil, magtutuos kami sa Commission on Appointments (CA). Pag hindi pa rin namin sila mapigil, baka dalhin naming sila sa korte. Violation yan ng RA 7610 eh,” Sotto said, referring to the law providing for protection against child abuse, exploitation and discrimination.
“Ang sinasabi ko sa kanila, parang (sinasabi nila) ‘okay lang kayo mag sex basta mag condom kayo.’ Ganun eh. Hindi naman siguro tama yun,” he said.
Sotto, who is a member of the powerful bicameral appointments body, issued a stern warning against Ubial, saying that the only way she will can pass the scrutiny of the CA is “if she will swear under oath that she will not undertake something like that.”
It has come to the attention of the senator that despite the controversy and strong opposition to the said program, the DOH has already been conducting so-called pilot-testing in some schools in Quezon City.
Sotto said he will call for a Senate hearing to conduct an investigation into this issue, if the DOH will not stop its initial implementation and it may prove to be more problematic to the department as according to the senator, funding for the project was never discussed in the just-concluded budget deliberations.
“At kung nag pi-pilot test na sila sa QC, magkakaproblema sila sa mga officials. Kakausapin ko si (Vice Mayor) Joy Belmonte,” he said.
“Hindi tatalunin ng pag-angat ng moral values sa high school sa mga kabataan, hindi tatalunin ng pamimigay ng condom,” Sotto stressed.