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‘Wag kayo maniwala sa pari! Duterte tells Pinays to take birth control pills

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With more Filipinos trying their luck abroad to get out of poverty, President Rodrigo R. Duterte has appealed to married couples to limit the number of their children.

Duterte said the Philippines was having a difficult time managing its resources for its 110 million population.

“We have 110 million. That is why life is difficult. If we only have 50 million, we can manage our food, enough for all, then there are jobs,” the President told the Filipino workers, many of whom had no legal documents.

He encouraged Filipinos to use contraceptives to limit the size of their family.

“Magpa-injection lang kayo… or the pills. ‘Wag kayong manganak. ‘Wag kayong magpalabas masyado ng tao kasi ako, ako naaawa ako sa tao. (Just use injectable contraceptives or the pills. Do not give birth too much because I pity our people),” Duterte said.

The President said big families could become dysfunctional, especially if one or both parents work abroad.

“If both of you leave, the family tree will flounder. It is not only socially unstable. You will leave your children to your sisters or relatives. Children are pitiful. You have no idea if they are being beaten because you are out there,” Duterte said.

“So limit (your children). Don’t believe too much in your religion because that is also a hindrance,” he added. (PNA)