President-elect says he will promote birth control in Philippines
Written by Morenike Adebayo on June 28, 2016
Philippine President-elect, Rodrigo Duterte has said he will push for a three-child policy to address the swelling population. Duterte, in a speech during his attendance in his last flag-raising ceremony as mayor of Davao City, said his administration will revive the family planning policy.
Duterte pointed out that among the past administrations, it was only president Fidel Ramos who, despite opposition from the Catholic Church, strongly pushed for the Reproductive Health Law. He said he expects to lock horns again with the Church over the issue.
The country’s population has reached over one hundred and one million, based on the latest national census. More than eighty-six percent of the population is Roman Catholic, and the Church has been consistent in its stand against abortion and contraception.
Duterte however said his family planning program will involve the distribution of contraceptive pills for free and the granting of cash incentive for vasectomy or ligation. He will assume the presidency on the thirtieth of June after receiving landslide votes in the May ninth elections.