[In the news] Palace on RH: Democracy gives people a choice | The Philippine Star News Headlines
By Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star)
MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang yesterday defended the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill that President Aquino is espousing, taking into consideration the benefits of a democratic country like the Philippines where people have a choice.
“This is part of democracy. The people cannot be forced to do only one method,” Presidential Communications Office for Strategic Planning and Development Secretary Ricky Carandang said.
Carandang said the overall objective is to give people a choice in contraception, whether the artificial or the natural method.
Last Sunday, the President hinted to graduates of the state-run University of the Philippines that he is willing to be excommunicated for supporting legislated birth control measures.
It was the strongest statement so far from the President on the burgeoning population issue.
Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Aquino has not wavered on his stand since the 2010 campaign.
Aquino said he is not afraid of threats of excommunication.