Despite squaring off with top legislators in the Philippine politics, Manny Pacquiao proved that he is fearless both inside the ring and out. He took his battle on a new level but we won‚Äôt be seeing him clad in his usual shorts and gloves. He would be clad in a formal Americana suit as he battles against the imposition of the Reproductive Health Bill. This time, he will be stating his stand on television. Manny hoped to reach out and convince people to oppose the said bill during the GMA News TV’s “RH Bill: The Grand Debate” which airs on Sunday, May 22.
Pacquiao stated that RH bills would not be an effective tool to combat poverty as opposed to President Pnoy‚Äôs claim. Manny affirmed that the main root of poverty should be eliminated and that is graft and corruption in the government.
“Sana piliin natin yung hindi labag sa utos ng Panginoon. Walang sinabi kung ilan lang dapat ang anak. Ang solusyon sa problema ay sugpuin ang kurapsyon at magkaisa tayong lahat,” Pacquiao said during the show’s taping at GMA Network studios on Tuesday, May 17.
“Sa ngayon pa lang, wala pa iyong RH Bill, gumagamit na iyong ibang tao ng condom o pills,” Pacquiao added.
Pacquiao is well-supported with his flamboyant and feisty Mommy Dionesia who both agreed that Filipinos should opt for a family planning method that is God-centered. He claimed that using contraceptives is certainly against the law of God. Instead of contraceptives, Manny suggested on the natural family planning which coincides with the Church‚Äôs pro-life advocacy.
“I-educate ang mga tao (on family planning) na hindi naman labag sa Panginoon. Piliin natin ang kautusan ng Diyos, hindi ang kautusan ng tao,” Pacquiao said in the debate.
Pacquiao insisted that RH bill would not fully eliminate poverty. Other laws and programs should be implemented in its stead.
“Bakit hindi na lang tayo gumawa ng batas na siyang magiging kasagutan sa kahirapan n gating bansa? Sa dami natin dito sa Kongreso ay maaaring mahanap natin ang kasagutan sa problemang ito hindi tulad ng RH Bill na sa aking pananaw ay masyadong divisive,” Pacquiao said.
Pacquiao is joined by many other scholars and experts who explained there side whether they would agree that the RH Bill be considered immoral or not. Representatives from religious, academic, women and government sectors joined the debate.