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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2011 3:12 pm 
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Manila's Aquino risks Church ire on contraception bill
17 April 2011

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MANILA (Reuters) — Philippine President Benigno Aquino pledged on Sunday to push for the passage of a reproductive health bill in Congress as a tool to fight poverty even at the risk of excommunication from the Roman Catholic Church.

Efforts to enact a law that would promote access to sex education and contraception have been blocked since the 1990s by powerful Roman Catholic bishops. Around 80 percent of the country's 94 million people are Catholic. "I remain committed to push the passage of a law for responsible parenthood," Aquino told graduates of the country's premier state university. "I know there are those who oppose it. At risk of excommunication, it is my obligation as leader to explain my principles to them, even if their minds are already closed. But, in the end, I must listen to my conscience and do what is right."

Last year, Catholic bishops denied threatening to impose canonical sanction against the president due to his plans but reminded him to consider the church's position. The bishops said some forms of contraception were tantamount to abortion. Abortion is illegal in the Philippines.

Aquino has indicated support for the bill, raising hopes it could be passed, but the measure was not on a list of priority bills submitted to Congress. During his speech, Aquino spoke of meeting an unemployed 16-year-old boy with two children. He said: "How will they feed their children when they have no jobs? Who is to blame for their situation? How did such responsibility fall on them? More importantly, how can I help them?"

The church says tackling corruption would do more to reduce poverty than slowing population growth. The Philippines has one of the region's highest rates of maternal deaths — an average of 11 women a day die giving birth. Foreign missions and international agencies have been urging the Philippine government to adopt a reproductive health legislative framework as an anti-poverty strategy. The European Union has also called for the passage of a maternal health law, saying slower population growth would improve health and lower poverty. It has promised $50.5 million health package to raise contraceptive usage in low-income, rural communities.

(Reporting by Manuel Mogato; Editing by Andrew Marshall)
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 4:50 am 
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Woman told to remove personalised number plates due to rude Filipino translation

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Kristen Perry was given the nickname Kiki as a baby in relation to her Greek heritage Photo: Kristen Perry

By Bonnie Malkin, Sydney
20 April 2011

An Australian woman was told to remove her personalised number plates which bear her nickname 'Kiki', following a complaint that the word is Filipino for a part of the female anatomy.

Kristen Perry, known as Kiki by her friends and family received a letter from the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) in New South Wales demanding that she show "just cause" for using the plates, otherwise they would be confiscated. The RTA said it had received a complaint from a member of the Filipino community because Mrs Perry's nickname Kiki translates to "vagina" in Tagalog.

"At first I thought it was a joke, but then I realised it was actually quite serious and that my number plates would be taken off me if I didn't respond appropriately," Mrs Perry said. She said she was given the nickname Kiki as a baby in relation to her Greek heritage and had no idea of its other meaning. She was given the personalised plates as a gift from her husband five years ago. Her family was also surprised when she told them the translation, she said. "I rang my father last night and said: 'Do you know you have been calling me vagina all my life?'," she told her local paper, the Newcastle Herald. "He just said 'What?' He was appalled."

After a wave of public support for her cause, the RTA backed down, saying it would take a "common sense approach" to the matter. However, it issued a warning that "personalised plates must not carry offensive language, religious or sexual content".

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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 4:51 am 
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So what does it matter what it means anywhere else than in Australia???
If it doesn't mean anything objectionable in Australia then there's no issue here!

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Philippine city holds mass circumcision for youths
7 May 2011

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A boy tries to control himself as doctors work on him during a free circumcision surgery Saturday, May 7, 2011, in Marikina city, east of Manila, Philippines.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Hundreds of boys in a Philippine city turned out Saturday for a daylong "circumcision party" to provide a safe, free procedure for a rite of passage that most local males undergo as preteens.

Some boys cried in their mothers' arms while others bit their shirts to stifle sobs as doctors carried out the surgery on dozens of makeshift operating tables inside a sports stadium in Marikina city east of Manila. Outside, other boys lined up to await their turn.

"I'm a big boy now," one boy who had just finished the surgery bragged.

Officials said the event — touted in a press statement as a "circumcision party" — aims to promote safe circumcision and to offer to poor residents free surgery that would otherwise cost at least $40 in private hospitals. As of mid-afternoon, nearly 1,500 boys aged 9 years and up had been circumcised while many were still waiting in line, city health officer Dr. Alberto Herrera said.

In the Philippines, preadolescent and adolescent boys traditionally are circumcised during summer school break from March to May. In rural areas, the surgery is sometimes performed by non-doctors using crude methods. The city also hopes to establish a world record for the number of people attending a mass circumcision.

"We applied for the Guinness Book of World Records and we are recording everything so we can send all the data to them and hopefully it will be recognized," Vice Mayor Jose Fabian Cadiz said. Marikina, the country's shoemaking capital, was recognized by Guinness in 2002 for creating what was then the world's biggest pair of shoes.

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Two Swedes jailed for life for Philippine Internet porn
May 11, 2011

MANILA (Reuters) — Two Swedes have been jailed for life in the Philippines for violating human trafficking laws by running a live Internet porn operation in a southern city that catered to foreigners.

The convictions were the first legal victory in the battle against foreign-operated porn operations in the Philippines, said Lalae Garcia of the Tubaga movement, a women and children rights group on the southern island of Mindanao. "This is definitely a major victory for abused and exploited women," she told reporters after a court in Cagayan de Oro sentenced the Swedes and three Filipino accomplices.

Law enforcement agencies say cybersex, or providing sexually explicit material over the Internet, is a growing industry in many parts of the world, including in the Philippines, where there is perceived to be a low risk of arrest and high returns.

The court, in a May 6 judgment that was released on Tuesday, also fined the Swedes, Emil Andreas Solemo and Bo Stefan Sederholm, 2 million pesos ($46,500) each. The three Filipinos were jailed for 20 years and fined 1 million pesos each. "Disrespect for Filipino women and violations of our laws deserve the strongest condemnation from this court," read part of the 25-page court decision.

Justo Yap, National Bureau of Investigation regional director, said 18 women, aged 19 to 24, some of whom were naked and sending live feeds to clients abroad, were rescued after a raid on a premises in April 2009.

(Reporting by Manuel Mogato; Editing by John Mair and Nick Macfie)
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:17 pm 
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Church and state clash over sex and condoms in the Philippines
By Kathy Marks
Thursday, 19 May 2011

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Manny Pacquiao: 'God said go forth and multiply' and not 'go and have one or two children,' said the world champion boxer turned congressman this week
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A 13-year battle between church and state in the Philippines, one of the world's most devoutly Catholic nations, has come to a head over government plans to provide free condoms and sex education.

Catholic bishops have threatened to excommunicate President Benigno Aquino over a reproductive health bill introduced into the Congress yesterday. As well as the powerful church, Mr Aquino is opposed by one of the most popular figures in the Philippines, the world champion boxer turned congressman Manny Pacquiao. Mr Pacquiao said this week that he would never have been born, or become a champion, if his parents had used contraception. "God said go forth and multiply," he declared. "He did not say just go and have one or two children."

The aim of the bill is to control population growth, reduce HIV infection rates and eradicate the need for women to seek backstreet abortions. Mr Aquino, who is determined to see it become law, is prepared to be banished from the church, if necessary. "I have been taught in school, which was a Catholic institution, that the final arbiter really is our conscience," he said yesterday.

But the church, which has enormous clout in the Philippines, is not about to give way. Since 1998, it has quashed several previous versions of the bill. "Sex is not a game that should be taught to children, along with the use of condoms, supposedly to avoid disease," the Archbishop of Manila, Gaudencio Rosales, told an anti-contraception rally in the capital two months ago.

About 80 per cent of Filipinos are Catholic, a legacy of the country's Spanish colonial past, and they look to the church for political as well as moral guidance. Two former presidents, the dictator Ferdinand Marcos and Joseph Estrada, were forced out of office by "people power" revolutions backed by religious leaders. Mr Aquino's late mother, Cory, another former president, was bolstered by the church's support.

Advocates of improved education and condom provision point to the rapidly growing population, which has doubled to 94 million in the past 30 years, and to the fact many people live in grinding poverty. While the HIV infection rate is low compared with other Asian countries, public health officials say tougher measures to prevent the spread of the disease are needed.

With abortion still illegal in the Philippines, 560,000 women visit backstreet clinics annually, according to a report by the New York-based Centre for Reproductive Rights. Of them, an estimated 90,000 experience complications, and 1,000 women die every year.

The church advocates abstinence and the bishops have called for condoms to carry warning labels, saying they create a false sense of security and encourage promiscuity.

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Same- sex marriage in Baguio draws criticisms
27 June 2011
by Maira Wallis

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MANILA, Philippines — Eight pairs of lesbians and gays got married in Baguio City on Saturday amid oppositions from the Catholic Church and a group of pastors from Baguio and Benguet.

The Guiding Light Christian Church maintained that marriage should be between a man and woman only. But the Metropolitan Community Church, who held the ceremony, said it did not violate any law and that the wedding was legal. This came amid news that New York City has also legalized gay marriage. It became the sixth state in the United States to do so.

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On Sunday, the Baguio Pride Network, lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) group, celebrated its anniversary by holding a protest action and demanding equal rights. The Baguio Pride Network also called on the government to stop the killings of LGBT members. The group claimed that 104 LGBTs have been killed from January to June of this year.

Meanwhile, Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño, who attended the event, said his priority right now is to push for the passage of his anti-discrimination bill instead of passing a resolution making same-sex marriage in the country legal. Casiño said his bill has been pending at the House of Representatives for almost a year now.

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A "Piss Christ" scandal in the Philippines

Artwork featuring penis crucifix and rabbit-eared Jesus infuriates majority Catholic nation

by Patrick Winn
August 9, 2011

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Just as U.S. conservatives were outraged by the "Piss Christ," artwork featuring a crucifix in a jar full of urine, the Philippines is in a tizzy over artwork that mixes imagery of Jesus Christ and wooden penises. Conservative Filipinos such as former dictator's wife Imelda Marcos -- she's a congresswoman now! -- are aghast that such art is displayed in the government's Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila.

Another piece at the center features Jesus with a clown nose and Mickey Mouse ears. Some religious figures in the devoutly Catholic nation are considering legal action, according to The Inquirer, a paper based in Manila.

As for the Piss Christ, first unveiled in 1987 and awarded in a contest linked the National Endowment for the Arts? It's still, ahem, pissing people off. Just three months ago, the artwork -- a photo of the urine-soaked crucifix -- was vandalized by angry Christians while on display in France.

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'Sex strike' success in Philippine village: UNHCR
16 September 2011

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Women in the southern Philippines brought peace to their strife-torn village by threatening to withhold sex if their men kept fighting, the UN refugee agency reported Friday.

The "sex strike" in rural Dado village on the often lawless southern island of Mindanao in July helped end tensions and bring some prosperity to the 102 families living there, said UNHCR national officer Rico Salcedo.

"The area is in a town which is subject to conflict, family feuds, land disputes. The idea came personally from the women," Salcedo told AFP. The idea was conceived by a group of women who had set up a sewing business but found that they could not deliver their products because the village road was closed by the threat of violence, Salcedo said.

Sporadic shooting incidents between men in the village had occurred especially near the road, the UNHCR said. "There had been a string of clan conflicts. You would have a number of men who would go against another family. There were scattered incidents of shooting at each other," said UNHCR staffer Tom Temprosa.

The sewing group's leader, Hasna Kandatu, said they warned their husbands they would be cut off from sex if they continued causing trouble. "If you go there (to fight), you won't be able to come back. I won't accept you," Kandatu recalled telling her husband, in a video on the UNHCR website. Her husband, Lengs Kupong, recalled his wife telling him: "If you do bad things, you will be cut off, here," he said, motioning below his waist.

Feuds between Muslim clans over land, money or political influence have been a major source of violence in the southern Philippines, helping fuel a Muslim separatist insurgency and brutal crimes, rights groups and scholars have said. In the worst case of such feuds, members of an influential Muslim clan are being tried for allegedly murdering 57 people in the south in 2009 to keep a rival family from challenging them in local elections.

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US apologises for sex tourism remark: Philippines
8 October 2011

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The US ambassador to the Philippines has apologised for his controversial remark that 40 percent of male tourists visit the country for sex, according to the foreign department.

Harry Thomas sent the apology through a cell phone text message to Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario on Friday, a spokesman said. In a statement, the US embassy confirmed that Thomas had expressed "deep regret" for his remark.

Last month, Thomas sparked a furore when he said: "Forty percent of foreign men who come to the Philippines, including from the US, come for sex tourism."

Government officials quickly disputed the claim, complaining that the envoy's remark had hurt the Philippines' image. "I am sending you a response expressing regret for my comments. I should not have used the 40 percent statistic without the ability to back it up," the spokesman quoted Thomas as saying in his text message.

The ambassador's claim about sex tourists came amid Philippine government attempts to revitalise the country's tourism industry, which for years has lagged behind other Asian countries. The Philippines recorded an all-time high of 3.52 million visitors last year and the government is aiming for tourist arrivals of six million by 2016.

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Filipino father admits burning son after discovering three children were gay
by Stephen Gray
5 January 2012

A Filipino father has told police he drunkenly attacked his son after learning that three of his children were gay.

The Philippine LGBT Hate Crime Watch said today that 19-year-old Edmund Padilla was left with burns and blisters after his father, Erano, attacked him with boiling water. Erano Padilla reportedly told police he attacked his son as a result of pent-up feelings experienced when he found out three of his children were gay. He has been charged and detained. The PLHCW is calling for justice for Edmund Padilla and for tougher national action by the government.

Reighben Labilles, a spokesperson for the PLHCW, said: “We plead to the government to initiate pro-active programs that provides parents and LGBT children the opportunities to promote freedom of expression of sexuality and gender. “In a free society, the parents should respect the rights of their LGBT children and stop altogether corporal punishment. We are born this way and you cannot punish us to change our sexuality.”

Labilles added: “Since Edmund Padilla is already 19 years old, he may no longer be covered by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and our national child protection laws, yet we fear that so many violent acts perpetrated by parents and legal guardians against their LGBT children go unreported. It is so urgent for Congress to find ways to protect sons and daughters of whatever age from family-based violence and the Convention is a good place to start.”

Last week, the PLHCW called on President Benigno Aquino III to address the violation of LGBT Filipinos’ rights following the landmark Geneva speech by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calling for renewed efforts to protect gays’ human rights.

Marlon Lacsamana, the group’s founder, said: “LGBTs in the Philippines are still on the receiving end of stigma, hatred, violence, exclusion, homophobia, transphobia and discrimination. The statement from Secretary Clinton hits close to home as she was speaking of conditions present in our country.

“We hope this will be considered by President Aquino’s administration to encourage the full implementation of human rights protections of LGBTs in law, policies and programmes.”

The PLHCW says 147 LGBT people have been murdered since 1996, with an estimated 37 murders recorded in 2011 alone.

Source: PinkNews.

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Discrimination fuels rise of HIV in Philippines
6 July 2012

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AFP - Discrimination against homosexuals and people infected with HIV is contributing to the rapid rise of the incurable disease in the Philippines, officials and health activists said Friday.

Despite the country's tolerant image, people with HIV are being ostracised by their communities and even by doctors, the officials said at a forum on the rights of infected people.

Among the forms of discrimination are people being tested without their knowledge, test results being leaked and infected people being detained, quarantined and even forced to leave their homes. "AIDS is the modern day leprosy," said Edu Razon, head of Pinoy Plus, an association of people infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

As a result, many people hide the fact that they are infected or even avoid testing outright, making it harder to prevent the spread of the disease. "People don't want to be tested because of the stigma. There is this fatalistic notion -- they'd rather not know," Razon told the forum.

The number of HIV/AIDS cases detected in the Philippines, which has a population of 94 million people, is still relatively small with only 9,669 cases recorded since 1984, health department figures show. But the Philippines is one of only seven countries listed by UNAIDS (the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS) to have suffered rising infection rates in 2010. Susan Gregorio, executive director of the government's AIDS council, said there were an estimated 27,840 cases of HIV/AIDS in the Philippines this year, with that figure expected to climb to 35,940 by 2015.

Infection rates are rising particularly among homosexual men and are spreading outside of the highly-urbanised areas where the virus used to be concentrated, she warned. Discrimination against homosexuals and transsexuals is further deterring them from being tested, the health activists said. "Society embraces homosexuals as long as we make you laugh (and) as long as we don't demand special rights," said Jonas Bagas, executive director of TLF-Share, a gay rights group. He told the forum that police in Manila routinely raided establishments frequented by gay men so they could extort money from them.

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Gay sex fuels HIV rise in Catholic Philippines
26 July 2012

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AFP - Gay sex in a conservative Catholic society where the influential church forbids the use of condoms is fuelling an alarming rise of HIV infections in the Philippines, experts warn.

The Southeast Asian country is facing a HIV epidemic, with sex between men making up nearly 90 percent of all new cases, according to the health department and the United Nations' Development Programme (UNDP). Ten new infections are being detected every day, three times the rate of just a few years ago, the UNDP said. Although the total of 9,669 confirmed cases is relatively small in a population of nearly 100 million people, authorities acknowledge many more cases likely remain undetected and point to the concerning upward trend.

The Philippines is one of only seven countries globally where HIV cases have risen by 25 percent or more since 2001, according to the UNDP. "This is a worrying explosion of HIV cases marked by a shift in the way the virus is transmitted," Philip Castro, the UNDP's HIV/AIDS programme officer in the Philippines, told AFP. He said 87 percent of new infections were attributed to unprotected men-to-men sex (MSM), in a country where condom use overall is one of the lowest in Asia. "What's more alarming is that more than 60 percent of (those engaging in) MSM had reported having unsafe sex in their last contact," Castro said.

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Lack of public education about HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, as well as the shame of living with the disease, also prevent many from acknowledging infections and seeking help, health experts said. They lay a lot of the blame on the powerful Catholic Church, of which 80 percent of the population are followers, for spreading a conservative message they say has led to a lack of understanding and tolerance about condoms.

Unprotected sex remains extremely common in the gay community, according to Humphrey Gorriceta, who contracted HIV after having unprotected sex with multiple male partners. The 37-year-old former art gallery manager is now campaigning to raise public awareness about the dangers of unsafe sex and help other people infected with HIV. "I know a lot of people living with HIV that are not allowed to go to school, to attend church services and gain access to certain health services," he told AFP. "HIV is like the modern leprosy, except it is hidden."

Gorriceta said two friends who were diagnosed with HIV committed suicide recently due to depression. "I helped the police take down one of them from hanging on the ceiling," he said. Gorriceta, one of only three men who have publicly come out about their disease, said he believed the number of people with HIV was higher than the official tally. "Not all the people who are supposed to be tested get tested, and many of them are not properly aware of condom use," said Gorriceta, who is studying for a masters degree in public health.

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A student hoists an anti-homophobia placard during a rally at the University of the Philippines in the town of Los Banos, Laguna province, south of Manila on July 19.

And while nearly all the new HIV cases in the Philippines are being detected among the gay community, prominent safe sex campaigner and columnist Ana Santos warned other sectors of the community were also in danger. She said there were cases of bisexual men who contracted HIV after having gay sex, then unknowingly transmitted the disease to their girlfriends or wives. "They were having sex with other men or transgenders and were also having sex with their partners," she said. "These are things that are not openly talked about so we do not have a complete understanding of this phenomenon. Our society is very conservative, people are not open to talking about sex much less about men having sex with men." Santos also said religious edicts had influenced society so that sexually active people often did not buy condoms or contraceptives because of shame.

Condoms are sold in drug stores at about a dollar a piece, but this is beyond the reach of the masses in a country where a third of the population live on less than that amount each day. And with the church pressuring politicians, a 15-year campaign for parliament to pass a reproductive health bill that would require government to give free condoms to the poor has failed. The bill would also require that sex education be taught in schools.

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Experts point to a long-running education, medical check-up and condom give-away programme that has curbed the spread of HIV among the sex worker community as proof that such methods work. "Based on our assessment, limiting HIV/AIDS among female sex workers has been a relative success," UNDP's Castro said.

The church insists, though, that monogamous partners in responsible relationships is the key to stopping the spread of HIV. "The reproductive health bill or any law for that matter, would not address rising HIV prevalence," said Melvin Castro, head of the church's episcopal commission on family and life. "Change of attitude and lifestyle will."

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UN weighs in on Philippine birth control debate
5 August 2012

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AFP - The United Nations warned that failure to pass a controversial birth control law in the Philippines could reverse gains in development goals amid stiff opposition from the powerful Catholic Church.

The bill seeks to make it mandatory for the government to provide free contraceptives in a country where more than 80 percent of the population is Catholic and which has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in Southeast Asia.

Ugochi Daniels, country representative from the UN Population Fund, said on Sunday she remained "cautiously optimistic" that President Benigno Aquino's allies who dominate the House of Representatives could muster the numbers to pass the bill on Tuesday after 14 years of often divisive debate. "What is important now is to highlight the urgency of the bill," Daniels said.

The UN, in a separate statement, said the Philippines was unlikely to achieve its millennium development goal of reducing maternal deaths by three quarters and providing universal access to reproductive health by 2015. The body said it had "extensively studied" the proposed law which once passed could "vastly improve health and quality of life" in a country where a third of the population live on less than a dollar a day. A rise in unwanted pregnancies could swell the number of people in poverty, and lead to an explosion in urban slum populations, the UN said. And while the country has been enjoying economic expansion of more than five percent in recent years, the gains could be reversed, it warned.

"Hopes of future prosperity could turn to dust if the country is not able to deal with the population growth," the UN said. Daniels said maternal deaths would continue to rise with more and more women getting pregnant at a young age without the proper health care and access to key reproductive information. Between 2006 and 2010, the maternal mortality rate rose 36 percent to 221 deaths per 100,000 live births, from 162 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2000 to 2005, according to the government's 2011 Family Health Survey. And many of those giving birth were girls between 15 and 19 years old, the UN said.

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Some 7,000 Catholic people attend an anti reproductive health (RH) bill rally in Manila.

"I think we've gone from 11 (maternal deaths) a day to between 14 and 15 a day now. And unfortunately, most of these are poor women," Daniels said. The UN Population Fund was "very concerned" about the rising number of deaths, she said, noting that even in war-torn Afghanistan the trend was downwards. She urged Philippine lawmakers to quickly pass the bill and "stop failing our young". "This is now the time. We have been waiting for a very long time," Daniels said.

The UN's call came as Catholic priests and nuns led thousands in a protest rally in Manila Saturday to urge lawmakers to scrap the bill. Besides free contraception, it would also give the poor preferential access to family planning services in state hospitals, while lessons on family planning and sex education would become compulsory in schools and for couples applying for a marriage licence. The UN has said a lack of education and access to condoms has led to an explosion of HIV infections in the Philippines, which it said is now one of seven countries in the world where cases have risen by 25 percent or more since 2001.

Aquino has signalled his backing for the bill ahead of Tuesday's vote in the House of Representatives. The Senate, the upper house of parliament, also needs to pass the bill before it can become law, but some of its leaders were seen giving their support to the church rally Saturday.

Source: France24.

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New law points to Philippine church's waning sway
3 January 2013
By HRVOJE HRANJSKI

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An anti-abortion sign flashes on an electric signboard outside the Roman Catholic Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in downtown Manila, Philippines on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Twenty-six years after Roman Catholic leaders helped his mother marshal millions of Filipinos in an uprising that ousted a dictator, President Benigno Aquino III picked a fight with the church over contraceptives and won a victory that bared the bishops' worst nightmare: They no longer sway the masses.

Aquino last month signed the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 quietly and without customary handshakes and photographs to avoid controversy. The law that provides state funding for contraceptives for the poor pitted the dominant Catholic Church in an epic battle against the popular Aquino and his followers.

A couple with links to the church filed a motion Wednesday to stop implementation of the law, and more petitions are expected. Still, there is no denying that Aquino's approval of the legislation has chipped away at the clout the church has held over Filipinos, and marked the passing of an era in which it was taboo to defy the church and priests.

Catholic leaders consider the law an attack on the church's core values - the sanctity of life - saying that contraceptives promote promiscuity and destroy life. Aquino and his allies see the legislation as a way to address how the poor - roughly a third of the country's 94 million people - manage the number of children they have and provide for them. Nearly half of all pregnancies in the Philippines are unwanted, according to the U.N. Population Fund, and a third of those end up aborted in a country where abortion remains illegal.

Rampant poverty, overcrowded slums, and rising homelessness and crime are main concerns that neither the church nor Aquino's predecessors have successfully tackled.

"If the church can provide milk, diapers and rice, then go ahead, let's make more babies," said Giselle Labadan, a 30-year-old roadside vendor. "But there are just too many people now, too many homeless people, and the church doesn't help to feed them." Labadan said she grew up in a God-fearing family but has defied the church's position against contraceptives for more than a decade because her five children, ages 2 to 12, were already far too many for her meager income. Her husband, a former army soldier, is jobless. She said that even though she has used most types of contraceptives, she still considers herself among the faithful. "I still go to church and pray. It's a part of my life," Labadan said. "I have prayed before not to have another child, but the condom worked better," she said.

The law now faces a legal challenge in the Supreme Court after the couple filed the motion, which seems to cover more ideological than legal grounds. One of the authors of the law, Rep. Edcel Lagman, said Thursday that he was not worried by the petition and expected more to follow. "We are prepared for this," he said. "We are certain that the law is completely constitutional and will surmount any attack on or test of its constitutionality."

Over the decades, moral and political authority of the church in the Philippines is perceived to have waned with the passing of one its icons, Cardinal Jaime Sin. He shaped the role of the church during the country's darkest hours after dictator Ferdinand Marcos imposed martial law starting in 1972 by championing the cause of civil advocacy, human rights and freedoms. Sin's action mirrored that of his strong backer, Pope John Paul II, who himself challenged communist rulers in Eastern Europe.

Three years after Aquino's father, Benigno Aquino Sr., a senator opposing Marcos, was gunned down on the Manila airport tarmac in 1983, Sin persuaded Aquino's widow, Corazon, to run for president. When massive election cheating by Marcos was exposed, Sin went on Catholic-run Radio Veritas in February 1986 to summon millions of people to support military defectors and the Aquino-led opposition. Marcos fled and Aquino, a deeply religious woman, was sworn in as president.

Democracy was restored, but the country remained chaotic and mired in nearly a dozen coup attempts. The economy stalled, poverty persisted and the jobless were leaving in droves for better-paying jobs abroad as maids, teachers, nurses and engineers. After Aquino stepped down, the country elected its first and only Protestant president, Fidel Ramos. He, too, opposed the church on contraceptives and released state funds for family planning methods.

Catholic bishops pulled out all the stops in campaigning against Ramos' successor, popular movie actor Joseph Estrada, a hero of the impoverished masses who made little attempt to keep down his reputation for womanizing, drinking and gambling. But few heeded the church's advice. Estrada was elected with the largest victory margin in Philippine history. Halfway through his six-year presidency, in January 2001, he was confronted with another "people power" revolt, backed by political opponents and the military, and was forced to resign.

His successor, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, styled herself as a devout Catholic and sought to placate the church by abolishing the death penalty and putting brakes on the contraceptives law, which languished in Congress during her nine years in power. It mattered little. Arroyo's mismanagement and corruption scandals set the stage for Aquino's election on a promise to rid the Philippines of graft, fix the economy and lift millions out of poverty. The scion of the country's democracy icon took power several years after Sin's death, but it was a different era in which the church was battered by scandals of sexual misconduct of priests and declining family values.

The latest defeat of the church "can further weaken its moral authority at a time when this is most badly needed in many areas, including defense of a whole range of family values," said the Rev. John J. Carroll, founding chairman of the Jesuit-run John J. Carroll Institute on Church and Social Issues. He said he wondered how many Catholics have been "turned off" by incessant sermons and prayers led by the church against the contraceptives law, and how much it contributed to rising anticlericalism and the erosion of church authority.

"People today are more practical," said Labadan, the street vendor. "In the old days, people feared that if you defy the church, it will be the end of the world."

Associated Press writers Jim Gomez and Teresa Cerojano contributed to this report.
Source: AP.

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