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Aiza Seguerra opposes Senator Tito Sotto’s take on DOH’s promotion of safe sex

The former child star supports the Department of Health in their projects promoting safe sex to the youth.

BY JOAN LEARY

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1/20/2017 12:30 AM
Aiza Seguerra opposes Senator Tito Sotto’s take on DOH’s promotion of safe sex


011917-AizaTito_PUSH.jpgNational Youth Commission (NYC) Chairperson Aiza Seguerra voiced out his opinion regarding the Department of Health’s efforts in promoting safe sex to the Filipino youth. He also slammed Senator Tito Sotto, who strongly opposes in artificial birth control.

“Mabilis na pagtaas ng HIV/AIDS lalo na sa kabataan, laganap na teenage pregnancy at patuloy na pagtaas ng populasyon ang nagiging sanhi kung kaya't marami sa ating mga kababayan ang naghihirap at hindi nakaka access ng dekalidad na serbisyo ng gobyerno,” the former child star said on Facebook.

“Hindi po ito haka-haka, Mr. Senator. These are facts. Based on science and research,” Aiza added.

“Matagal ng ipinagpaliban ang pagpapatupad ng RH dahil sa ‘beliefs’ ninyo and look where it has brought us. You say ‘it's insensitive to dismiss the sentiment of a conservative culture just because they failed to implement effective health programs.’ We have an epidemic here, a youth epidemic.

“It is precisely because of this ‘sentiment of a conservative culture’ kaya lalong pataas ng pataas ang HIV…Would you rather people keep dying of HIV/AIDS as long as hindi na ooffend ang sensibilities ninyo? Now, sino ang nag iimpose ng beliefs sa nakararami?” he questioned.

Sen. Sotto reacted to Aiza’s statement and said men having sex with men acquire HIV not young students. "I'd rather believe the former secretary of health than fledgling politicians," the Senator said.

"Besides, for their information, HIV is smaller than the pores of condoms which can only prevent pregnancy. Scientifically proven...I suggest they buy themselves some time to read and study before you speak about serious issues that men like me have been championing for decades," he added.

Many were surprised with Aiza and Sen. Sotto’s disagreement for the two closely worked together when the former was still a child actress and the latter was a TV host and comedian.