'Read RH bill first before supporting it', Sen. Trillanes

Senator Antonio "Sonny" Trillanes IV is appealing to the public to read first the different versions of the Reproductive Health (RH) bill before supporting or promoting it.

Trillanes made the statement amid the escalating word war between the Catholic Church and advocates of the RH bill, which he said would only do little to help educate the public on the issue.

"The public are unwittingly supporting the RH bill because they being led to believe that the measure would control population growth and allow access to contraceptives. But the thing is, contraceptives can be accessed freely now and the DOH, in fact, has been distributing contraceptives even without the RH bill. Also, there is no provision in the RH bill that would help control the population," Trillanes said.

"On the other hand, a controversial provision of the RH bill which should be scrutinized is the inclusion of sex education in the curriculum of preschool or Grade 5 students," the young legislator added.
He questioned the readiness of young children to handle a very sensitive subject such as sex, and the capability of our teachers to teach a subject they're not trained for.

"Only the parents know when their kids are ready to be educated about sex and it's definitely not when they are in Grade 5. Are we ready for a scenario wherein kids would one day approach their parents and say, 'Mom, we were taught how to put on condoms in school today?" Trillanes said.