Duterte to push birth control law; cites father of 9’s struggles as an instance

Image by President Rodrigo 'Rody' Duterte via Facebook page
  • President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to address overpopulation through birth control law
  • He cited a Davaoeno father’s struggles on raising his 9 children as a highlight to this resolution
  • He said: ‘I’m a Christian but I’m a realist. We have to do something about our overpopulation’

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President-elect Rodrigo Duterte stands firm in his resolution to push birth control law and introduce the three-child policy in the Philippines, to address the burgeoning population in the country that has become one of the major issues every new administration try to resolve.

In Duterte’s visit to one of Davao city’s slums, he chided Julie Sumaliday, a jeepney barker, for having 11 children, reported ABS-CBN News. He said:

“Nagalit ako kasi may nangangak doon 10 na ang anak, sabi ko ibalik ko talaga ang family planning. It will do us good. Ako naman I said, I’m a Christian but I’m a realist. We have to do something about our overpopulation.”

[I was mad because there’s someone who already had 10 children and is still giving birth. I said I will bring family planning back. It will do us good. I’m a Christian, but I’m a realist. We have to do something about our overpopulation.]

Duterte bantered about dismembering Sumaliday’s male organ to highlight his encouragement for birth control.  This is despite the Church’s stand on population. Sumaliday and his wife had 11 children, but one of their sons had a meningitis and died two years ago at 14, while one of their daughters died two months after birth in 2010.

Sumaliday, 41, is earning a mere P400 per day; his wife, unemployed. His 22-year-old son works at a construction site to help for their needs. Given the situation, they’re lucky to get free electricity from the city government.

Sumaliday said had he known about the birth control implant before, they wouldn’t have this much children.

“Kung meron lang ito nung mga panahon na iyon, hindi dumami ang anak namin. Eh nalaman namin ngayon na marami na kaming anak.

[If we found out about this earlier, we won’t have this much children. But we only learned about it recently.]

Sumaliday, whose youngest is now 4 years old, said his wife continues getting birth control implant to avoid getting pregnant again.

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