This ordinance has gotten a lot of media "foreplay."
2. Condom condemnation
Law low-down: Bararangay Ayala Alabang's Ordinance No. 1, entitled "Protection of the Unborn Child of 2011," requires residents "to present prescriptions to buy condoms and contraceptive pills."
Legal status: The ordinance basically says, if you want to have sex without worrying about an unplanned pregnancy, the you're one sick individual. So, go to the doctor and say, "Please prescribe me some condoms so I can have sex with my wife that's not geared for reproduction." It says nothing about penalizing residents who hoard condoms from other locations though. Well, at least it didn't go all the way to the Dark Ages...just three-fourths of the way.
Did this movie also inspire the bill?
1. Clone wars
Law low-down: In 2004, Cagayan de Oro Representative Constantino Jaraula filed House Bill No. 148, "An Act Prohibiting Human Cloning in the Philippines and Providing Penalties for Violation Thereof."
Legal status: It's been pending with the House Committee on Justice since July 27, 2004. Only God knows what earth prompted the congressman to come up with this law. In 2004, one movie that dealt with clones was The Stepford Wives remake starring Nicole Kidman. Maybe he watched that and got scared? It's good to know that he's optimistic enough to think we could actually clone humans here during his lifetime and so he's taken the precaution to ensure there won't be any clones walking around the Philippines at all. If that's not patriotism, we don't know what is.
Art by Warren Espejo