Akbayan distributes free condoms on V-day to raise awareness on RH Bill
Akbayan party list members and volunteers gave away free condoms at the Nepa Q Mart in Quezon City yesterday, reports ABS-CBN News. Led by Akbayan Rep. Kaka Bag-ao and former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros, the group distributed the contraceptives while saying "Happy Valentine’s! Support the RH (Reproductive Health) Bill; here’s your free condom!"
With the condoms, the group carried heart-shaped placards with statements like "Have a heart; pass the RH Bill!" and "Support the RH Bill!" According to ABS-CBN News, people at Nepa Q Mart were "amused" and accepted the condoms from Akbayan.
During her term as Health secretary in the previous administration, Esperanza Cabral initiated condom distribution on Valentine’s Day as part of the department’s campaign against HIV/AIDS. Because the Department of Health did not hand out condoms this year, Bag-ao said, "Kung ayaw nila gampanan ang kanilang trabaho sa publiko, kami na lang gagawa nito (If they do not want to do their job, we will do it for them)."
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