MANILA, Philippines - Sultry singer-dancer Mocha Uson challenged the Catholic Church to excommunicate her for supporting the proposed reproductive health (RH) bill.
In an interview with abs-cbnNEWS.com, Mocha, who is a Catholic, stressed that she is just supporting sex education for the youth and women's health.
"Kung gusto nila, sige i-excommunicate nila ako kung gusto nila," Uson said.
"Hindi ako natatakot kasi wala naman akong ginagawang masama. Matagal ng isyu ito. Actually huling huli na tayo. Hindi ako natatakot kahit makipagharapan pa sa kanila. Naniniwala ako sa RH bill at sa sex education. RH bill is pro-better life," the sultry singer added.
Uson said that aside from sexually transmitted diseases (STD), the incidence of teenage pregnancy in the country is increasing. She said that she gets a lot of emails asking her about sex, which only means that the youth are not getting proper education when it comes to sex.
"Mayroon akong sex blog so marami akong natatanggap na emails from teenagers asking about sex, safe sex. Doon ko na-realize na kailangan ng effective sex education sa mga school. Kasi nga walang gumagabay sa kanila. Sa bahay hindi pinag-uusapan. Sa school hindi din, so naghahanap sila ng information sa labas," the singer explained.
To show her support for the RH bill, Uson and her group joined tricycle drivers and pro-RH bill advocates like Davao Rep. Marc Cagas on Tuesday morning in giving away condoms and purple ballers with the words "I Love Sex Education". They gave these away to the people around Batasang Pambansa complex in Quezon City.
Asked for her reaction to the critics who see her move to support the RH bill as a mere publicity gimmick, Uson replied: "Gusto kong magkaroon ng contribution kasi naniniwala ako sa sex education. So I love sex. Sex exists with or without RH bill."
Mocha vs. Manny
Mocha is not the only celebrity who has taken a stand on the RH Bill.
Before Mocha, international singer Lea Salonga vocally expressed her support for the bill.
One of the anti-RH bill advocates, on the other hand, is boxing champ and Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao.
Uson admitted that she is a fan of Pacquiao, but added that when it comes to the country's problem, Pacquiao should use his head.
"Kumbaga idol ko sa Pacman. Champion of the world. Sana maging champion din siya ng mahihirap. Kasi ang RH bill kailangan ng mahihirap ‘yan. Sana maging champion of the poor siya at ipaglaban niya ang mahirap,” Uson said.