MANILA, Philippines – Amid the national debate over the passage of the controversial bill on reproductive health (RH), comedian-host Vice Ganda made known his stand on family planning on noontime variety program "It's Showtime."
|Vice Ganda. File photo
Vice Ganda on Saturday expressed dismay over parents whose family size prove unmanageable in terms of providing a good standard of living for their children.
He challenged the oft-used adage, "Kahit mahirap, masaya, basta sama-sama" ("Despite being poor, we're happy, as long as we're together"), in light of married couples having a large family size, that would later become cause for their children to live in poverty.
"Gusto ko ngang tanunging kung ang sarap ng madaming anak, na angsaya, na kahit mahirap basta magkakasama, masaya.
"Hindi totoo eh. Para sa aking pananaw, baluktot talaga 'yung paniniwala na kahit maraming anak, kahit maghirap tayo, basta magkakasama. Hindi," said Vice Ganda, who had also expressed disappointment in contestant-family for having "too many" children.
"Kasi kung mahal mo ang pamilya mo, hindi mo hahayaang magdusa at dumanas ng kahirapan," he added.
Vice urges couples: Control family size
The outspoken comedian also urged married couples to lend thought to controlling the size of their family -- an option that is among the main features of the proposed RH Bill.
"Kaya sa mga magiging magulang, sa mga magtataguyod ng pamilya, magpapakasal, hindi kinakailangang maraming anak, 'di ba.
"Kahit kaunti lang, pero 'yung pagmamahal mo dun sa anak, sa kagandahan at ginhawa ng buhay, ay parang pang-10 na anak 'yung binigay mo sa kanya," Vice Ganda said.
The "Praybeyt Benjamin" star's impromptu tirade, he shared, stems from having witnessed the condition of families who were given temporary shelter at the Sto. Domingo Church in Quezon City. The church has served as an evacuation center for flood-hit residents after incessant rains drenched Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
"Sa dinami-dami, sa ilang libong andun sa simbahan na ginawa nilang evacuation center, puro bata talaga. Sabi ko, ano ba 'to, sa isang pamilya ata may quota na sampung bata.
"Andami-daming pamilya, hirap na hirap sila, na puro bata, andaming sanggol na naghihirap, nakararanas ng paghihirap," he said.
Poverty is among the issues aimed to be addressed by the RH Bill, which was recently placed in the pipeline for the period of amendments and a vote on 2nd reading.