Filed under “Irresponsible Things Our President Says,” President Rodrigo Duterte discouraged people from using condoms because, for him, they’re not pleasurable to use. And if you think he was joking, he wasn’t.
Duterte said this at an event hosting returning OFWs from Kuwait, which mostly consisted of women. It seemed like it was meant to promote the government’s distribution of free contraceptive pills but also proceeded to say, “Wag ‘yang condom kasi hindi masarap ‘yang condom. Hindi, totoo. Hindi ako nagpapatawa… Alam ko ayaw ninyo ng condom so either mag-pa-injection kayo good for six months. Bahala ka kung ano.” (Don’t use condoms because it doesn’t feel good. It’s true. I’m not joking… I know you don’t like condoms so just get a [contraceptive] shot that’s good for six months. Your choice.)
Duterte’s remark also placed the burden of contraception and family planning on women.
“There is nothing pleasurable or funny about the rise in our cases of HIV and teen pregnancy,” Sen. Risa Hontiveros said in a statement. “The President’s statement is a virtual insistence that women should continue to carry the burden of family planning alone. This contradicts one of the aims of the Reproductive Health Law, which he claims to champion, to ensure equality in responsibility as far as family is concerned. This is unacceptable.”
This incident comes after Duterte’s order to shoot female rebels in the vagina. We don’t know about you but we’re really feeling just how much he’s making women’s lives more difficult in various aspects. But all of us should do our part to properly educate each other and not put anyone’s health and safety at risk.