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No free condoms on Valentine’s Day— DoH

By: - Reporter / @mj_uyINQ
/ 09:51 PM February 13, 2012

MANILA, Philippines—Here’s something that some Catholic bishops will be happy about with respect to the on Valentine’s Day.

Health Secretary Enrique Ona on Monday said the Department of Health (DoH) will not be distributing free condoms to couples nationwide on Tuesday, Valentine’s Day.

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At the same time, Ona reminded lovers to practice responsible sex and to not engage in intimate activities if not married.  “My advice for this day is that if you are not married, don’t engage in sex,” said Ona in an interview with reporters on Monday on the sidelines of a World Health Organization meeting in Manila.

“Responsible sex means you engage in sexual practices that are acceptable to you and your religious beliefs,” he added.

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“If they (couple) want to use it (condom), then they should buy it themselves,” he added.

The DoH in the past distributed condoms on February 14 as part of its campaign aimed at curbing the prevalence of HIV and AIDS in the country. But the health agency suspended its distribution of the device on Valentine’s s Day since last year.

Last week, some Catholic bishops appealed to the DoH not to hand out free condoms to adults on Valentine’s Day. They said that the solution to the prevailing HIV/AIDS problem in the country was “fidelity to one’s spouse, obedience to God’s will and abstinence.”

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle also reminded Filipino couples celebrating Valentine’s Day that “love is divine … to banalize love is not just contrary to human soul and nobility but against the nature of God.”

“I hope Valentine’s Day will be an explosion of holiness rather than of banalities that really distort the very figure of God,” Tagle said.

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