While Secretary Cabral believes that “the matter of who gets appointed by the new president to the cabinet is his absolute prerogative,” she tells FN, “I am heartened by the unsolicited show of support and through [FN] would like to express my sincere thanks to all.”
If you will recall, Secretary Cabral came under fire last Valentines Day for distributing condoms to the public —several Catholic bishops even called for her resignation, saying that “condoms don’t prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.” Secretary Cabral responded on ANC’s Dateline Philippines by saying, “I think [distributing contraceptives] is the right thing to do in order to promote the health of the people and that is a mandate the DOH has. We are just doing what we are supposed to do.”
A recent Social Weather Station (SWS) study has shown that seven out of ten Filipinos support the distribution of condoms in the nation to prevent sexually-transmitted diseases—the results of FN’s own poll on the matter are in favor of distribution as well.
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