MANILA – After bickering over the health department’s proposal to distribute condoms to at-risk teenagers in high school, National Youth Commission chair Aiza Seguerra and Senator Vicente Sotto III have patched things up.
Speaking to reporters, Sotto said he and Seguerra have already reconciled through text message.
He said Seguerra first sent a text message to his daughter Ciara as well as Pauline Luna, wife of Vic Sotto. The latter is the senator’s long-time pal in the entertainment industry.
"Then later on she texted (me) and she apologized,” Sotto said.
Seguerra, a former child star who worked with Sotto in a noontime show, earlier slammed the senator for condemning Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial who plans to distribute condoms to at-risk high school students.
Seguerra said Sotto does not seem to grasp the gravity of the problem of teenage pregnancy and HIV/AIDS (Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) epidemic in the country.
Sotto has been at the forefront of the fight against the distribution of artificial birth control methods to the general public despite the passage and upholding of the constitutionality of the Reproductive Health Law.
The senator recently traded barbs with Ubial, who took to social media to air her frustrations against those who are opposing her department’s plan to distribute condoms to students.
Reacting to Seguerra's statement, Sotto claimed that the rise in HIV cases in the country cannot be attributed to sexual contact between students, but on men having sex with men.
"I'd rather believe the former secretary of health than fledgling politicians," Sotto said, referring to former Health Secretary Janette Garin, who also opposes plans to distribute condoms in schools.
Ubial has clarified that condoms would not be given to students “just like candies”. She said students will need to undergo proper counseling.