MANILA, Philippines—An official of the Catholic Church wants concerned agencies and television networks to stop airing condom advertisements, saying these ads would encourage greater promiscuity among young people.
“These ads are corrupting the minds and hearts of our young people. And these are being shown in the prime time so the children will be able to watch it,” Father Melvin Castro, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines’ Commission on Family and Life said over church-run Radio Veritas.
“We are appealing to the concerned agency to review ads that respect the young people,” he said.
The priest lamented that such condom advertisements seen on free television have been allowed despite the status quo ante order issued by the Supreme Court suspending the implementation of the controversial Reproductive Health law.
“It only shows that with or without the RH law, they can do everything they want,” Castro said.
“The mere fact that they are able to advertise things like that only goes to show that there’s no need for a law really to push their interests,” Castro added.
Castro also dared advertising companies to make commercials that promote social and moral values.
The CBCP has been one of the staunchest critics of the reproductive health law that would mandate the government to provide contraceptives and reproductive health services to households and communities.