PRESS STATEMENT FROM GMA-7:
"Should the Church be involved with issues on sex? On Wednesday, GMA News TV’s Bawal ang Pasaway kay Mareng Winnie looks into the book about homosexuality that was endorsed by the CBCP, and the controversial Ayala Alabang ordinance that seeks to implement measures in accordance with the Church’s anti-Reproductive Health bill stance.
"Host Winnie Monsod talks with Archbishop Oscar Cruz about the book Homosexuality and the Catholic Church that recognizes same-sex attractions and homosexuals but denies their freedom to engage in sexual acts. Archbishop Cruz says it is possible for homosexuals to be chaste and there is hope for them to change.
"Meanwhile, Ramil Andag of LGBT group UP Babaylans says such a book could lead to further discrimination of homosexuals. It poses a double standard and shows that they are still treated unfairly in our society. He says homosexuals do not have a disorder and they do not need to be ’fixed.’
"Prof. Monsod also speaks with Ayala Alabang Barangay Captain Alfred Xerez-Burgos and why they came up with an ordinance that requires their residents to get prescriptions for condoms and contraceptives. Burgos claims that they are following due process and conducting hearings before they implement the ordinance.
"Finally, former Health secretary and Ayala Alabang resident Esperanza Cabral explains why she opposes the ordinance. She reminds the captain that their barangay is not Afghanistan and residents should be free to decide on an issue as personal as contraception.
"Bawal ang Pasaway kay Mareng Winnie airs every Wednesday, 8 PM on GMA News TV Channel 11."
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