Cabral accepts bishops’ condom debate challenge

Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral on Monday accepted a challenge by two Catholic bishops to a debate on the effectiveness of condoms against preventing the spread of disease and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

But Cabral said she wants the ground rules set first, stressing she does not want the debate to revolve around religious beliefs.

Pauunlakan ko po sila (pero) if it is a question of faith, di naman pagdedebatehan ang paniniwala, dapat irerespeto natin pareho yan. If it’s a question of the function of the Church in relation to the State, dapat malinaw rin yan dahil nakalagay sa Constitution magkahiwalay ang simbahan sa estado,” she said in an interview on dwIZ radio.

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