As we agonizingly laugh at the dumb and dumber theatrics of the freak circus side show of Tito Sotto in his legislative “brilliancy” of introducing a bill to ban poppy seeds, the Ayala Alabang Barangay council truly tops them all with an ordinance that effectively categorize contraceptives as a controlled substance. That is until we see another hilariously ridiculous theatrics that is coming our way, boy will we ever have a respite from all these madness. If Sotto’s bill passes, not that it will by any stretch of imagination, but in the Philippine legislative branch who knows what they are capable or incapable of doing embarrassing legislations. If Sotto’s bill passes does that mean the bakers will be treated as traffickers? Now, how exactly will they treat those who love their breads and pastries with poppy seeds in it or on top of it?
If you think the poppy seed fiasco is bad enough wait till you see how the circus unfolds down south of the itch errrr Makati. The Barangay Ayala Alabang ordinance penalizes anyone who advertises “by billboard, brochures, leaflets, flyers or similar means or any manner of form, sell, offer for free or endorse, promote, prescribe or distribute abortifacients.” Quite an ordinance I should say signed by its chairman, Alfred Xerez-Burgos Jr., and council members Alice Bacani, Joanna Calugcug, Maria Carmen Reyes, Maria Soledad Tugade, Mariano Manas Jr., Apolinario de los Santos III and Giancarlo Nazario. It was also signed by Sangguniang Kabataan chairman Juan Enrico Parfan and attested by barangay secretary Santos Rancudo. This is like the Talibani religious fanaticism but with an elitist twist or was it twisted? Not content with the prohibition even married couples will now have to get a physician’s prescription in order to buy and use contraceptives, what is this… a marijuana like substance that needs a prescription?
I wonder how the Barangay tanghod errr tanod will enforce the ordinance they passed, does that mean they have the authority to search couples for illegal possession of condoms. Remember these tanghod are not trained professional police but then again even professional police like that dumb cop in the tourist hostage massacre is not a guarantee that laws are enforced strictly. How much more with an ordinance passed by a mere Barangay policed by their sidekicks acting like cops with sticks in their hands.
Ayala Alabang is taunted err touted to be the Forbes Park of the south, you would think that majority if not all the residents are a breed apart being successful in their lives, so how can they elect ignoramuses in their Barangay council? Does that mean that most of them have a Taliban mindset allowing their Barangay officials in passing ordinances that are not just judiciary questionable but violative of womens rights. Since when did Barangay had the authority to impose their ignorant fanatical views on people and the privacy of couples bedrooms. Does that mean that they will now investigate couples that are not breeding like rabbits as a suspected condom or pill popping couples doing their sexual intramurals out to emjoy it and not to produce babies? Let me end this with an apt quote from Leah Salonga:
“Ignorance, at the end of the day, is what will be the death of us all. Plain and simple”