Catholic political party “Ang Kapatiran” filed a class suit vs Department of Education over sex education

The Catholic political party Ang Kapatiran Party (AKP) Monday filed a class suit in the Quezon City Regional Trial Court to stop the DepEd plan to teach sex education because it supposedly violated the rights of parents to nurture the moral character of their children.

Parents, led by AKP lawyer Jo Imbong, Monday filed with the Quezon City RTC a 28-page petition to stop the DepEd from teaching sex education in schools.

The petitioners said that the DepEd’s Memorandum No. 261 on sex education was unconstitutional since it “[violates] substantive due process and [violates] the primary right of parents to the development of the moral character of their children.”

They further claimed that the DepEd memo also violated the families’ right to participate in the planning and implementation of policies affecting them and the spouses’ right to find a family planning method according to their religious beliefs.

The petitioners stressed that there was no need to train children as young as 9 years old on reducing fertility, preventing sexually transmitted illnesses and the reproductive health components like family planning services, condoms and contraceptive pills.

“Are they, especially the grade schoolers, already generally indulging in sex and are promiscuous enough as to warrant HIV/AIDS protection or the use of condoms, IUDs and contraceptive pills? Our kids are not that sex-liberated. Essentially, they still have conservative sex values… DepEd Memo 261 is unreasonable and arbitrary unless DepEd is candid enough to admit that its real agenda is to transform the sex behavior of our kids towards being sex-obsessed,” the petitioners said.

Sex ed not the answer

“Sex education in schools is not the answer to our population problem and poverty,” AKP head Eric Manalang said Monday.

“It promotes promiscuity among children… it does not promote the proper values that we want our children to receive in schools and we believe sex education should strictly remain a family affair,” he said.

Manalang said the chances of the legal bid succeeding were high with the CBCP, as well as various parent groups, supporting the fight.

“Issues that are not for children should not be taught in schools,” the bishops’ conference had said in a statement. With reports from Julie M. Aurelio and Agence France-Presse

Source: Philip Tubeza, “Only courts can stop sex ed, says DepEd,” Philippine Daily Inquirer 06/22/2010.

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About Quirino M. Sugon Jr
Theoretical Physicist in Manila Observatory

3 Responses to Catholic political party “Ang Kapatiran” filed a class suit vs Department of Education over sex education

  1. i’m so impressed by peopLe who truLy cLaim that they are catholic by trying their very efforts to block such an act. even if Sex ed may seemed harmLess. it is a camoufLage of the eviL ones cunning ways. Like an angeL of light. i agree what was said. Sex Ed is never the answer. Never wiLL be. Parents shouLd be responsibLe. by being strict & ofcourse going back to the roots of our christian education. The media ofcourse, is such a powerful influence in today’s society. Once, i read Mother Angelica quoting whiLe still planning to start her tv station. said;” who ever has the media, controls the church!” so, i believe Satan too is i control in some of the church’s children led astray by such lies. i believe this may be another way to uncover his lies. no dark survives when light penetrates it. We just need someone to stand up. that’s how a christian should be. i’m in support of opposing Sex Ed by offering my adoration for it starting now. thanks to this blog. forgive me if my message may have grammar defects. i’m in a hurry & just saying what i have in mind right now. to fight the filth in the church not just in the clergy but also in the secular world which where the Church also stands struggling. the filth our dear present pope meant are the examples which the government wants to push. So, Let’s be good citizens of heaven by trying to destroy it’s babel by confusing them with the whole truth rooted in our christian education & of course our very own God inspired constitution. indeed, family code has been violated. let’s pray to Our Lady who alone can destroy the heresies in world to stop this another form of heresy that what is evil becomes good. if his is what they call philosophy? i consider it more stinky than their stinky old socks. their socks of ideas. Ave Maria!

  2. Thank you for sharing this news. For me, “sex education”, the term itself should not even be heard by children and young people who are not in their matured ages. This is the problem of humanity, sex is what always we use – even in education. Why not reproduction, instead of sex?

  3. Ben Vallejo says:

    Sexuality is the right term. Sex in our species is not always for reproduction even if we have allow that to happen. John Paul II made it clear that sex is also for pleasure in “Love and Responsibility”. What is intrinsically wrong is to give no chance for reproduction to happen.

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