SETTING the issue aside, the barangay council, after giving oppositors the run-around, refusing to release copies of the ordinance even, finally agreed to a larger public meeting so that residents could be fully informed about the controversial ordinance.
Residents inform me that the auditorium in La Salle Zobel was literally divided into two sides (a rope delineated the boundary) and everybody was asked to register. Initially, barangay officials refused to allow non-residents (mostly for the “No” side) to enter but were prevailed upon by residents who said they were their “visitors.”
Speaking for the “Yes” side were lawyer (and non-resident) Louie Sison, former Sen. Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr., and Dr. Angelita Miguel Aguirre. Speaking for the “No” side were lawyer Frank Chavez, former congressman Ruffy Biazon, and lawyer Mario Aguinaldo. The “No” side also brought in representatives from the Department of Health, the DILG and the Food and Drug Administration, while the “Yes” side had for its resource person 13-year-old Paolo P. who asked the audience: “Would you like your children to be doing these dirty acts?” In reply, said a blogger and tweeter covering the event, the audience erupted: “Yes, but with condoms!”