Janine Tugonon supports RH bill, against divorce

Posted at 12/24/2012 6:02 PM | Updated as of 12/24/2012 6:02 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Miss Universe 2012 first runner-up Janine Tugonon expressed her support for the reproductive health (RH) bill in light of the recent ratification of the measure in both houses of Congress.

Miss Universe 2012 first runner-up Janine Tugonon

Speaking on ANC's "Headstart" on Monday, Tugonon said she believes that people should be given the responsibility to control.

“Yes, we are here to reproduce, but also we are given the responsibility to control what we can do. If the RH Bill will help our people, so be it,” she said.

Tugonon said she also sees no problem with the use of artificial contraception for as long as one is married.

“Yes, I would to manage my family. Pero kung kaya naman na natural, 'yun na lang. Pero kung hindi, okay lang sa akin. I want two to three kids,” she said.

But the 23-year old beauty queen was firm in saying that one should not have sex before marriage.

Tugonon said that’s one of the reasons she feels blessed to have her boyfriend of eight months, Jaypee Santos, who really respects her.

“Yun nga ang sabi ko eh. Wala ng lalaki na ganyan na magsa-sacrifice and rerespetuhin ka ng ganun. Sabi ko wala na masyadong lalaki na -- this is my stand, this is my principle,” she said.

“For me, marriage is sacred. Ngayon kasi parang naging norm na lang ng tao na ‘Come on let’s do it.’ Pero iba pa rin siguro yung pakiramdam kapag ginawa mo after,” she added.

But while she supports the RH bill, Tugonon does not want divorce to be legalized in the country.

“Siyempre ako I believe in marriage pa rin. Kapag siya na ang pinakasalan mo, kailangan kahit anong pagdaanan niyo, ipaglaban niyo,” she said.

Tugonon said she grew up in a broken family and she knows how painful it is to have separated parents.

“Ayaw kong mangyari 'yun sa akin kasi alam ko ang magiging epekto nun sa anak ko... Gusto ko hanggang pagtanda, buo ang family ko,” she said.

“Actually ako, since hindi ko naman masyado nakasama yung dad ko, cool lang ako. Si Ate ko 'yung mas affected. Kaya ako naapektuhan kasi nakikita ko affected siya. Pero ngayon nag-uusap naman kami,” she added.