Ayala Alabang trends on Twitter due to condoms

 Barangay officials of Ayala Alabang released on February 24 its Protection of the Unborn Child Ordinance of 2011, which provides “for the safety and protection of the unborn child within the territorial jurisdiction of Barangay Ayala Alabang (and) fixing penalties for its violations.”

The ordinance incorporates elements of Republic Act 5921, which was enacted in 1961 to regulate pharmaceutical practices in the country.

Among the Act’s provisions that is incorporated into the Ordinance is Section 37, which states in part: “No drug or chemical product or device capable of… preventing conception as classified by the Food and Drug Administration shall be delivered or sold to any person without a proper prescription by a duly licensed physician.”

The ordinance considers condoms as “contraceptive” devices that fall under this classification. Violation of the ordinance carries a minimum fine of P1,000 and a maximum jail term of one year.

The ordinance has raised more than a few eyebrows, most notably from the verified Twitter account of @MsLeaSalonga. The message was retweeted over 100 times in the hour since it was posted.

There is such a stir in the online community over the ordinance that ”Ayala Alabang” became a trending topic worldwide, peaking at fifth place as of 5:00pm.

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