Incoming president Rodrigo Duterte is pondering on whether to impose a policy that will limit the number of children a family can have to three.
Duterte said the three-child policy will be included in his administration’s family planning program if it pushes through, CNN Philippines reported.
The tough-talking mayor who fathered four children with different partners also dared Catholic bishops to a debate regarding the proposed policy, since they will surely oppose it.
Last week, he called out bishops and other Church officials for their supposed hypocrisy, adding that he believes in God but not religion.
Aside from this, Duterte has expressed his willingness to work with the House of Representatives to have his policies immediately enacted into law.
Some of the policies he wants are the revival of the death penalty, a nationwide curfew for minors, and a liquor and smoking ban in public areas. (Read: 8 Big Changes We Can Expect During The Duterte Presidency)
He also said he will adopt outgoing President Benigno Aquino III’s economic policies while getting the best Cabinet members to maintain the country’s stellar economic performance.
Duterte intends to keep his campaign promise of curbing crime within three to six months of assuming the presidency through his policies.