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Explore: Sex and Religion in Manila

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Manila, capital of the Philippines, is one of the fastest growing cities on Earth and evidence of population pressure is everywhere.

In this devoutly Catholic country there are moves to introduce a reproductive health bill to provide free contraception. The Church, fearing a breakdown in family values, is resisting the move, and blames the widespread poverty on bad government rather than population growth.

Reporter Seyi Rhodes meets Josie, an impoverished mother of 11 children, and her eldest daughter April.

Explore, a travel-based journalism series, provides an insight into exotic parts of the world, revealing stories about the environment, globalisation, and politics. The episode Sex and Religion in Manila is on BBC Two at 23:20 GMT, on Thursday, 19 February.

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