IGACOS resort owner mulls suite vs. transgender guest

A resort owner in the tourist island of Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos) in Davao del Norte is mulling charges against a transgender, who after an alleged incident of discrimination in the resort, went to social media to place his resort and its employees in shame through “trial by publicity.”

Isla Reta Resort owner Mario Reta said his employees were affected by the “trial by publicity” caused by the transgender’s posts in social media.

Reta, in a report in SunStar Davao, said that he is considering on filing a case against Shannon Remotigue Gonzaga for the latter’s online post alleging that the resort’s management is transphobic and homophobic.

Gonzaga, who identifies herself as a transgender woman, posted on her Facebook account on Monday evening, May 10, that she was discriminated against while staying at Isla Reta Beach resort on Saturday, May 8.

The guest, who appealed to the resort employee to allow her to rinse in the female restroom, was allegedly barred from entering and was told “bawal ka diri, sa pikas ka kay gay ka (you are not allowed here. Go to the men’s bathroom because you are ‘gay’).” With SunStar Davao report

DOT probes Samal Island resort over discrimination complaint

 May 13, 2021

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) will investigate a resort in Samal Island over a sexual harassment and gender discrimination complaint against its employees and management.”The DOT is an advocate of gender equality and mainstreaming, and does not tolerate any form of gender-based… Read More

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