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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

VATICAN: Church will not bless same-sex unions

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God does not and cannot bless sin

This, after President Rodrigo Duterte said he wanted “mobile” vaccination for informal… Read More

PH prelates back Vatican’s ‘no blessing’ for same-sex unions

 March 16, 2021

MANILA – Prelates in the country on Tuesday supported the Church’s decision that it will not bless same-sex unions.“We are just affirming the teaching of the Church regarding marriage. It is the union of man and woman,” said Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco in an interview.Meanwhile,… Read More

DUTERTE supporting LGBTQIA+ rights but against same-sex marriage

Duterte supports SOGIE bill, not same sex marriage

 President Rodrigo Duterte supports a proposed legislation which seeks to ban discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE), but is not in favor of same-sex marriage, Malacañang said Thursday.Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque… Read More

Pope Francis supporting same-sex civil union

Pope Francis backs same-sex civil unions for first time as pontiff | World  News | Sky News

Pope Francis voiced his support for same-sex civil unions in a documentary that premiered at the Rome Film Festival Wednesday, October 21. READ MORE

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Duterte for same-sex civil union

Malacañang on Thursday reiterated President Rodrigo Duterte’s support for the recognition of civil union of same-sex couples in the country.Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the statement after Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time as pontiff… Read More

Duterte grants absolute pardon to Pemberton

ROQUE: President did  not erase conviction. Pemberton is still a murderer

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has granted absolute pardon to US Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton who was convicted for the death of Filipino transgender woman Jennifer Laude, Malacañang said on Monday.Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this confirmation after… Read More

Roque deplores court order for Pemberton’s early release

Laude’s death personifies the death of Philippine sovereignty and the light penalty imposed on Pemberton proves that Americans continue to have the status of conquering colonials in our country

Pemberton killed a Filipino under the most gruesome manner

MANILA – Palace Spokesperson Harry Roque on Wednesday slammed the decision of an Olongapo court to approve the early release of United States (US) Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton, who was convicted of killing transgender woman Jennifer Laude in 2014.In a statement, Roque was dismayed… Read More


Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go expressed his support for the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Equality Bill during the Senate regular session on Wednesday, August 14, 2019.
Senator Risa Hontiveros delivered a privilege speech at the opening of the Senate session, seeking the support of her fellow senators to pass the SOGIE Equality Bill following an incident involving Gretchen Diez, a transwoman, at a Quezon City mall.

Diez was arrested on Tuesday after she took a video using her mobile phone on how she was prevented by a janitress from entering the women’s bathroom at the Farmer’s Market mall in Cubao.
In his manifestation of support delivered at the Senate floor, Go said that he was approached both by Representative Geraldine Roman and Senator Hontiveros to help them pass the bill.
“Nilapitan ako ni Cong. Geraldine Roman months before upang humingi ng tulong na maipasa ang bill na ito,” Go said in his statement.
“Kanina naman, I spoke to the lady from Akbayan, Senator Risa Hontiveros, on her fight to promote the rights and enhance the welfare of the members of various sectors of our society, including the LGBTQ community, through the SOGIE Bill,” he added.

UPDATE: Duterte eyes creation of LGBTQ body: Go

MANILA – Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on Tuesday bared the plan of President Rodrigo Duterte to create a commission for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) pending the approval of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Equality… Read More

Go also said that he supports the proposed measure, recalling that his home city of Davao has the same measure to safeguard the rights of Davaoeño LGBT community.
“Suportado ko po ito. In fact, sa Davao po, meron kaming Anti-Discrimination ordinance. It declares as unlawful the acts and conduct of discrimination based on sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, descent, national or ethnic origin,” he said.
Go then called on the Senate to ensure that all citizens must be treated equally and justly, especially gender minorities who also contribute to the country’s development.
“We are all equal under the law and it is our duty in this institution to ensure that all Filipinos – regardless of their age, sex, religion, ethnicity or gender orientation – are treated equally and justly,” Go said.
“Moreover, it is only right to protect the welfare of our country’s gender minorities who have contributed to our development and nation-building and have served and continue to serve the Filipino people well,” he added.
Ending his speech, Go said that as a diverse country, the Philippines must continue to promote acceptance and inclusivity for generations to come.
“As a country that prides itself for its diversity, it is our moral obligation to safeguard a culture of acceptance and inclusivity to ensure that our children and generations of Filipinos to come will live in a nation where they feel loved, cared for and accepted,” he said.