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
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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.
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.
President Rodrigo Duterte supports the fair treatment of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, Malacañang said on Thursday after a report on a transwoman being discriminated against went viral.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the act of barring transwoman Gretchen Diez from entering a female restroom in a mall in Cubao, Quezon City is a “violation” of the city’s Gender-Fair Ordinance that protects members of the LGBT community from discrimination.
Under the local measure, it is unlawful to “ridicule, to commit harassment, disallow the entry from any establishment, promote discrimination and to commit any act that demeans the dignity and self-respect of a person.”
“Our position is we have to respect LGBT. Tsaka (And) another thing, there is an ordinance. There is an ordinance to respect them so violation yung gingawa doon satransgender (so what was done to the transgender is a violation),” Panelo said in a Palace briefing.
Panelo, however, acknowledged that the mall and cleaning crew has issued an apology to Diez and expressed willingness to be educated on LGBT rights.
“I remember the President expressed support for the LGBT one time so I think he will support that kind, gusto nun palaging (he always wants) fair treatment to all,” Panelo said.
“We have to respect the rights of all people. Kung yan ang choice nila eh (If it’s their choice),” he added.
Asked if Duterte would certify as urgent the passage of the sexual orientation or gender identity or expression equality (SOGIE) bill, Panelo said he will ask the President but will leave it to Congress to act upon it.
“Passage will depend on the wisdom of the lawmakers. We cannot encroach on that, sa kanila ‘yun (that’s theirs),” Panelo said.
The SOGIE bill, which was refiled by Senator Risa Hontiveros in the 18th Congress, seeks to penalize discrimination against the LGBT community by a fine of PHP100,000 to PHP500,000 or imprisonment of six to 12 years subject to the discretion of the court.
Senators Christopher “Bong” Go and Imee Marcos have supported Hontiveros’ SOGIE bill.
Earlier, Mayor Joy Belmonte slammed the mall management for rejecting Diez from entering a female restroom and assured the members of the LGBT community that Quezon City will protect their rights. (PNA)