BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio City) – Pretty soon, you may not be able to say ‘anech itits’ (what’s this), ‘chaka’ (cheap) or even ‘beki’ (gay) if you live in or visit Baguio City. These are words and phrases that are part of the unique and colorful language of gay men and women called ‘swardspeak’ or ‘gayspeak.’
Encouraged by the signing of her proposed ordinance banning profanity in schools and businesses frequented by young people, City Councilor Lilia Fariñas is mulling a new proposal that would totally ban the use of swardspeak. Mayor Mauricio Domogan is reportedly prepared to sign such new proposal if it comes to his desk.
”It is time to bring morality back to our beloved city,” Fariñas said, “so in addition to banning cuss or curse words, I am proposing to ban gay words as well. They’re as disgusting and painful to the ear. Besides, it’s only members of the gay community that understand this weird language, to the detriment of straight people.”
The Baguio City Government has been criticized for the Anti-Profanity Ordinance for being in violation of the Constitutional Right to Free Speech. No less than Malacañang and Senator Miguel Zubiri have said that the Ordinance may not pass the Constitutional test if challenged in Court.