MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Senate President Tito Sotto can’t seem to hide his beef with members of the LGBT community.
During Senate deliberations on the SOGIE (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression) bill, he pointed out that gay men will never become women because they do not have ovaries and will not be able to reproduce.
Now, Sotto is calling members of the LGBT community “deadly sinners.”
On Tuesday, Sotto called the attention of the Department of Education (DepEd) after one of its regional offices issued a memo calling for the implementation and inclusion in the school calendar the observance & celebration of LGBT Pride every month of June.
The Showbiz personality-turned-Senator said that pride is still one of the “7 Deadly Sins,” as per Christian faith and tradition.
Ergo, those who celebrate PRIDE are deadly sinners.
Sotto’s comment didn’t sit well with many Filipino nationalists who questioned: “So those of us who take pride in being Pinoy are sinners? So everyone should stop using the phrase ‘Pinoy Pride’ ?”
Meanwhile, Filipino world champion boxer and Senator Manny Pacquiao challenged Sotto to a boxing match for his uncalled for comment. Pacquiao is often referred to as the “Pride of the Philippines.”