MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – They’re called Americans, Germans, Italians, Canadians, Australians — regardeless of their gender. But for Philippine citizens, they are referred to according to their gender: Filipino for males and Filipina for females.
Gender equality advocate Senator Risa Hontiveros wants to change that.
Today, she filed a Senate bill that would legislate a single term for Filipinos or Filipinas — Filipinix.
”It will just be more convenient for everybody to use a gender-neutral term when addressing Philippine citizens without having to offend either gender. It will also make communication simpler,” she told The Adobo Chronicles.
Hontiveros, who recently fought for the passage of a SOGIE (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression ) Equality bill, added that “Filipinix” will also be inclusive of transgender people who self-identify as men or women.
The Opposition Senator got the idea from a similar practice or initiative in the United States in which a gender-neutral neologism — Latinx — is sometimes used instead of Latino or Latina to refer to people of Latin American cultural or racial identity.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The next time Filipino voters go to the polls to vote for party-lists, there will be new accredited groups to choose from.
The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) today announced that it has unanimously approved the following:
- The Kabataan party-list has been abolished. In its place, two new party-lists have been accredited: the Youth party-list and the Borderline party-list. The poll body said this would end all controversy and debate on who qualifies as ‘youth.’
- Two new groups representing the Filipino transgender community have also been certified: the Pre-Op party-list and the Post-Op party-list. COMELEC says this move will be better reflect the diversity within the community.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression (SOGIE) bill proposed by Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros has backfired.
It was meant to be more inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community when it comes to outlawing discriminatory practices based on gender, race, age, health status, etc. etc.
But the bill has alienated biological women who claim their own rights to privacy and comfort in using public restrooms are under attack.
As a compromise to move her bill forward and to make it more incusive of the wider spectrum of Philippine society, Hontiveros has amended the title of her bill from SOGIE to LGBTQRSTUVWXYZ bill.
The Adobo Chronicles reached out to GABRIELA and other womens’s (and men’s) organizations for comment but has not received any response as of press time.