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.”
QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Quezon City Bureau) – CNN is reporting that University of the Philippines (UP) officials are asking students to drop talk about a recent hazing issue which surfaced in an alleged conversation among Sigma Rho members, following the death of one of the fraternity’s brothers.
UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan said that all students, faculty and other concerned parties should stop posting and forwarding messages on social media related to the death of the Sigma Rho member. “Let us do this out of sense of decency and respect for the privacy of the family,” Tan said.
The first to react to U.P.’s appeal was Senator Risa Hontiveros who told The Adobo Chronicles that would be filing a bill to privatize U.P. Diliman.
”We hear you, Chancellor Tan,” Hontiveros said, “so we are responding positively to your appeal for privacy by proposing legislation to privatize the state university in Diliman and possibly the other U.P. campuses nationwide.
Senate President Tito Sotto expressed support for the proposal, saying it will save a lot in terms of taxpayer money.
QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Quezon City Bureau) – They’re supposed to be allies, but one is now ridiculing the other for flimsy, clothing issues.
The University of the Philippines (UP) and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) are both known for breeding activists and are the poster schools for student protests.
But when PUP students launched a protest against a new dress code and staged a mass activity throwing out their clothes from the university’s upper floors, UP students laughed it off.
“When we protest, we take all our clothes off,” a UP student leader said. He was referring to the annual Oblation Run in which members of a fraternity run around the campus naked to protest national issues.
In response, a PUP student leader said the naked run is nothing that UP can be proud of. “It’s all hype: lots of small thingy’s and masked and ashamed faces “ he said.