MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Sensing that her Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression (SOGIE) bill is headed for failure, Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros filed a new proposal she is calling ‘POGIE.’
POGIE stands for Pet Orientation and Gender Identity Expression.
Hontiveros’ new bill, which is aimed at protecting the rights of animals, will prohibit veterinarians from indicating the gender of newly-born pets in their birth certificates. The proposal prescribes for a waiting period of 3 years (that’s 21 in dog years) before a pet owner can have his or her animal’s gender indicated on the birth certificate.
In batting for the new bill, Hontiveros said the 3-year waiting period will allow pet owners to observe the sexual behaviour of their animal companions. It will ensure that their pets will not be wrongfully assigned a gender at birth.
The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), a volunteer-based, non-government organization whose aim is to prevent animal cruelty, has thrown its 100% support for Hontiveros’ proposal.
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguip Bureau) – The Summer Capital of the Philippines has become infamous because of controversial ordinances passed by its City Councilors and signed into law by the Mayor.
The ordinances include ‘no cussing’ and ‘no use of electronic gadgets while walking the streets of Baguio. At some point the local officials were also considering a Barangay proposal to ban the public hanging of underwear to dry.
Now, Baguio City Hall, in a move to preempt the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression (SOGIE) Bill now being deliberated on in the Philippine Senate, has passed its own local ordinance in support of the LGBT community.
The new law is called SOGO — Sexual Orientation and Gender Ordinance — which outlines comprehensive measures to prevent and outlaw discriminatory practices directed at LGBTs.
While LGBT advocates praised the new ordinance, a popular budget hotel chain is suing the city government for trademark infringement. The hotel chain, of course, is SOGO.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – All it took was one Instagram post for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to immediately decide to replace Secretary Martin Andanar of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).
The incoming Secretary? None other than Queen of All Media (and sister of ex-President NoyNoy) Kris Aquino.
In a post folloiwng Duterte’s Fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA), Aquino expressed her admiration for the President whom she described as authentic and worth emulating.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Aquino has done more than PCOO in promoting the President’s programs and policies as well as in combating gross misinformation in the international media than Andanar and his highly-paid team.
Panelo said that Kris is the most qualified to head the PCOO because of her all-around media expertise. “She’s not called ‘Queen of All Media’ for nothing,” he added.