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.
DAVAO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Davao Bureau) – President Rodrigo Duterte donated his house in Margarita Village along J.P. Laurel Avenue, Davao City to the House of Hope, a charity group providing temporary shelter to children with cancer.
House of Hope Foundation vice president Fatima-Inderah Disomimba said during Kapihan sa PIA Friday, February 15, that the property was transferred to them last January based on a deed of donation signed by the President.
In the past years, Duterte allowed the use of his three-bedroom house at Margarita Village for the House of Hope but at that time, the title to the property was still under his name.
The Davao Children’s Cancer Fund, Inc. (DCCFI), or the House of Hope (aka Kids of Hope), mainly operates using donations.
Meanwhile, former President NoyNoy Aquino set up a barricade in the perimeter of the Aquino family home on 25 Times Street in Quezon City.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – Watch your language. This is the gist of an animal rights group’s advice to people.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) now says that the phrase, ‘bring home the bacon’ is quite offensive to pigs.
But it’s not only pigs that get hurt from human expressions. Worms, horses, birds and bulls as well.
So, PETA has come up with suggestions on how humans can tone down their offensive rhetoric agains animals (see chart).
Meanwhile, The Adobo Chronicles also came up with suggested language that can be substituted when talking about human beings — men, women, children, homosexuals and persons with disabilities: