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.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – McDonald’s may have finally found its best answer to Jollibee’s chicken joy: a new hamburger menu item it is calling “Ricky Reyes Hamburger.”
The American fast-food chain came up with the new concept after a video surfaced on social media where the renowned, openly-gay hairstylist, philanthropist and businessman chastised fellow gay Filipino men .
Asked about the bill seeking to protect LGBT people from discrimination which is now pending in Congress, Reyes said, “Kung ikaw ay may nota, sa lalaki ka. ‘Pag may kipay ka, sa babae ka. Nirerespeto kita bilang tao, nirerespeto kita bilang bading, pero lumugar tayo sa tamang lugar.” (If you have a penis, you are a man. If you have a vagina, you are a woman. I respect you as a person, I respect you as a gay man, but let’s stay in our place.)
“Kung nagpa-opera ka, ang bakla, miski may kipay na, may boobs na, bakla pa rin ang utak niyan,” he said. “Gilingin mo man ‘yan, ang labas niyan baklang hamburger.” (Even if you’ve undergone surgery, a gay man, even if he has a vagina, or boobs, he still thinks like a gay man … Even if you grind them, they will come out as gay hamburgers.)
The new hamburgers will cost just P69.