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.”
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.