MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Two Philippine Senators on opposite sides of the aisle have come together to try to pass a string and truly effective Bill — SOGIE.
SOGIE, of course is the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression bill which seeks to protect members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) from discriminatory acts, similar to what happened with transgender woman Gretchen Custodio Diez. Diez was prevented from using the ladies’ restroom at a shopping mall in Cubao, Quezon City. A video tape of her encounter with a mall janitress and security guard has gone viral and has generated an emotional public outcry from both LGBT supporters and critics.
It is a known fact that Pacquiao is not a fan of the homosexual lifestyle, often invoking the bible to justify his stance. Hontiveros, on the other hand, is seen as an advocate pf LGBT rights.
In the interest of national unity, Pacquiao promised to fully support Hontiveros’ SOGIE bill with one amendment: to ban all urinals in public restrooms throughout the country.
The champion boxer-turned-Senator told The Adobo Chronicles that if we eliminated the one cause of the controversy — the male urinals — then the problem will be solved. “One for all, all for one,” he said about just maintaining toilet stalls with doors and locksmon public restrooms.
“This is true equality,” Pacquiao added.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Will Maria Ressa soon join the ranks of people led by Vice President Leni Robredo who are facing accusations of sedition?
But the irony of ironies is that the Rappler CEO may have set herself up for a possible sedition charge.
In a recent interview with The Financial Times (FT), Ressa said “it would be great if we didn’t have to fight our government.”
Sedition is defined as action or language that incites people to oppose or fight their duly-constituted government.
By admitting that she is fighting the government, Ressa all but provided Exhibit A that could be used against her in the court of law.
Ressa likes to say, “A lie told a thousand times becomes the truth.”
If Ressa keeps repeating what she told FT, it may just become the truth.
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.