MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Independent reports that a victim of clerical sex abuse has said Pope Francis told him God made him gay and his sexuality “does not matter”.
Juan Carlos Cruz spoke privately with the pontiff last week about the abuse he suffered at the hands of a prominent Chilean priest.
After his sexuality came up in conversation, Francis reportedly told him: “Juan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter. God made you like that and loves you like this and I don’t care. The Pope loves you like this. You have to be happy with who you are.”
Reacing to the Pope’s statement, 10% of the Filipino Catholic Bishops and priests interviewed by The Adobo Chronicles said that they fully support the Pontiff’s stance on homosexuality.
It’s just coincidence that 10% is the common estimate of the number of homosexuals, according to the Kinsey Reports on male sexuality.
The Adobo Chronicles brings you the latest Yellow news round-up as reported by reliable local and international news sources:
Newly-wed couple Senator Antonio Trillanes and Representative Gary Alejano began their two-week honeymoon in an undisclosed location somewhere in the European Union. The couple obtained their marriage certificate this week from the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands where same-gender marriage has been in place for some time now.
For the third straight year, the Philippines has been named the ‘Selfie Capital of the World,’ thanks to the efforts of the Liberal Party and other members of the opposition. The Guinness Book of World Records also noted that the Philippines is credited for starting a new world trend of ‘paper selfies’ — that is, taking self photos with documents, petitions and affidavits in hand. No other country has come close to the Philippines’ record of 258 selfie-takers per 100,000 people.
The Supreme Court (SC), acting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) has extended the term of FVP Leni Robredo by 19 days. The high court reset to July 11 the scheduled June 21 preliminary conference on the protest and counter-protest in the 2016 vice-presidential election filed by former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Vice President Leni Robredo, respectively.
Senator Risa Hontiveros has filed a copyright petition to claim exclusive ownership of her new definition of “rebellion” and “invasion.’ The smart lady senator earlier criticized President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao, arguing that the terrorist siege on Marawi City didn’t constitute rebellion nor invasion.
Incarcerated Senator Leila De Lima and Filipino American millionaire Loida Nicolas Lewis have sent a joint letter to US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley to reconsider her recent threat to withdraw from the Human Rights Council. De Lima and Lewis are very worried that if the US quits the UN council, they will lose a key ally in their allegations of human rights abuses under the Duterte administration.
In the field of entertainment, former presidential sister Kris Aquino announced on her social media page that she has been cast in her first-ever Hollywood movie. She will play Darna in the Hollywood Films and DC Comics production of ‘Darna Versus Wonder Woman,’ set to open Labor Day Weekend simultaneously in the U.S. and the Philippines.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the Philippines are celebrating two very significant events this June — the inauguration of President-elect Rod Duterte and international (gay) Pride Month.
But they are also making an important political statement by dropping the yellow from the gay rainbow colors.
A spokesperson for the Supreme Coalition of Filipino LGBT Organizations (SCFLO) told The Adobo Chronicles that the color yellow has a bad reputation in the country. It represents the misguided politics of the Aquino administration and his Liberal Party (LP) — politics that has not been friendly to LGBTs and the rest of the population.
In fact, President Aquino had repeatedly said that he was undecided on legalizing gay marriage because he is not sure if it will be good for children to have same-sex parents.
During the last presidential campagin, LP bet Mar Roxas made it clear that he was not in favor of divorce and same-sex marriage.
Duterte, on the other hand, stands in support of LGBT rights. Though he sometimes publicly throws around pejorative terms like queer, Duterte has also firmly condemned discrimination against the LGBT community in the Philippines. He has said that as President, he would consider legalizing same-sex marriage and supports allowing LGBT people to serve in the military. In an appearance on a Philippine talk show last summer, he said that he’d have no issue with his son if he came out as gay, and said that “everyone deserves to be happy.”
So, as Pinoys rejoice in the swearing in of the new LGBT-friendly president, they are also celebrating Pride by displaying the gay rainbow colors — minus the yellow.