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LGBT rights protected in proposed anti-discrimination law: Palace

September 13, 2019 - Friday 5:09 PM by MDM

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Malacañang remained firm in its position that the proposed anti-discrimination law will address all forms of discrimination, including those perpetuated against the Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgenders, Queers, + (LGBTQ+) sector. 

In a statement, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel and Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo reiterated what President Rodrigo Duterte actually meant regarding the issue, saying Duterte will certify as urgent the anti-discrimination bill. 

“The basis there is the subsequent explanation of the President. When he said 'mayroon na ako niyan sa Davao noon, iyong (I already had that in Davao City before, the) Anti-Discrimination Law.' So he was actually referring to that,” Panelo said. 

“Moreover, with respect to anti-discrimination against this particular class, that can be included in the general anti-discrimination law. I saw last night that it is one of the topics in the anti-discrimination law of Senator [Sonny] Angara, andoon eh,” he added. 

Panelo said under the anti-discrimination bill, everyone will be protected from undue discrimination regardless if it is made on the basis of gender or any other factor.

“Kasi nga hindi pwedeng class legislation, eh 'di i-include mo na lang (That’s because we cannot create class legislation so why not just include them?) And even Congresswoman [Geraldine] Roman said so herself that they are welcoming that,” he said.

“This is an anti-discrimination bill so pasok lahat. All forms of discrimination against any person or particular class of persons,” he added. MDM