- Senate President Tito Sotto said that they were able to get the CCTV footage of the Farmers Plaza
- He claimed that the footage showed what really happened before the viral video of Gretchen Diez
- Sotto said that there was a “deception” in the viral video
Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III claimed that there was a “deception” behind the viral video of transgender woman Gretchen Diez.
KAMI learned that Sotto revealed that the CCTV footage of the mall told a different story over what happened to Diez before she took the viral video.
"Dun pa lang may deception na eh sa balita sa viral video...Hindi pinakita kung ano ang nangyari before that," Sotto said in an interview on DZMM.
The Senate President explained that he was able to get the CCTV footage for the Senate inquiry. He narrated what happened based on the footage.
"May pila sa ladies' room… Paglabas nung isang babae, nagreklamo sa dalawang janitress na may lalaki sa loob. Parang ganun ang sinasabi. Hindi naman nila pinansin kasi wala naman silang nakitang hitsurang lalaki," Sotto said.
"May isa pang sumunod, tinuro nagturo na sa linya daw hindi raw babae, nakabihis na babae. Nilapitan nung janitress, sinabi sa kanya na huwag na lang dito dahil may nagrereklamo. Itinuro siya dun sa PWD, or doon sa other nila, third toilet nila,” he added.
However, Sotto mentioned that the PWD toilet was occupied when the janitress left Diez there. A few moments after, Diez went back and started the argument with the cleaning staff.
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Sotto also mentioned that it is rare for him to hear that women are comfortable to see cross-dressing men using the ladies’ restroom. He said that Bataan 1st District Rep. Geraldine Roman has a different case.
"Sa mga kababaihan, bihira ako makarinig na babae na natutuwa na mayroon, let's say lalaking nakabihis babae sa loob. Iba ang sitwasyon ni Congresswoman Geraldine Roman. Siya'y babae na eh. So walang problema sa kababaihan. Pero paano 'yung mukhang lalake, na lalake pala...They feel awkward. Marami ang nagsasabi sa amin," he said.
In a previous report by KAMI, Diez and Rep. Roman went to the Palace and met with President Rodrigo Duterte.
Senator Bong Go shared that President Duterte supports the passage of SOGIE Bill. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo also mentioned that the President supports the LGBTQ+ rights.
Diez went viral on social media after she was barred from using the ladies’ comfort room at the Farmers Plaza.
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