Sotto says SOGIE bill takes religious and academic freedom away

Sotto says SOGIE bill takes religious and academic freedom away

- Senate President Tito Sotto has commented over the SOGIE bill

- He said that the proposed measure would put an end to academic and religious freedom

- However, Sen. Risa Hontiveros said that the SOGIE bill respects the religious and academic freedom

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Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III commented over the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Expression (SOGIE) bill.

KAMI learned that for Sotto, the SOGIE bill puts an end to religious and academic freedom.

In a report by the ABS-CBN News, Sotto said that some provisions of the proposed measure penalize institution for not issuing marriage licenses to LGBTQ+ members.

"Pagbabawalan ang mga institution na pagbawalan ang cross-dressing sa eskuwelahan. Pagbabawalan na magturo ang kahit anong institusyon na ang man and woman lang. Maraming probisyon na ganun na nababagabag ang mga kasama natin," Sotto said on DZMM.

"Hindi puwede mag-discriminate sa pagbibigay nang lisensiya tulad nang marriage license sa kahit anong gender. Anong ibig sabihin nun? Saan papunta 'yun?" he added.

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In another report by the ABS-CBN News, Senator Risa Hontiveros, the author of SOGIE bill, said that the proposed measure respects the academic and religious freedom.

“Wala pong probisyon tungkol sa same-sex marriage sa SOGIE Equality Bill. Yung marriage equality na iyon ay bahagi ng maaaring buuin ng longer term rainbow agenda,” Hontiveros told DZMM.

"Nirerespeto ng SOGIE Equality bill yung freedom of belief,” she added.

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In a previous report by KAMI, Sotto said that the Senate was able to get the CCTV footage of Farmers Plaza for the inquiry involving transgender woman Gretchen Diez.

The Senate President mentioned that the footage showed what happened before Diez took the viral video after she was barred from using the ladies’ restroom.

Born on August 14, 1948, Vicente "Tito" Castelo Sotto is the 29th Senate President of the Philippines. He became popular as a TV host of variety show “Eat Bulaga!”

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