Palace clarifies Pres. Duterte will not certify SOGIE bill as urgent

Palace clarifies Pres. Duterte will not certify SOGIE bill as urgent

- The Palace said that President Rodrigo Duterte will not certify the SOGIE bill as urgent

- Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that the President wants to push an Anti-Discrimination Law

- Panelo explained that the admin cannot legislate for a “particular class only”

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Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo has clarified the issue that President Rodrigo Duterte will certify the SOGIE bill as urgent.

KAMI learned that according to Panelo, the President will push an Anti-Discrimination Law but not the SOGIE bill.

In a report by the Inquirer (author Nestor Corrales), Panelo also mentioned that the President was referring to the Anti-Discrimination Law that already existed in Davao.

“Actually what he meant was an anti-discrimination law or bill, not the SOGIE bill. Not that one,” Panelo said.

“He was referring— In fact he said, ‘I have that, we have that in Davao.’ So he was really, specifically referring to that Anti-Discrimination Law in Davao,” he added.

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Panelo said that the government could not legislate for a “particular class only.”

“You cannot discriminate the handicapped, special children, the third gender, everyone,” Panelo argued.

“You cannot legislate for a particular class only. You are discriminating,” he added.

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In a previous report by KAMI, President Duterte told the reporters that he would certify the SOGIE bill as urgent.

Recently, SOGIE bill has become controversial after the incident when transgender woman Gretchen Diez was prevented from using the ladies’ comfort room.

The SOGIE bill aims to promote equality and protect the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. The proposed measure is being pushed by Senator Risa Hontiveros.

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