Senate President Sotto : SOGIE Bill should cover rights of everyone

Senate President Sotto : SOGIE Bill should cover rights of everyone

The debate is on

Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Thursday maintained that the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Orientation Equality (SOGIE) Bill should consider the rights of everyone and not only the lesbian, gay, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) community.

The issue regarding the SOGIE bill has been like a movement against women’s rights.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III
(photo credit to MB)

The Senate President cited, for instance, the alleged abuse of some LGBTQs amid the fresh push for the proposed law that will prohibit discriminatory acts based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and orientation.
For instance, Sotto cited a female netizen’s Facebook post complaining about being threatened by three transgender women after she called them out for allegedly exposing their male genitals inside the ladies’ restroom.
“Definitely, it’s going to be subject to abuse. Kitang-kita ngayon pa lang, eh (It is already evident as early as now),” Sotto told mediamen.

Sotto stood firm on his opposition on the SOGIE Bill as he repeated that this would impinge on the rights of religious, educational institutions, companies, and this time, women.
“I feel very strongly about it because it has turned from a transgender rights to a women’s rights,” Sotto said.

“This is now an issue on women’s rights because I feel that a woman’s body is a temple and to her, the toilet is sacred. It’s where she has a weakest point. Kaya kung ikaw meron kang sandata, hindi ka dapat dun nag c-CR. You go to the men’s room,” he added. 

 “If you are infringing on the rights of others, particularly the women, then you have no right to do it,” Sotto said.

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