Sotto on SOGIE bill : It won’t pass Senate even with PRRD certification

Sotto on SOGIE bill : It won’t pass Senate even with PRRD certification

The other day, President Rodrrigo Roa Duterte certified the sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (Sogie) bill as a priority bill.

Senate President who is known for being against the passage of the SOGIE bill said that such proposed bill will not be passed as a law despite the certification of President Duterte as a priority bill.

“The SOGIE bill, as is, will not make it even if the President certifies the Hontiveros version,” Sotto said in a statement, referring to SOGIE bill advocate opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros.

Senate President Tito Sotto and SOGIE advocate Opposition

The Senate President justified his reasoning by invoking “separation of powers” between the three branches of government.

“Remember separation of powers?” he added

The Senate President expounded on the matter when the chief executive certifies a bill as a priority.

“If you will recall, and you know very well, a certification of urgency by the President does not mean that it will be passed. It's only to do away with the three-day rule, from second to third reading,” he said.
“But the question is, will it pass on second reading? There were a number of bills that were certified as urgent by the President in the previous Congress and there were several that did not pass,” Sotto added, citing the Death Penalty bill and TRAIN 2
The Senate President said regarding  a “true anti-discrimination” bill, one that is similar to the anti-discrimination ordinance existing in Davao that the Palace is supporting, will have a better chance of passing Senate scrutiny.
“He (Duterte) is supporting an anti-discrimination bill pretty much like the ordinance in Davao which is encompassing. You should not discriminate upon the elderly, upon persons with disabilities (PWDs), upon gender, or whatever. Ito, talagang the entire population should benefit from being not discriminated upon for whatever reason. Mas maganda ang pag-asa nun (That has a better chance of passing),” Sotto said.

“It's not like the SOGIE na nakatuon sa mga gays (that is centered on gays). SOGIE is class legislation,” he pointed out.
But Sotto clarified, any measure supported by Malacanang will still undergo the strict scrutiny of the Senate.
Pag-aralan munang mabuti. Tingnan natin kung ano yung anti-discrimination ng Davao ordinance. (We will study it carefully. We will see first what anti-discrimination is embodied in the Davao ordinance),” he said.

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