Sotto to Hontiveros' SOGIE bill : its ‘against women’s rights’

Sotto to Hontiveros' SOGIE bill : its ‘against women’s rights’

The Senate President is surely on his elements these days as he has become so much busy with the issue regarding the sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (Sogie).

Senator Tito Sotto made it very simple and clear that no will never question him regarding what he believes is a transwoman – a male person may have his operation thru cosmetic surgery and take all the hormones he wants, but gay men will never turn into women

Sen. Sotto's reaction was addressed to his fellow colleague senator Rissa Hontiveros, who is championing the rights of the lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, and queer sector (LGBTQ++ sector).

Senators Rissa Hontiveros and Tito Sotto
(photo credit to owner)

The former comedian expressed his strong opposition anew to the SOGIE bill, saying it was tantamount to a class legislation.

“Many of us are opposing (the bill) as it is, the way it is written now,” Sotto said, adding that the possibility of the measure surviving the plenary deliberations was “very doubtful.”

He reminds Hontiveros and other allies of the SOGIE bill to stop comparing women’s rights with those of members of the LGBTQ community.

“They should not compare women, the entirety of one half of the world, to a certain group. Women cannot be compared to a group,” he said.

“I hate to say this, but I have to. If you are a man, you will never be a woman no matter what you do because you cannot reproduce,” Sotto said.

“You cannot give birth, you do not have ovaries. You will never be a woman. The Sogie bill is a bill against women’s rights… It’s class legislation,” he added.

Senator Hontiveros, maintains that the proposed bill will consider allthe issues with the religious sector and other faith-based sensitivities.

“We are all against any form of discrimination. We want what is best for each other and we want to preserve our values and the Filipino family,” Hontiveros said.

One of the vocal opposing the bill is the Christian outfit 700 club. Represented by veteran broadcaster Kata Inocencio they maintained that if allowed to be a law it might infringe on the freedom of the press as faith-based media entities like them had been discussing the evils of homosexuality in their programs.

The proposed SOGIE bill introduces and defines the concepts of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, and considers discriminatory and unlawful the denial of rights of the LGBT community on the basis of their sexual identity.

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