PHILIPPINES: House Of Representatives Votes 198-0 To Include LGBT Citizens Under Anti-Discrimination Laws

Finally some good news out of the Philippines.

ABS-CBN News reports:

The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on third and final reading a bill that aims to protect the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Lawmakers voted 198-0 in favor of House Bill No. 4982 or the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression Equality (SOGIE) bill.

The measure prohibits and penalizes discriminatory acts by a fine not less than P100,000 and not more than P500,000, or imprisonment of not less than one year but not more than six years, or both. It mandates existing women’s desks in police stations to be renamed as Women, Children, and LGBTQ++ Protection Desks, to attend to complaints.

The measure also orders establishments to make available their existing toilets with facilities designated for persons with disabilities as gender-neutral toilets. It also prohibits publishing information seeking to reveal a person’s SOGIE without their consent.

A similar bill in pending in the Senate.

  • pete

    wow, so progressive! i bet their president doesn’t agree.

  • vorpal 😼

    President Filipino-Trump will love this. I can hear his blood pressure rising from here.

    • wmforr

      Will he kill his own son if he’s gay or only if he does drugs?

  • JoeMyGod

    198-0 seems veto-proof. Anybody know how that works there?

    • DaddyRay

      Was wondering the same

    • DaddyRay

      I tried out this new fangled google thingy

      The President of the Philippines may refuse to sign a bill, sending the bill back to the house where it originated along with his objections. Congress can override the veto via a two-thirds vote with both houses voting separately, after which the bill becomes law.

      • David J

        I’m gonna have try, one of these days, that new fangled google thingy. What a great invention that must be!

      • DaddyRay

        Now we have to wonder how the pending bill in the Senate will fair

      • Bj Lincoln

        If they are so democratic why have they put up with the nutjob ‘president’? I don’t think the people give a shit about LGBT people when they are being hunted and slaughtered. I can’t believe every person they have killed was a drug user/pusher.

        • Todd20036

          The same could be asked for us.

        • David L. Caster

          They weren’t. Some were merely enemies of deturd.

      • Sporkfighter

        … then the president ignores all law and sends out his uniformed, public salaried police-thugs to maim and kill.

    • ChrisMorley

      24 Member Senate considers the Ho of Representatives’ Bill
      If the Senate makes changes, there is a Bill reconciliation process in Conference Committtee.
      Bill goes to President for signing.
      I don’t know enough about how the Senates’ political make up may influence this Bill’s prospects, nor about Presidents refusing to sign Bills.

  • DaddyRay

    Does the Philippines have the concept of a veto proof majority because I think they may be close to having a veto proof majority there

  • Masaya ako!

    (I hope that’s correct. It’s one of the few Tagalog phrases I know)

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    • Halou

      We have to look the other way whenever we notice the growing number of human rights abuses carried out by his government.

  • olandp

    Duterte is not going to like this. I hope he doesn’t kill all 198 of them, or any of them.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Like the shit gibbon, I don’t think they have a principle on any legitimate political and social issues. It’s what benefits them personally. They will sign or veto depending on the benefit or damage that will do to their personal businesses.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Maybe they should shoot him

      • wmforr

        Now, now, let’s not talk like terrorist Ann Coulter.

  • Tawreos

    Nicely done. Now just stop the vigilante justice on suspected drug dealers and things will be much better

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  • John Ruff

    Huh? I just dropped my egg and cheese bagel with extra breakfast sauce!

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Extra sauce ?

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    Gay men are an important part of the family unit in the Filipino family. They are not hidden or avoided like in alot of American families.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    I’m glad they did so. Considering they have a very high birthrate in that country and the theory that the more older brothers a boy has, the more likely he is to be gay (often cited in regards to the Duggars here on this blog), perhaps many of the people voting have younger brothers/relatives/friends/friend’s relatives who are gay.

  • Chaz Antonelli

    WOW! I did not see that coming!

  • Halou
  • That_Looks_Delicious

    I have to think that this is a (strong) reaction to Duterte by the House. However it came about, bravo for the Filipino HOR.

  • The_Wretched

    How did they manage this with Duterte in office? Good on them!

  • TimCA

    What an amazing display of support! Now compare this with the situation here in the US. This has really made my day in an otherwise gloomy and unsettling news period.

  • zhera

    Wait! What? There are elected politicians in the Philippines who are NOT insane assbags?

    How can this vote (198-0) happen at the same time there’s a lunatic President going around killing everybody?

    I’m so confused! But happy about the vote, obvs.

  • JWC

    The entire Phillipines is smarter than Texas and North Carolina

  • Publius

    This is textbook Machiavellianism: unpredictable brutality, tempered with populist concessions to keep people happy. It’s uncomfortable to watch it in action, but it is highly effective; Filipinos love President Duterte and his party.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Sadly, this is all for show. Make no mistake, Durterte won’t tolerate it.

    • Publius

      President Duterte is generally supportive of gay rights, and one of the most supportive heads of state in Asia. His party supports anti-discrimination, and so does he. He’s an authoritarian, but he’s not really homophobic.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Still don’t trust him.

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