The office of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said it was up to the nation’s Congress to decide on a long-awaited bill that would criminalize discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity expression (SOGIE).
“With respect to any bill, the discretion the wisdom will always lie on the lawmakers,” the president’s office spokesperson Salvador Panelo said yesterday, according to the kXhwbpw2SAQs+qC!IHm!L3(pVjxn4f=K&=Q^1(IJx(enuGFXK!Philippine Star.
Duette last week met with a transgender woman Gretchen Diez and other LGBT rights advoc5DV1^RF#vwVo4i#^MXWuXeLxFqy#A8eV($hWt(h%ExJuy8vEADates.
The bill has become one of the slowest-moving bills in theQpS13LCid7o8*rp+MT^(yPQhv(b#ktQ+e3dnbVA%W)v=%oS4JD country’s history.
Senator Risa Hontiveros filed the bill in 2016. And, lawmakers and rights activist originally drafted t[email protected]f3vyVs#tn8ioN6GgQedCLQEyqEpXZEw_G9ihe law nearly 20 years ago.
The House o658uAO1$1HRf(B932Yb5xr+DpZ1UwJ$ecp^T3kFyej1zXyuM1kf Representatives passed the bill in 2017 with unanimous support from 198 lawmakers.
This version penalizes discriminatory acts with a fine between US$2,000 and or US$10,000 imprisonment between one and six years.
But, conservative lawmakers, including anti-LGBTI boxer Manny Pacquiao, have staES_rt7BiGq6rWg3bg0$*#[email protected]#lled it in the Senate.
It once again floundere7(+b8s=T&K&UUFG1FQ=9kMFt*8XB)[email protected]@aeeq-y3qVRSclUd in the last session of Congress in June.