Duterte backs Ang Ladlad vs Comelec

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DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte came to the rescue of the gay group seeking party-list representation in the House of Representatives.

This was after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) denied its petition saying there are already enough gay and lesbians in Congress.

Duterte said on Sunday the statement made by Comelec Commissioner Nicodemo Ferrer claiming that Ladlad gay group is no longer needed because Congress already awash with homosexuals is “bigotry to the highest order.”

“That statement is a bigotry to the highest order. You cannot deny representation of any group. Who are you to deny them. That’s prejudice. Kung gusto sa Pilipino na punuon ug bayot ang Congress so be it,” Duterte said.

The mayor said gays are very much useful to the society and should not be discriminated simply because of their sexual preference.

“For as long as me utok ka and you have the capability to lead. Daghang bayot sa kalibutan. Kanang inyong mga asawa na gusto magpagwapa adto man nag bayot. So ibig sabihin kinahanglan ninyo ug bayot,” the city mayor said matter-of-factly.

“Ako wala gyud koy problema. Nagahalok kog babae, lalaki ug bayot. I do not discriminate against my fellowmen,” he added.

“That’s not a good policy of the government. Dili gyud pwede mamili. That’s embodied in the freedom of expression. Ma-TKO mo ana,” Duterte warned.

The mayor urged Ang Ladlad to file a case before the Supreme Court. He said if he is only a practicing lawyer at the moment, he would have offered his services to the gay group.

“I’m very much willing to handle a case to be filed before the Supreme Court. I think they should go to the SC (Supreme Court) and seek a ruling there. Swerte lang mo kay kung nabayot ko, ako gyud mag-una ug protesta. Unya karon kung bayot diay ko, unsaon man nato na,” Duterte said. (BOT)

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