Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, a presidential aspirant in the 2016 elections, is now courting the votes of the LGBT sector even after she had the guts to humiliate her political enemies by calling one gay.
In a Facebook account for her presidential bid on Nov. 14, Santiago shared a photo claiming she has filed several bills seeking to end the abuses and discrimination against the LGBT.
She cited her Senate Bill 1559, titled the Anti-Sexual Orientation Discrimination bill, and Senate Bill No. 1871, which seeks to install LGBT protection desks in all police stations.
“There can be no true and meaningful democracy if we continue to systematically oppress the LGBT community and turn a blind eye to the abuses committed against them,” Santiago said in her bill.
According to her anti-discrimination bill, it is unlawful for any person, group, institution or establishment to:
(A) Deny access to public service, including military service, to any person on the basis of sexual orientation;
(B) Include sexual orientation in the criteria for hiring, promotion and dismissal of workers, as well as in the determination of employee compensation, training, incentives, privileges, benefits or allowances, and other terms and conditions of employment;
(C) Refuse admission of a person to educational institutions on the basis solely of the applicant’s sexual orientation, without prejudice to the right of educational institutions to determine the qualifications of their students;
(D) Deny a person access to medical and other health services open to the general public on the basis of such person’s sexual orientation;
(E) Deny an application for a professional license issued by the government due to the applicant’s sexual orientation;
(F) Deny a person access to or the use of establishments, facilities, utilities or services open to the general public on the basis of his or her sexual orientation; for this purpose, there is a denial when a person is given inferior accommodation or services;
(G) Deny an application for a license, clearance, certification or any other document issued by governmental authorities on the basis of the applicant’s sexual orientation
Santiago made a disclaimer in the same post that she once filed a bill amending the Article 26 of the Family Code to consider that the same-sex marriages legalized abroad be not valid in the Philippines
The senator clarified that her bill, which she did not refile in the past two Congresses, does not seek to discriminate against the LGBT, but only to resolve the conflict between Article 23 and the general provisions of the law in a bid to harmonize the piece of legislation.
So said the senator who once said she had a gay list through which she just “outed” her political rival former Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson. Santiago had accused Lacson as the attack dog of another opponent Senator Juan Ponce Enrile.
Santiago called her list “the closeted gays or bisexuals in public service,” which she said included a certain “Pinky Lacson.”
Santiago made the reaction about Lacson after the latter accused her of being among the legislators who allegedly benefited from the alleged pork barrel, which involved siphoning legislators lump sum funds to ghost projects for kickbacks.
“Anyone can make lists. I was told that there is a list [titled] ‘Closeted gays or bisexuals in public service.’ I was given names, and I was requested to say “Yes” or “No” on whether the person was truly in the list. When the name Pinky Lacson was called, I said ‘yes,’” Santiago said according to this INQUIRER.net report.
“Anyway, there is an affidavit, although unsigned, circulating in Metro Manila that Pinky Lacson has asked for leave of absence from Malacañang. The highly confidential reason is that he is scheduled for a gender change operation in a remote clinic in the United States,” she added.
Lacson, meanwhile, has denied that he was gay.
“A high school classmate who is now a psychiatrist once advised me never to react to an insane person. It could be infectious,” Lacson said in another INQUIRER.net report.
“Anyway, for the nth time, I am not gay. No offense to all the gays in the world, but I do not intend to be one,” he added.