Duterte assures protection of LGBT community from oppression, discrimination

Duterte assures protection of LGBT community from oppression, discrimination

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President Rodrigo Duterte interacts with members of LGBT Davao during the group’s 7th yearend gathering at the Azuela Cove in Lanang, Davao City on December 17, 2017. Also in the photo is Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DAVAO CITY, December 18, 2017 — President Rodrigo Duterte gave assurance that the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community would not suffer from discrimination, oppression, and bigotry under his administration.

Duterte gave his assurance as he graced the 7th LGBT Davao’s Year-end Gathering at the Tent Azuela Cove here on Sunday.

“Let me just say thank you for the celebration and you have my guarantee that everybody, at least during my term, will be protected and nurtured as a human being,” Duterte said.

“There will be no oppression and we will recognize your importance in society,” he added.

The President said he is willing to accept members of the LGBT community to become part of his administration as long as they are qualified.

He then encouraged the LGBT group to nominate a representative who will serve as one of the commissioners of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP).

“I’d like a gay there somewhere or a lesbian. And mag-usap kayong lahat all over the Philippines. You nominate somebody who is honest, hardworking. And I would like to show that any, ma-bakla man o ma-tomboy, can always work just like an ordinary human being,” he said.

Duterte said he would give the LGBT community until the second week of January next year to submit their nomination.

The President dismissed all the commissioners of PCUP including its chairman Terry Ridon for alleged unnecessary trips and supposed failure to hold regular meetings as a collegial body. PND




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