Manila, Philippines — Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, expressed his doubt on the passage of the SOGIE Equality Bill saying that ‘a man will never be a woman.’
Sotto made the statement during an interview regarding the second public hearing into the SOGIE Equality Bill presided by Sen. Risa Hontiveros, chair of the Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality.
A “class legislation” only
Sotto said the SOGIE Equality Bill filed by Hontiveros is a “class legislation” that only aims to benefit a certain sector of the society.
He also dismissed Hontiveros’ claim that the SOGIE equality Bill can be likened to the Magna Carta of Women. “‘Wag ‘nyo ikumpara yung entirety of the half of the world to a certain group… Women cannot be compared to a group,” Sotto said.
“If you are a man, you will never be a woman“
“I hate to say this but I have to. If you are a man, you will never be a woman. No matter what you do because you cannot reproduce; you cannot give birth; you do not have ovaries; you will never be a woman,” Sotto told reporters, expressing his stance against the passage of the SOGIE Equality Bill.
Sotto is also doubtful if the SOGIE bill can get enough support in the Senate, saying “the way it is written now, maraming kontra.” On the other hand, a few politicians expressed their support for the passage of the SOGIE Equality Bill. Among them are senators Christopher “Bong” Go and Imee Marcos. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte also expressed his full support to the LGBTQ community.
Comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Act of 2019 bill is more agreeable
Sotto admits he is more amenable to the Comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Bill filed by Sen. Sonny Angara that seeks to eliminate all forms of discrimination. The proposed Senate Bill 137 prohibits any discriminatory practices based on protected attributes like age, religious belief, political inclination, sex, gender, marital or relationship status, disability, health status or medical history, language, or physical features.
It will be recalled that Sotto has previously opposed to some provisions of the SOGIE Equality Bill. “Anti-discrimination on persons pwede. Pero focused on gays, which the SOGIE bill is, and religious and academic freedom impeded plus smuggling of same-sex marriage? No chance!” he said in a text message to reporters.
Source: ABS CBN News