April 23, 2018, 8:06 am
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Now, Duterte favors same-sex marriage

PRESIENT Duterte changed his mind anew on the issue of same-sex marriage, which he now favors.

At a gathering of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community yesterday in Davao City, he even asked the community to nominate someone who would represent them in his administration, possibly in a commission.

It was unclear in what commission he would appoint the LGBT member. He mentioned the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) whose chair he fired last week but also said he was forming another commission.

He asked them to come up with a name by the “second week of January.” He said he wants someone who is honest and hardworking.

“You nominate the representative from the LGBT sector kasi I fired the entire Commission of the Urban Poor, the head, for traveling so much in so short a time, as if he was using the money of the people like his own. So ‘yang Commission na ‘yan, bubuuin ko pa,” he said at the gathering.

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

Addressing the LGBT yearend gathering, Duterte said he has never oppressed anybody based on religion, race, or gender because he governs the country using the “fair play” rule.

He also said he intends to help members of the LGBT community show the world what they are capable of and how productive they can be.

Duterte also said he supports efforts that will contribute to the happiness of a person, including those from the LGBT community, like allowing them access to same-sex union.

“You have my guarantee that everybody, at least during my term, will be protected and nurtured as a human being. There will be no oppression and we will recognize your importance in society. I said I am for sex marriage if that is the trend of the modern times. If that will add to your happiness, I am for it. Who am I? You know, kung ano iyung kaligayahan ng tao ibigay ko, bakit mo pigilan? (whatever makes the person happy, why stop it?) Why impose a morality that is no longer working and almost passé, bahaw na (passé). So I am with you,” he said.

This is a turnaround from his statement in March during a visit in Myanmar, when he said he is against same-sex marriage as under Philippine laws, a marriage is between a man and woman.

The President, during the LGBT event, hinted he is even open to amending laws that prevents same-sex union.

“Ako gusto ko (Me, I want) same-sex marriage. Ang problema (The problem is) we’ll have to change the law. But we can change the law... (The law states) marriage is a union between a man and a woman. I don’t have any problems making it marrying a man, marrying a woman or whatever is the predilection of the human being,” he said, adding that the LGBT community can come to him or through her daughter Davao City Mayor Sarah Duterte-Carprio about any concerns or problems that they want to be solved or addressed during his term.
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