A statement made by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte that claimed that “Beautiful cured him of being gay” has sparked outrage. He commented when he appeared before the Filipino Community last week. During comments, he appeared to say that Senator Antonio Trillanes was gay. "Trillanes and I are similar. But I cured myself," the president said. Senator Trillanes is one of the critics of the president. President went on further adding that he was cured when he met his now ex-wife. "So beautiful women cured me," he added.
Duterte, during the 2016 elections, supported gay rights but later his statements suggested the contrary. His statements have been derogatory to gay rights when he used homosexuality as an insult. His reference to Trillanes was not the first one. He also used it as an insult against Phillip Goldberg, then ambassador from the United States to Manilla. "It is symptomatic of an even graver illness: one of ignorance, prejudice and hate," a gay and transgender advocacy group named Bahaghari said. The group had categorically stated that the statements made by the president are retrograde and dangerous. "These statements, like his perverted and offensive comments on women, cannot be taken lightly or dismissed merely as jokes," the group added.
Philippines is an open country and supports LGBT rights. Laws in the nation do not criminalize sexual activity between consenting adults. LGBT people have a legitimate claim on their right to privacy which has been invalidated by the right to privacy. The problem in Phillippine is that there is no anti-discrimination law. Various Anti-discrimination bills have been presented but have not been passed.
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