ADVERTISEMENTMeanwhile, Senator Joel Villanueva said he recognizes everyone’s right to “campaign for their preferred candidates.”“That is the essence of democracy,” he said. “Politicians using religion to marginalize the LGBTIQ+ community such as Senators Manny Pacquiao, Joel Villanueva and Tito Sotto and those who remain silent on LGBTIQ rights don’t deserve to be elected,” Pasion added. INQUIRER.net reached out to Pacquiao’s staff for the senator’s comment but has yet to receive a response as of writing. In the past years and months, local ordinances were passed in 25 local government units, including the City of Manila where it passed an ordinance protecting LGBTIQ+ rights in October last year. The proposed anti-discrimination measure sexual orientation and gender identity expression (Sogie) bill, however, continues to languish in Congress.
Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer June 14, 2021 09:41 UTC