Robredo, Lacson back civil unions for LGBT Filipinos – #BotongPinoy2022
The topic of lesbians, gays, transgender, and bisexual (LGBT) rights was briefly raised during Sunday night’s presidential debate moderated by CNN Philippines’ Pia Hontiveros and Pinky Webb.
The moderators asked three candidates, Vice President Leni Robredo, Senator Panfilo Lacson, and Senator Manny Pacquiao, and if they will support legal recognition for LGBT couples in the Philippines. Only former Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. failed to attend the debate among the ten presidential candidates.
Pacquiao emphasized that while he respects LGBTs, he will not back efforts to expand their rights in accordance to his faith. For her part, Robredo made clear her support for civil unions as well as having anti-discrimination protections for LGBT Filipinos.
“I’m all for civil unions. Pareho po kami ng paniniwala ni Pope Francis na may karapatang lumigaya kahit sino. Hindi dapat sila pinaparusahan because of the choices they make. Obligasyon ng pamahalaan na siguraduhing hindi sila nadi-diskrimina at lahat ng opportunities na available sa lahat, dapat available din para sa kanila,” Robredo said.
Meanwhile, Lacson also took an affirmative stance on having civil unions for LGBT Filipinos. “Same sex marriage? No. Civil unions? Yes. Tama ang sinabi ni VP Robredo. Bigyan natin sila ng equal na oportunidad at pribilehiyo,” he said.
It is important to note that there are two important issues affecting LGBT Filipinos right now. The first one is the need for stronger anti-discrimination protections in schools, workplace, public spaces, etc. Although not everyone experiences discrimination on a daily basis, it cannot be denied that this still happens.