What are you doing? On September 13, Senator Juan Edgardo Angara proposed a new, less controversial anti-discrimination bill in the Philippines. The new bill aims to eliminate discrimination based on “age, race or ethnicity, religious belief or activity, political inclination or belief and social class.” The new bill proposed by Angaras also includes discrimination against “marital or relational status, disability, HIV, health status or medical history, language and physical characteristics.” But Sotto will only have 1 vote like any senator, said Sen. Risa Hontiveros, lead author of a version of the SOGIE law, adding that he had a “good chance to fight” in the current Congress. Roman said the bill would not allow any legal changes to sex markers and that everyone, including heterosexuals, could use the Sogie Act to protect their rights in addition to two other existing laws, the Safe Spaces Act and the HIV Act, which already define Sogie. It then lists practices that, under the bill, are considered discriminatory and illegal, such as denying rights to the LGBTQ community on the basis of its SOGIE, such as its right of access to public services. B, the right to use facilities and services, including housing, and the right to apply for a professional licence, among others. The different treatment of a worker or person mandated to provide services, refusal to be admitted to an educational institution or exclusion from an educational institution, refusal or withdrawal of an organization`s accreditation because of a person`s SOGIE is also punished. The bill also finds it discriminatory for a person to be forced to undergo a medical or psychological examination to modify his ORI, the publication of information that wants to “eliminate” a person without his consent, public discourse intended to denigrate LGBTQ, harassment and coercion of that person by someone, especially those involved in prosecutions, and gender profiling. Children under parental authority are given special attention in the bill, as the prevention of the declaration of their SOGIE is also punished. Any act of harassment or coercion directed against LGBTQ is discriminatory according to SOGIE “The principle of the bill is that it should sell the cake,” she said.
It is because of all these issues that there has been a lot of discussion about discrimination against LGBTQIA through a SOGIE bill. ICYDK, there are currently three versions of the SOGIE Bill submitted to the Senate, by Sen. Risa Hontiveros, Sen. Imee Marcos, and Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan. “To call him plastic and a hypocrite in public is very unpleasant. This bill has not yet been passed, and yet we are hearing these things,” Villanueva said, adding that some provisions of the proposed Sogie law were already covered by existing laws. The counter-project in the Senate, tabled by Senator Risa Hontiveros (the first Akbaye senator), was at the time of interpolations until May 2018. She was supported by Senators Loren Legarda, Grace Poe, Nancy Binay, Franklin Drilon, Bam Aquino, Chiz Escudero, Ralph Recto, Sonny Angara, JV Ejercito, Francis Pangilinan, Juan Miguel Zubiri and Leila de Lima, although de Lima is excluded from voting on the law, as she is currently in police custody.   Senators Tito Sotto, Manny Pacquiao, Cynthia Villar and Joel Villanueva (who registered as co-editors of the act) rejected them.  Other senators such as Win Gatchalian, Koko Pimentel, Antonio Trillanes, Panfilo Lacson and Richard J. Gordon have not expressed their support or rejection of the law.
Senator Trillanes is currently facing cases that could lead him to prison, which could lead him to vote for the bill, such as Senator de Lima if he is arrested. In addition, Alan Peter Cayetano and Gregorio Honasan lost their right to vote in the Senate`s actions by refusing to be part of the presidential cabinet.  Of the 24 existing Senate seats: 12 seats can choose and support the bill, 1 seat is for the bill, but cannot vote on the bill, 4 seats can vote and are