EDUCATION Secretary Armin Luistro on Monday said he is open to the possibility of using “beki” or gay language as an official medium of instruction in classrooms.
When asked by reporters over the proliferation of gay language among the youth, Luistro replied that if such is the norm and is accepted socially, then he is open to using it.
“Ang paggamit ng mga bagong nabubuong kolokyal na kagaya ng ‘beki’ ay kasama sa pagbabago ng mga wika at hindi natin mapipigilan. Kapag ang ganitong salita ay naging katanggap-tanggap na sa lipunan at ginagamit na ng mayoridad, saka pa lang ito naisasali sa opisyal na komunikasyon [The use of new colloquial terms like gayspeak is part of the evolution of languages that we cannot stop. If this type of language becomes acceptable to society and is being used by the majority, that’s the time it becomes part of official communication],” Luistro said.
Luistro’s reaction came amid this month’s celebration of the Filipino language.
Recently, the spokesmen of President Benigno Aquino 3rd and Vice Jejomar Binay hogged the limelight for spicing up their verbal war with gay lingo.
The first salvo was fired by Malacanang spokesman Edwin Lacierda, who branded Binay’s true State of the Nation Address as “charot” (joke), which labelling prompted a retort from Binay’s spokesman, Joey Salgado, who called the President’s SONA as “chaka” (ugly).
When also asked for a reaction over several children being more fluent in English than Filipino particularly the upper middle class, Luistro said he expects the void to be filled in by the K-12 program of the agency.
“Ang naumpisahan na nating reporma sa bagong K-to-12 curriculum ay nagnanais na tumugon sa hamon na mahasa ang ating kabataan na gamitin at palawigin ang wikang ating kinagisnan pati na rin ang ating Pambansang Wika. Kasama na rito ang paggamit ng kanilang unang wika [The reforms that we started under the new K-to-12 curriculum aims to address the challenge to make our youth use and nurture the languages that they grew up with as well as the National Language],” Luistro said.