Buhay party-list Rep. Jose “Lito” Atienza Jr. on Saturday said there was no need for a sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (Sogie) law.
“We must admit, once upon a time, talagang narrow-minded din ang Pilipino. N’ung panahon ko, sinasaktan pa iyang mga iyan, pinagtatanggol ko iyan (We must admit, once upon a time, Filipinos were really narrow-minded. Gays were attacked and I defended them),” he told reporters at a forum in Quezon City.
“Iba na pag-iisip natin ngayon (Things are different now), we are now aware of human rights, individual rights, respect for each other. There’s no more need for a law.
Siguro n’ung nakaraan, two generations ago,” he added. “We are more educated, we are more civilized, we are more accepting of the rights of individuals. There is no need for a law anymore.”
Last week, Malacañang said President Rodrigo Duterte would not certify as urgent the Sogie Equality Bill.
Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said the President would support an anti-discrimination bill that is similar to an ordinance passed in Davao City.