- President said he’s open for legalizing same-sex marriage in PH
- He assured LGBT community of no discrimination during his term
- He also told them to nominate their representative for presidential commission
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte told the LGBT community he’s open to the legalization of same-sex marriage in the country.
“If that is the trend of the modern times, if that will add to your happiness, I am for it. Who am I (to stop you)? You know, kung ano ‘yung kaligayahan ng tao, ibigay ko. Bakit mo pigilan [if that makes the people happy, why stop it]? Why impose a morality that is no longer working and almost passé,” Philippine Star quoted him as telling the local LGBTs in Davao City on Sunday.
While acknowledging that legalizing same-sex marriage in the Philippines would be an uphill battle, Duterte assured the LGBT community there would be no discrimination during his time in office.
“Ako gusto ko ‘yung same-sex marriage. Ang problema, we will have to change the law. But we can change the law. I don’t have any problems making it marrying a man, marrying a woman or whatever is the predilection of the human being,” he said. “There will be no oppression and we will recognize your importance in society.”
The president also said he is open to appointing LGBT members.
“Now find me the brightest here in the Philippines. Give me a bright person. He might be gay, he might be lesbian. I’d like to nominate or appoint somebody upon the nomination,” he said.
At the same time, it is unclear whether Duterte would create an entire new commission or appoint them as replacements for those he removed from the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP).
“You nominate the representative from the LGBT sector because I fired the entire (Presidential) Commission (for) the Urban Poor (PCUP), the head for traveling so much in so short a time, as if he was using the money of the people like his own. I will have to form that commission,” he said.
“I’d like a gay there somewhere or a lesbian. You nominate somebody who is honest, hardworking. And I would like to show that any, any, whether gay or lesbian, can always work just like an ordinary human being,” Duterte added.