Saturday, July 7, 2018

Duterte supports civil union for LGBTQ Filipinos: "Respeto lang! "

President Rodrigo Duterte. Image credit to

While he does not believe in same-sex marriage, President Rodrigo Duterte favors a civil union for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community in the Philippines.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said Duterte deems it to be better for same-sex relationships to have a civil union.

"Now if same-sex marriage ang pinag-uusapan pati si Presidente tutol po sa same-sex marriage pero yung union po pabor po diyan si Presidente para lang maayos yung iba't-ibang aspeto ng pagsasama ng kaparehong kasarinlan," Roque said.

Same-sex marriage proponent Atty. Jesus Falcis had argued that the Philippine Constitution does not limit the definition of marriage as solely between heterosexual couples.

"Nothing in Article XV or other provisions of the Constitution limits the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman," Falcis said during his opening statement at the SC oral arguments.

Spokesman opined that same-sex marriage seems too farfetch a possibility in the Philippines based on the oral arguments in the Supreme Court (SC).

"I don't think the current challenge of the Supreme Court questioning the constitutionality of the Family Code Article 1 defining a marriage is between a man and a woman will actually succeed on the basis of the oral arguments conducted. Parang wala pong pag-asa na manalo 'yun sa Supreme court but I could be wrong," Roque said.

It was Solicitor General Jose Calida who asserted that the Constituion does not allow same-sex partnerships based on the Family Code Article 1 wherein it states that marriage is a union between a man and a woman.

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