‘Di pwedeng pilitin! Sotto: SOGIE bill won’t pass despite Duterte’s support
Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III said the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) bill will not pass even if President Rodrigo Duterte certifies it as urgent.
Sotto on Wednesday (September 11) invoked the separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches as the reason why the SOGIE bill, in its current form, won’t hurdle the Senate.
“Make no mistake, the SOGIE bill as is will not make it even if the President certifies the Hontiveros version. Remember separation of powers?” he said in a statement.
Sotto said the President’s certification of a measure as urgent is not a guarantee it will pass, noting that the Senate didn’t approve Duterte’s push for reinstating the death penalty and the second tranche of the tax reform program during the previous 17th Congress.
The SOGIE Equality bill filed by Senator Risa Hontiveros seeks to penalize acts of discrimination against a person based on gender, among others.
It has been opposed by conservative religious groups, claiming it would be discriminatory against those who are not members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) community.
Duterte on Tuesday replied in the affirmative that he would certify the SOGIE Equality bill as urgent.
“Yes, whatever would make the mechanisms, what would make them happy,” he said in a press conference in Malacañang.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, however, clarified that Duterte would certify an anti-discrimination bill as urgent, though it is not the SOGIE Equality measure.