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Duterte meets trans woman disallowed from using ladies’ toilet


By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte met with transgender woman Gretchen Diez in Malacañang Palace Monday night.

Photos released to the media showed Duterte and Diez doing the chief executive’s trademark fist bump. They were joined by Senator Christopher Go and Bataan Rep. Geraldine Roman.

Diez hit the headlines recently when she was barred from using a women’s restroom by a janitress in a mall in Quezon City.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo had said Duterte told him that there should be a third restroom for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

“Ang sinasabi niya, dapat meron ng third restroom for them. Sinabi niya, pinag-usapan namin iyon kahapon,” said Panelo.

“Kailangan talaga may third restroom for them para wala nang problema di ba, that will solve everything,” he added.

(Photos courtesy of Sen. Bong Go)

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