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Hontiveros takes cudgels for endo-janitress who was disowned by Araneta Group in trans woman CR snafu

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Senator Risa Hontiveros said was not only the plight of the Philippine LGBT community that was exposed in the barring of a trans woman from a Farmer’s Plaza comfort room in Cubao last Tuesday.

Hontiveros said the case of Gretchen Diez, who was handcuffed and arrested, also belied the dismal condition of thousands of contractual employees in the country.

The mall operator, Araneta Group, was quick to drop Chayra Ganal, the janitress who prevented Diez from entering the women’s restroom and insisted that she use the men’s restroom instead, who was left to take the blame for the incident.

The Araneta Group might have issued an apology to Diez but distanced itself from Ganal, claiming that she was an “agency worker” and “not organic” to the company.

“Sa insidenteng ito, dalawa ang maliwanag na biktima. Ang isa ay biktima ng diskriminasyon at kawalan ng pagkapantay-pantay. Ang isa naman ay biktima ng ENDO o labor contractualization,” Hontiveros said.

“We have the janitress, outsourced by her employer from an agency that failed to provide her adequate gender sensitivity trainings and whose lack of security of tenure has kept her job and source of income hanging on a fine thread every day,” Hontiveros said.

Hontiveros, who is the Chair of the Senate Committee on Women, expressed urgency in passing the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression (SOGIE) Equality Bill and the Security of Tenure (SOT) Bill, which she said are “urgently needed to put an end to the many faces of oppression.”

“The more we put on hold these important measures, the more harm we cause our people. Tapusin na natin ang iba’t ibang mukha ng pang-aapi para sabay-sabay tayong maka-ahon at lumaya sa diskriminasyon, kawalan ng pagkapantay-pantay at kontraktuwalisasyon,” Hontiveros said.

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