Senate President Vicente Sotto III took a swipe at the transgender community Monday (September 30) as he maintained there’s no need for Congress to pass the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or Expression (SOGIE) Equality bill.
Sotto joined opponents of the SOGIE bill at a press briefing in the Senate as supporters of the measure, including Senator Risa Hontiveros, gathered at another venue in the building to celebrate gender diversity.
The Senate President said a SOGIE law is unnecessary as there are laws to protect the rights of all Filipinos.
“It is a redundancy. All Filipinos and everyone in the Philippines are equally protected by equal rights and all the rights that are given any individual in the Philippines. There are enough laws that cover the particular issues that they are talking about,” he said.
Sotto accused some groups of “prostituting” (prinostitute) the word gender, which he claimed was a mere “subclass” of the male and female sexes.
“Hindi ko maintindihan kung paano nila nabaluktot yun, na gamitin yun, na naging transgender ang paggamit, yung trans woman, trans man, ikinalulungkot ko, pero hanap ako ng hanap sa dictionary, walang word na trans woman. Lahat ng dictionary hinanap ko, wala. Wala ring trans man. So, saan galing? In other words, nagdeviate nang masyado,” he said.
Merriam-webster.com defines a trans man as “a man who was identified as female at birth” and a trans woman as “a woman who was identified as male at birth.”
Meanwhile, OxfordDictionaries.com defines transgender as “denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with their birth sex.”