- Marco Gumabao said he supports the SOGIE Bill.
- Marco Gumabao has no problem with sharing a CR with a transwoman or a transman.
Kapamilya actor Marco Gumabao has joined other celebrities who support the SOGIE Bill.
In a sitdown interview with the media, Gumabao was asked about his take on the controversial bill.
One of the reporters asked Marco if he’s in favor of the SOGIE Bill.
“Honestly ako okay lang,” Gumabao answered.
“Because we all know now na ano, we all know now na this SOGIE bill it’s very ah, it’s a sensitive topic. And ako ah, siyempre who wants to get discriminated right?
“We’re all, lahat tayo dito pantay pantay, pantay pantay tayong lahat ng tao. We’re all created in the likeness of God and pantay pantay tayo [crineate], so para sa akin if I, okay ako sa SOGIE because it’s ano, it ahmm, sinasabi nila na wag tayo magdiscriminate ng kapwa natin Pilipino so I’m all for that,” he added.
Asked about the issue on CR usage, Marco had this to say: “With the CR issue ok na rin saken. Basta hindi naman ako yun ano eh, like ah basta ako, am wala naman nakakaagrabyado sa amin or what, wala naman kaming problema. So if a CR, if CR yung gusto I’m all for it,” he said.
Marco is just one of those celebrities who threw in their support for the SOGIE Bill.
One of the most vocal supporters is Kapamilya host-comedian and gay icon Vice Ganda, who recently called out Senate President Tito Sotto for his anti-LGBT remarks.
Meanwhile, not all celebrities especially gay celebrities support the SOGIE Bill.
Celebrity hairstylist and another gay icon Ricky Reyes has just recently came out as anti-SOGIE bill.
In his recent interview, Reyes said gays should know their rightful place so they should stop pretending to be someone they are not.
“Kung ikaw ay may n*ta, sa lalaki ka, pag may k*pay sa babae ka…Nirerespeto kita bilang tao, nirerespeto bilang bading pero lumugar tayo sa tamang lugar,” he said.
“Sabi ko tigilan na yang kabaklaan, wag na kayong magbestida sa kalye kasi lalo tayong pagtatawanan ng tao. Dapat tumulong tayo sa kapwa para mahalin tayo ng mga tao,” Reyes added.
The SOGIE Bill has gained ground and attention after the mall incident with transwoman Gretchen Diez who was refused entry to a female bathroom by a mall guard.
The executive department also initially said that the President is keen on certifying the bill as urgent after his statements in Malacanang saying he wants the LGBT community to be happy.
“Yes, whatever would make the mechanisms, what would make them happy. Gusto ko, kagaya kay Senator Enrile, gusto ko happy siya,” Duterte said.
But it was later on clarified by palace spokesman Sal Panelo that what the President meant was the generic anti-discrimination bill and not the SOGIE Bill being proposed by minority senator Sen. Risa Hontiveros.
“He was referring to an anti-discrimination bill, not SOGIE bill,” Panelo said in an interview with CNN Philippines.
“Hindi ka pupuwedeng mag-legislate for a particular class lang, eh nagdi-discriminate ka (You can’t legislate for a particular class only, that would be discrimination).
“He (President Duterte) is a lawyer so he will not certify a bill that will appear to be or is a class legislation,” added Panelo.