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Ogie Diaz on third restroom issue: “Kung anong merong ari tayo dun tayo”

  • Ogie Diaz aired his reaction to the third gender restroom issue
  • He was in full support for the SOGIE Bill
  • Ogie disapproved of Gretchen Diez’s plans of running for public office

Ogie Diaz gave his reaction to the issue involving transwoman Gretchen Diez. Ogie, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, expressed his disappointment about the negative feedback gained by the the SOGIE Bill or Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression Equality Bill which was dragged into the issue. He claimed that a deeper understanding of the legislation is needed before commenting about it.

“Ang issue pag nagdamit babae ka..sa cr eh,nagsimula sa cr kasi.Kaya dun na din parang gumugulong yung issue sa cr.


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“Yung malalimang pag-unawa dun sa SOGIE Bill ay kung interesado ka ay talaga namang uunawain mo at kakalkalin mo kung ano ba yung SOGIE Bill para lang di ka mukha tanga no?

“Yung iba naman, kung hindi interesado ay dinepende lang dun sa issue, kung ano yung issue ng LBTQ, kung ano lang yung pinag-uusapan dun lang sila nagco-concentrate,” Ogie said in an interview.

Ogie also expressed his yearning to unite the LGBTQ+ community despite the disagreement of its members on pushing the SOGIE Bill.

“Ako naman… there was one time inisip ko naman sila lahat eh,LGBTQ, dahil gusto ko silang pag-isahin dahil nagkakagulo-gulo nga yung grupo. So nandun yung pagnanais ko na mapag-isa yung dapat ay magkakampi. So sana nagtagumpay ako.”

The actor-reporter explained that he was in favor of equality, but not same sex marriage which he clarified was unspecified in the bill. Though he is in full support for the proposed bill, Ogie took his stand in opposing the establishment of comfort rooms for the third gender.

“Ako ay pabor sa SOGIE Bill. Ang hindi lang ako ay yung magkaroon ng sariling CR yung LGBTQ, tayo. Hindi lang ako pabor ay kung magbibihis babae ay kailangang magkaroon ka ng sariling banyo. E’di pumasok ka dun sa kung ano yung ari na meron ka. Dalawa lang naman yung ari natin. Unless meron kang dalawang ari. Mamili ka alin duun yung tutuluan ng ihi,” he said.

He also aired his message for his fellow members in the LGBTQ+ community.

“Sa mga kapatid ko sa komunidad ng LGBTQ+ ay pasensya na po kayo kung di lahat ng mga miyembro dito ay magkakaayon, magkakaisa yung mga utak. Talaga namang sa isang sektor ay hindi naman talaga nagkakaisa yung utak nila. So dapat una yan ang maging qualifications sa isang miyembro ng LGBTQ+, marunong umunawa kung hindi umaayon yung isang miyembro sa gustong tahakin ng komunidad.

“Pangalawa ay maging responsable tayo sa ating mga inaasal, sa mga tao, sa pakikipagkapwatao. Para tumaas yun level natin, tumaas yung pagkakakilala, pag-unawa sa atin ng ibang tao, lalo na doon sa nagbibihis babae na di ko rin naman.. kumbaga naiintindihan ko.

He continued: “Sana na lang eh matuto rin tayong lumugar. Mag-cr pa rin tayo. Kung anong merong ari tayo dun tayo sa ano.

“Dalawa lang naman yan female, male. Kung meron na kayong ano, kung nagpakeps na kayo, edi pumunta kayo sa cr ng babae kung wala namang sisita .Isasara niyo lang talaga yung banyo pag nagsi-cr tayo ng nakaupo. Kasi siyempre ayaw nila makakita ng meron ka na ngang keps tapus mabalahibo pa yung binti mo,” Ogie added.

Ogie aired disparaging remarks about Gretchen Diez who earlier stated about her plans to run for public office.

“Gusto lang mag-cr ngayon gusto nang tumakbo, gusto ng kumandidato. Lalo tuloy naaano yung SOGIE Bill, nagkakaroon na ng pulitika, nagkakaroon na ng isa pang agenda.

“Yung iba nag-isip baka talagang ginimick yung sa cr para lang i-push yung SOGIE Bill tsaka yung pagkakandidato ni Gretchen. Yun na sinsabi ng iba. Sana dun lang tayo sa issue huwag na tayong tumakbo malayo pa. Marami pang pwedeng mangyari. Baka nga biglang isang araw biglang magising si Gretchen na teka muna lalaki pala ako, magpakabait nako yung parang sa Supersireyna na nagbalik-loob. Hindi ko sinsabing tumaliwas sa mga paniniwala ni God. Basta kay Gretchen isantabi muna natin yung ano natin sa politics. Dun muna tayo sa SOGIE Bill na maipasa.”

Celebrities such as Vice Ganda have remained stalwart about supporting the bill. He recently reacted to Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III’s controversial remarks on the transgender community, calling his statement “a joke” and “unfair”.

Meanwhile, celebrity hairdresser and businessman Ricky Reyes, an openly gay man, went viral online after slamming his fellow LGBTQ+ members and opposing the SOGIE Bill. According to him, LGBTs should stop forcing themselves into competitions and establishments only made for men and women.

The SOGIE Bill, filed by minority Sen. Risa Hontiveros, aims to prevent and penalize discriminatory acts against a person’s sexual orientation. It gained controversy in the aftermath of transwoman Gretchen Diez being refused entry to the women’s bathroom which later led to her arrest

During his speech at Malacañang last September 10, Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte was asked if would certify the SOGIE equality bill as urgent and he answered that he would do whatever would make the LGBT community happy.

“Yes, whatever would make the mechanisms, what would make them happy. Gusto ko, kagaya kay Senator Enrile, gusto ko happy siya,” Duterte said, referring to former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile’s campaign tagline.

But recently, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo clarified that Duterte referred to the Senate Bill No. 689 or anti-discrimination bill during his speech.

“He was referring to an anti-discrimination bill, not SOGIE bill,” said Panelo on Wednesday, September 11 in an interview with CNN Philippines.

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