MANILA – Malacañang on Thursday reiterated the need to respect gay rights in the wake of the detention of transgender woman Gretchen Custodio Diez for using a female toilet at a Quezon City kitchen center earlier this week.
Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said that excluding Diez from using the women's toilet is a violation as he noted the need to respect members of the LHBT community.
“Our position is that we have to respect the LGBT. Another thing that is an ordinance to respect them so transgression & # 39; yung ginawa sa transgender (it was a transgression), & # 39; Panelo told reporters, referring to Quezon City's 2014 anti-discrimination ordinance.
Diez was shielded by a janitor from using the women's comfort room in a mall Tuesday and was detained after the mall's management filed an unfair complaint against her for going live on Facebook while the incident unfolded.
She was later released and in turn filed a complaint against the mall for violating the city ordinance.
The management of Farmers Plaza apologized to the Diez and LHBT community on Wednesday.
In light of the incident, Senator Risa Hontiveros again called for passage of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) legislation, which Panelo said President Rodrigo Duterte would likely support.
However, Panelo could not say yet whether the president would certify the measure as urgent for its swift passage.
“I remember the President once expressing support for the LGBT? So I think he will support that kind of thing [of bill] kasi ang gusto nun hanging (because he wants) fair treatment of everyone eh, ”said Panelo.