I know that this song really sucks but I guess this is a catchy way for me to instruct how you’ll vote the partylist I am campaigning for.
Ang Ladlad Partylist has gone through the needle just to be part of the roster of partylists that can participate in the elections. If you may have heard or read in the news, Ang Ladlad has been constantly being denied by the Commission of Elections to participate for various reasons. The last attempt to reject Ang Ladlad (again) even used biblical quotations to justify their reason of not letting Ang Ladlad run. How odd is that when it is clearly stated in the Philippine Constitution that The Church and the State are separate entities? Anyway, they were not successful in their homophobic motives because the Supreme Court already issued a Temporary Restraining Order stopping the Commission on Elections of disqualifying the partylist.
The ballots have been printed and the Supreme Court resolution has not changed from January 25, 2010, thus Ang Ladlad is part of the roster of partylist candidates.
Ang Ladlad’s platforms are as follows:
- Support for the Anti-Discrimination Bill that gives LGBT Filipinos equal rights and opportunities in employment and equal treatment in schools, hospitals, restaurants, hotels, entertainment centers, and government offices. The bill makes discrimination versus LGBTs a criminal act.
- Support for LGBT-related and LGBT-friendly businesses.
- Setting up of micro-finance and livelihood projects for poor and physically-challenged LGBT Filipinos;
- Setting up of centers for old and abandoned LGBTs. The centers will also offer legal aid and counseling, as well as information about LGBT issues, HIV-AIDS, and reproductive health. These centers will be set up in key cities of the country.
- Support for the the bill repealing the Anti-Vagrancy Law that some unscrupulous policemen use to extort bribes from gay men;
Take note that there is no option for gay/lesbian marriage here. All we wanted is to have a specific law that can protect us from discriminating behaviors and acts by homophobics. This is the time for Filipino LGBTs to be represented by LGBTs.
To know more about Ang Ladlad, please visit http://www.angladlad.com/.
(photo from www.angladlad.com)