President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is set to work with the Senate and the House of Representatives for the successful passage of the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression (SOGIE) bill following his meeting with transgender woman Gretchen Diez.
On Monday, Duterte held a meeting in Malacañang with some representatives of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning) community including Bataan Representative Geraldine Roman, the first transgender person elected in the Philippine Congress.
The Chief Executive ensured the community that he will support the law in order to protect their rights and welfare.
According to Senator Christopher ‘Bong’ Go, among the proposals raised during the meeting was the creation of a commission for the LGBTQ+ pending the enactment of the SOGIE bill.
He also added that the Palace is planning to hold a national convention, together with LGBTQ groups to serve as a venue for the members of the community to raise their concerns and for the government to come up with policy proposal to promote and protect their welfare.
“The LGBTQ advocates expressed their gratitude after the meeting and are looking forward to the passage of a law that will protect them from discrimination before the President’s term ends,” the senator said.