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Palawan SP opposes SOGIE Bill

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The Palawan Sangguniang Panlalawigan has passed a resolution expressing their opposition to the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression or SOGIE Bill.

Board Member Eduardo Modesto Rodriguez said in his privilege hour speech that gender related discrimination is not an issue in Palawan.

He said that in Palawan, men and women are give equal privilege in employment as well as in other opportunities.

“Subalit kailangan din irespeto ang paniniwala ng mga mamamayan lalo na sa pananampalataya sa relihiyon maging Katoliko, Kristiyano, Muslim o katutubo na nakadeklara sa kanilang batas na ang pag-aasawa ay sa pagitan ng lalaki at babae lamang,” said Board Member Rodriguez.

Last March 2018, the Palawan SP also passed Resolution No. 13649-18 which also expressed opposition to the said bill.

Resolution No. 14641-19 cited Article 15, section 2 of the 1987 Constitution which provides that “Marriage as an inviolable social institution, is the foundation of the family and shall be protected by the state.”

It also cited the Family Code of the Philippines which stated thatb“Marriage is a special contract of permanent union between a man and a woman entered into in accordance with law for the establishment of conjugal family life.”

“Base sa mga argumentong ito, pinaninindigan ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng Palawan ang hindi nila pagsuporta sa pagpasa ng SOGIE Bill at kanilang papadalhan ng kopya ng resolusyon sina Senate President Vicente Sotto II, House Speaker Allan Peter Cayetano at ang tatlong mambabatas ng Palawan na sina 1st District Representative Cyrille Abueg-Zaldiviar, 2nd District Representative Franz Josef George Alvarez at 3rd District Representative Gil A. Acosta Jr.,” the province said.