Sotto: SOGIE bill ‘no chance’ passing in Senate

A Pride March in Manila in June. Senate President Tito Sotto on Wednesday said the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression Equality bill will not pass in the upper chamber. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News/file

MANILA—Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III on Wednesday said the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Equality bill will not pass in the upper chamber.

The bill seeks to protect members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community from discrimination.

“Anti-discrimination on persons pwede. Pero focused on gays, which the SOGIE bill is, and religious and academic freedom impeded plus smuggling of same sex marriage? No chance!” he said in a text message to reporters.

Sotto has previously opposed some provisions of the measure, saying it could lead to the end of religious and academic freedoms.

The bill was passed unanimously in the House of Representatives in 2017, but its Senate version has languished in the period of interpellation.

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