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1 Jul 2016

Report highlights Philippine’s police failure to protect LGBT

LGBT in the country face extortion, violence and rape from the police and do not trust law enforcement officers to protect them, according to rights group

A report by New York-based rights group OutRight Action International has revealed Philippines police abuses when dealing with LGBT.

The report suggests an assumption by police that gay and transgender are sex workers and details instances in which transgenders may be searched by male officers and detained in male cells.

The report includes a story of one gay man went to police after being raped was laughed at and asked, "Isn't that what you want?"

"It is really bad because you don't see the police as an institution where you can get protection," said Ging Cristobal, author of the report and prominent Filipina activist working with New York-based rights group OutRight Action International.


Cristobal said a lack of guidelines on dealing with LGBT people in the Philippines police's operational handbook means officers are "left to use their personal judgement" when frisking, making arrests and detaining LGBT people.


The report calls for the Philippines National Police to review its handbook to include procedures for correct handling of LGBT people, particularly during body searches and detention and to include information relating to sexual orientation and gender identity in officer training.

Reader's Comments

1. 2016-07-01 17:32  
Read the reuters link for a more balanced article.
Comment edited on 2016-07-01 17:33:06
2. 2016-07-02 04:01  
Reuters and Fridae look no more no less balanced...

With the election of Rodrigo Duterte, the worst is to fear.
3. 2016-07-02 14:56  
#2, really? "The victim reported the incident to his brother, an officer in another city, and the offending policeman was arrested to face charges of rape, robbery and usurpation of authority, it said."

It sounds like the police there do take things seriously.

Policing the police is a worldwide problem.
4. 2016-07-03 09:20  
How sad. Savages at best. The UN Human Rights should take a look at the Philippines.
5. 2016-07-03 16:17  
#3 hahaha - sure, you just have to have your brother in the police...
6. 2016-07-03 16:36  
#5 or, if you're in the police you can do whatever you like, unless you pick on someone with, or without, connections that will seek legal recourse. You'd think the victim in this case would have mentioned something, yet the cop continued.

It seems like you're saying the police in the Philippines is totally corrupt. Maybe if you're brother is in the police you can get let off speeding tickets? If that's the case, worrying about lgbt issues shouldnt be the only worry.
7. 2016-07-04 01:35  
#6, I admire your great culture concerning the Philippines. Reading news obviously has taught you that, yes, LGBT issues are not the only worry.
8. 2016-07-04 01:55  

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