Long-awaited anti-discrimination legislation has floundered after lawmakers failed to tackle the bill in this session of the Senate of the Philippines. The bill, which would outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (SOGIE), has become one of the slowest-moving bills in the country’s history. ‘Should we still debate about something as basic as equality? For three years? Really?’ The bill’s sponsor, Senator Risa Hontiveros, said according to CNN.
Hontiveros filed the bill in 2016. But, lawmakers and rights activist originally drafted the law nearly 20 years ago. The House of Representatives passed the bill in 2017 with unanimous support from 198 lawmakers. This version penalises discriminatory acts with a fine between US$2,000 and US$10,000 or imprisonment between one and six years.But, conservative lawmakers, including anti-LGBT boxer Manny Pacquiao, have stalled it in the Senate.
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