FACT CHECK: Presidential frontrunner Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. agrees with Pope Francis’s stance on the LGBTQ+ issue who stated, “Who am I to judge?”
Marcos Jr. was asked about the issue of LGBTQ+ in a recent SMNI presidential interview dubbed, “The Deep Probe: The SMNI Presidential Interview,” on Saturday, March 26, 2022.
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In the presidential interview, one of the panelists, a transwoman named Sass Rogando Sasot, asked presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos about the issue of LGBTQ+ in the Philippines.
“My question is, there are lots of interests that had to be balanced here, especially that even though we are a secular country, 80 percent of our people have really strong religious beliefs and these two things are always contrary to each other. My question is, how will you balance the legitimate aim of protecting the rights and welfare of LGBTQ people while at the same time respecting the legitimate interest of religious groups that they can freely pursue their belief on this matter,” Sasot asked.
In comparison to other nations, the Philippines, according to Marcos, is “far cooler” when it comes to dealing with LGBT or LGBTQ people.
“I don’t think LGBTQ issues are polarizing in the Philippines, honestly. I think we are much more open-minded about it considering the fact that we are in fact [a] very Roman Catholic country. I don’t think it’s polarizing at all. I think Filipinos are, I don’t know how to put it, but we’re much cooler than most other places when it comes to these things,” he said.
Furthermore, he stated that Filipinos share Pope Francis’ viewpoint on LGBT persons, particularly when it comes to same-sex union.
“Let me get to the point – LGBTQ, Roman Catholic … what did the Pope say when he was asked about the same-sex union? And I think the Pope said it perfectly: ‘Who am I to judge?’ That’s the attitude all of us have and with that, I think we will be able to go down the correct path,” He added.
According to Bongbong Marcos, the LGBT community in the Philippines isn’t seeking special treatment in the first place.
“‘Do not discriminate against us. Yun lang naman ‘yun eh (That’s basically it). We don’t want a special program for ourselves. Just … patas lang, pare-pareho lang (we just want to be treated equally with others),” he said.
He emphasized that “we must defend against all types of prejudice. It’s corrosive, after all. It just obstructs progress. It’s useless.”
“So that I think is the approach to LGBTQ issues – just fight discrimination every step of the way. There’s a pool of talent in every sector of our society that we need to take advantage of and so we cannot exclude anyone and say, ‘Hindi pwede yan, ayaw namin sa ganyan (That’s not allowed, we don’t want that).,” Marcos said.
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