MANILA, Philippines – Danton Remoto, chairman emeritus of gay group “Ang Ladlad,” will run for the Senate in the 2013 elections.
Remoto made the announcement on ANC's “Headstart” on Friday. He and Ang Ladlad chairman Bemz Benedito, a transgender, filed a manifestation of intention to participate at the Commission on Elections so their group can seek a spot in Congress next year.
“Pasado na po kami sa Supreme Court kasi dinemanda ko ang Comelec noon,” Remoto said.
“Siya (Benedito) ang congressional nominee number one. Ako ang number two kasi ano lang ako, pangsalo. Kasi ang intention ko naman ay tumakbong senador,” he added.
Benedito, for her part, said they need 1.5 million votes to get three seats in Congress next year.
“Our campaign is not just for LGBTs. We want a society that has an open mind,” she said.
Benedito said Ang Ladlad currently has more than 60,000 members, who are all registered voters.
Any party but LP
Meanwhile, Remoto said they are now meeting with major political parties for his senatorial bid, but this does not include the Liberal Party of President Benigno Aquino III.
“No way, Jose,” he said about LP.
“Eh noong 2009 nag-meeting kami ni Toots Ople at Mar Roxas (of LP),” he added. “Hindi kami kinausap. October na ‘yun, filing na. Saan pa kami lilipat? Lalaglag na naman kami ngayon?
“Doon na lang kami sa parties na kinakausap kami nang matino, organisado, may pera, hindi sanga-sanga ang dila.”
Asked if he has spoken with Vice President Jejomar Binay for the newly formed United Nationalist Alliance, Remoto said: “Huh? Tumawa lang ako… We’re finalizing pa.”
As for Senator Manuel Villar’s Nacionalista Party, he said: “We’re still negotiating.”