|Legs of victim Ramil Hitoro
MANILA, Philippines – A gay rights group has cried foul over a series of pellet gun attacks on gay men in Cebu City.
Ramil Hitoro, one of the victims, went to Fuente Osmeña Police Station on Thursday after men onboard a white car that had no license plate shot him with a pellet gun.
An hour later, a group of gay men went to the Punta Princesa Police Station to report a similar incident.
Lemon Anne, one of the victims, said he was with some friends outside their subdivision when some men onboard a car stopped in front of them and shot them.
The victims said several similar incidents, which were unreported, also happened in their area.
Ceejay Bayani, a representative of LGBT (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgenders) Hate Crime Watch, said the attacks are clear examples of discrimination.
“That is a clear example of homophobia and discrimination against gay men. Hindi maganda iyon, masakit din yun kahit pellet gun,” he said.
“Anong gusto nilang gamitin sa susunod? Yung may totoong bala?”
Bayani said the group strongly condemns the act. He added even if the attacks continue, the perpetrators cannot change the fact that gays exist.
“We condemn yung mga ginagawa ng mga lalaking iyon. Hindi naman natatangaal ang kabaklaan namin kapag ginaganon kami at wina-walanghiya,” he stressed.
“Hindi niyo kami mabubura at hindi niyo kami matatakot para maging totoo kami sa sarili namin. At lalaban kami para sa karapatan namin.” – with a report from Carine Asutilla, ABS-CBN News Central Visayas