‘Is this a joke?’ Vice Ganda asks Sotto who equates womanhood with reproduction

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 05 2019 11:39 PM | Updated as of Sep 06 2019 08:12 PM

Senate President Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto III and comedian Vice Ganda. FILE/ George Calvelo and Michael Bagtas, ABS-CBN News

MANILA—Comedy superstar Vice Ganda on Thursday questioned a statement made by Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III about women reproducing, in light of his opposition to the passage of the passage of the SOGIE (sexual orientation and gender identity or expression) Bill.

“If you are a man, you will never be a woman, no matter what you do, because you cannot reproduce. You cannot give birth, you do not have ovaries. You will never be a woman. So this, to me, the SOGIE bill is a bill against women’s rights,” Sen. Sotto had said on Wednesday.

On Instagram, Vice Ganda shared an image with the exact quote of Sotto, with a lengthy caption expressing his disagreement with the lawmaker.

“Joke po ba ito Hon. Senate President Tito Sotto?” he began. “Sinasabi nyo po ba na naniniwala kayo na ang pagiging BABAE ay nasusukat lamang sa pagkakaroon ng obaryo o matris at sa kakayahan lang na mabuntis o magka-anak?”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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He went on, unedited: “E paano po yung mga nagkaroon ng matinding karamdaman at tinanggalan ng obaryo? Di na po ba sila BABAE? Wala na ba silang karapatang tawaging BABAE? O bumaba na ba ang uri ng kanilang PAGKAKABABAE? Paano din po yung mga baog at walang kakayahang magka-anak? Ano po sila? Di na din sila BABAE? Mga wala na ba silang kwentang mga BABAE?

“At paano naman po yung mga BABAENG choice nila na wag mag-anak dahil ayaw nila dahil sa kanilang mga personal na rason? Di na din ba sila matatawag na BABAE? Paano din po yung mga BABAE na may obaryo pero pinayuhang wag magbuntis dahil sa medikal na kondisyon at maaring mameligro ang kanilang buhay? Di na din sila BABAE? Ano na po sila? Paano din po yung mga BABAENG may obaryo pero wala pang anak dahil ayaw naman nilang magpatira kung kani kanino? Ano na sila?”

The “It’s Showtime” host said he believes that a woman is not defined by her ability to reproduce, contradicting the statement of Sotto.

Addressing the senate president, Vice Ganda said: “Parang ang baba naman po pala ng tingin nyo sa mga BABAE. Naniniwala po ako na ang mga BABAE ay BABAE di dahil sa obaryo at sa kakayahang bumukaka at umire. Sila ay BABAE dahil sila ay BABAE. At MAY HALAGA sila may matris man o wala, magbuntis man o hindi,may anak man o wala dahil sila ay ay TAO at sila ay BABAE.”

Vice Ganda, who is openly gay and is a vocal advocate of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) rights, said Sotto’s line of argument against the SOGIE bill, supposedly in defense of women’s interests, only ended up insulting their dignity.

“Sinubukan ninyong maliitin ang konsepto ng pagiging TRANSGENDER sa paraang tinapakan nyo rin ang dignidad ng mga tinatawag nyong TOTOONG BABAE. Paumanhin po HON. SENATE PRESIDENT Sotto. Pero i believe this statement is just not fair. There are people who pretend to be FEMINISTS to hide their being MISOGYNISTS,” he wrote.