PNoy evades question on gay marriage

by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 03 2013 04:25 PM | Updated as of Dec 04 2013 12:25 AM

MANILA - President Aquino evaded a question on whether he approves of gay marriage lest he offend someone.

Speaking before the Bulong Pulungan sa Sofitel, Aquino said that while he believes that human rights are “universal,” he has yet to weight its implications on adoption and the children.

“On one side of me says iyong human rights are supposed to be universal; on the other hand, I can’t help… Parang if we go into gay marriages, then siyempre, the next step will be adoption and… I still have to look at it from the child’s perspective. Is that something that is desirable in an environment for a child? ‘Yung in understanding the world to have...to induce more confusion. And that particular comment got me into the crosshairs of an individual who, up to this day, hates me for saying it,” Aquino said.

When asked if he is in favor of ordination of women, Aquino said he is not qualified to give an opinion but said that he has a high regard for women serving in the Church and those in public service.

“Suffice to say, I’ve seen a lot of nuns who became leaders for their parishes, and who really made the Kingdom of God more apparent by their activities and their presence, than some of those more titled individuals. And parang women, especially for the various parishes to be in a more decisive positions or in more strong leadership positions is, I think, warranted, especially by the historical precedent—what have they demonstrated,” he said.

In politics, Aquino found women to be more reliable supporters than men.

“When I was running for congressman in Tarlac, you talk to the mothers’ clubs, when they say ‘yes’, you can count on it forever after. When you talk to some of the barangay captains who happen to be male, you talk to them in the course of the campaign, mga five times, and you aren’t sure after election day whether or not they are with you,” he said.

“So my experience, especially with women in public service, has been very, very positive,” he added, before pleading to shift the next topic, “So can we go to the more important question or the more serious question?”