No Duterte EO yet on separate restrooms for LGBTs: Panelo

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Posted at Sep 11 2019 11:31 AM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte has not yet crafted an executive order for the establishment of separate restrooms for the LGBT community, his spokesman said Wednesday.

"None that I know of at this time. I have to ask him," Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo told CNN Philippines when asked if Duterte will create such an order.

Panelo earlier said Duterte believes the LGBT community should have their own restrooms, following the controversial detention of a transgender woman who used a female toilet in a Quezon City mall.

A non-gendered restroom in an establishment would suffice, Panelo said.

"'Pag nilagay mo lang diyan 'Restroom', walang nakalagay doong pambabae, panglalaki, may lock naman lahat 'yan so safe lahat. So walang problema," he said.

In the same interview, Panelo clarified that the President would certify as urgent a measure against discrimination, but not the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or Expression (SOGIE) Equality bill.

This after Duterte, in a speech in Malacañang Tuesday, said he would do whatever would make the LGBT community happy.

"He was referring to an anti-discrimination bill, not SOGIE bill much like the anti-discrimination ordinance existing in Davao passed when he was still the mayor there," Panelo said.