Casino Wants to Penalize Discrimination Based on Sex Orientation
MANILA, Philippines - Bayan Muna Rep. Teodoro Casino has filed House Bill No. 1483 seeking to penalize discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender (LGBTs). Known as the "Anti- Discrimination Act of 2010," the measure seeks to slap stiffer penalties against those who discriminate against LGBTs.Violators of the bill face a fine ranging from P250,000 to P500,000 or a penalty of imprisonment of up to six years, or both at the discretion of the court.Casino lamented that the rampant discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity as manifested in prejudicial practices and policies has thumped on the rights of LGBTs to enjoy their basic rights and fundamental freedoms in schools, workplaces, commercial establishments, the civil service, and even the security services."LGBTs students are denied admission or expelled from schools due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Companies block the promotions and stymie the career advancement of gay or lesbians employees due to the deeply embedded notion that homosexuality denotes weakness. Laws such as the current anti-vagrancy law are also abused by the law enforcement agencies to harass gay men," Casino said.He …
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Publication information: Article title: Casino Wants to Penalize Discrimination Based on Sex Orientation. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Manila Bulletin. Publication date: December 23, 2010. Page number: Not available. © 2009 Manila Bulletin Publishing Corp. COPYRIGHT 2010 Gale Group.