The camp of Representative Bienvenido Abante Jr., who represents Manila’s 6th district, has downplayed the filing of its own resolution, which sought to identify and protect the rights of heterosexuals.
Abante’s office stated, “While we welcome interest in HB [House Bill] 5717, it is our hope that attention to the other priority measures and advocacies of Rep. Abante is also given, especially those that will have a tremendous impact on the lives of the Filipino people.”
They were referring to House Bill No. 5717, also known as the Act Recognizing, Defining, and Protecting Heterosexual Rights and for Other Purposes.
It wasn’t until Wednesday morning that copies of the law started to appear online. This is despite the fact that it had been electronically submitted by Abante’s office on October 26 last year. In it, a heterosexual is defined as “a person sexually attracted or whose sexual attraction, behavior or desire is directed at a person of the opposite sex”.
The five-page bill written by Abante, a pastor, contains remarks derogatory toward members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning/intersex (LGBTQI) community.
According to the Abante bill, the LGBTQI community has been “clamoring for ‘legislated rights’ and state protection’ tailored for their specific kind and class, all in defiance of God’s law of creation and procreation, as well as the principles and standards of proper conduct and righteous living that He established for an orderly and morally upright society.”
In the statement, it furthered, “If therefore, we seek to ‘grant’ and/ or ‘protect’ rights to homosexuals, bisexuals, transgenders, and queers, in the spirit of justice, equity, and fair play, we must also ‘grant’ and/ or ‘protect’ rights to heterosexuals who are the actual and direct creations of God.”
Heterosexuals in the Philippines are so NOT tolerated that Representative Bienvenido Abante filed a bill to protect their rights. 🤣🤣🤣
— For the Motherland (@srsasot_) November 9, 2022
Bienvenido Abante Jr: ouch
— P20 Andrew Garfield (@bryceycabs) November 10, 2022
bienvenido abante. good sir you can just call it "freedom to be homophobic bill" because that's what this bill is about 😃 https://t.co/VXWFIgKOuN
— sonata (@reveriewastaken) November 9, 2022
True indeed. The way Congressman Abante said it seems to picture the community as a vermin of this planet, a view that is so outdated that even Pope Francis does not even support it. Pass the SOGIE Bill now!
— 🌱 David D'Angelo 🌱 #KalikasanMuna (@daviddangeloph) November 9, 2022
also, SOGIE is inclusive naman dahil everyone has SOGIE. The purpose of SOGIE is to provide everyone, regardless of gender, the rights and protection we should have as coexisting people in society; unlike the Heterosexual Act that blatantly isolates hets and discriminates others. https://t.co/cXIlXUn42R
— 개 🐶 (Gourmet at Mid-Life Crisis Era) (@seasaltsnow) November 10, 2022
Gabriela Party-list Rep. Arlene Brosas expressed, “…heterosexuals do not experience discrimination or persecution for their belief, as compared to an overwhelming majority of women and LGBTQIA+ who, for the longest time, are targets of extreme violence and hate crimes.”
Those found guilty of violating the rights of heterosexuals under the provisions of House Bill No. 5717 face a prison sentence ranging from five to seven years in addition to a fine ranging from one hundred thousand to two hundred thousand pesos.