[Trending Now] House Speaker Alvarez Came Out A Supporter of Same-Sex Civil Marriage in Philippines: "Kung Happy Sila Do'n, Bakit Naman 'Di Natin Suportahan?"
Manila, Philippines. On Monday October 3, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez declared his plans of filing a bill that will institutionalize ...
Manila, Philippines. On Monday October 3, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez declared his plans of filing a bill that will institutionalize same-sex civil marriage in the Philippines.
Considering the Philippines is one of the most conservative countries when it comes to practicing Catholicism, Alavarez emphasized his basis for pursuing the bill.
He mentioned that he is supporting same-sex marriage as it is in the constitution that everybody should be granted happiness.
Alavarez also pledged his support with the Filipino people identifying themselves as LGBT.
Rappler made clarifications about the "happiness" in the consitution-- it cannot be found in the 1987 constitution but its preamble states that: "We, the sovereign Filipino people, imploring the aid of Almighty God, in order to build a just and humane society and establish a Government that shall embody our ideals and aspirations, promote the common good, conserve and develop our patrimony, and secure to ourselves and our posterity the blessings of independence and democracy under the rule of law and a regime of truth, justice, freedom, love, equality, and peace, do ordain and promulgate this Constitution."
Alavarez also claimed that there is an ongoing processing of the draft of the bill but he needs the support of his fellow legislators for the bill to be passed. In a May 2015 The Standard survey, it showed that 7 out of 10 Filipino people are against same-sex marriage and 70% of the respondents "strongly disagreeing."
Given this kind of response from the people, Alvarez remained unfazed and said that he is expecting opposing committees against the bill he is planning to file.
"Kaya nga tayo demokrasya. Meron talagang opposition. Wala namang walang opposition, The beauty of democracy is we can argue, we can disagree, but at the end of the day, it's still the majority that will prevail," the legislator added.