Ladlad Party-list (the political party for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Filipinos) and the Philippine LGBT Hate Crime Watch, a diverse, inclusive, and non-partisan community of individuals and organizations dedicated to ending anti-LGBT prejudice and hate crimes, expresses concern about rising incidents of homophobia, transphobia, discrimination, and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered communities in the country.
We strongly condemn the murder of Alberto Navarro, a man alleged to be gay, whose body was found decomposing beneath an abandoned house. We abhor the homophobia expressed by the perpetrator, Richard Mandal, who said: " Gusto kasi niya makipag-sex, pero ayaw ko. Sinabi kong hindi ko gusto, pero nagpupumilit. Hinampas ko ng dos por dos ang likod niya". We demand swift justice for Alberto Navarro.
We also strongly condemn the spate of pellet gun attacks on our transgender sisters in Cebu City during the past weeks. We stand in solidarity with The Coalition for the Liberation of the Reassigned Sex (COLORS), the premier transgender organization of Cebu City, in demanding that the police investigate the incidents and bring the culprits to justice. We are asking the authorities in Cebu to consider the violent use of pellet guns as a crime that deserves the same attention as those attacks that are inflicted by other weapons. .
We demand that these savage and atrocious acts towards LGBT Filipinos must be thwarted and eliminated to the soonest possible time. We call the government take steps to truly address the human rights of the LGBT community. We demand that congress pass the Anti Discrimination Bill. We urge the government to join forces with LGBT Rights advocates to look into to the rising acts of prejudice and violence that target the LGBT people in the country. To this day, there have been 142 brutally murdered LGBT Filipinos. And there are additional accounts of murder and violence, whose victims were LGBT, still being looked into. Government and civil society must work together to uncover all injustices being experienced by the LGBT Filipinos and develop means to remedy them.
To our LGBT brothers and sisters, and to our straight allies, we say never lose hope. Never be cowered by fear. Our struggle for dignity, equality and human rights is a long one, but not impossible. If we find our ranks too thin, then we must inspire more to join us. If we think ourselves helpless, find strength in each other. So long as we stand united and harmonious, there is no challenge too great to overcome.
Ms. Bemz D. Benedito
Reighben Earl Wysten M. Labilles
Head Researcher and Spokesperson
The Philippine LGBT Hate Crime Watch
Mobile Number: 09179714096