Saturday, January 21, 2012

PLHCW Creativity Session for the Indie Video Youtube Project

Public Event for Philippine LGBT Hate Crime Watch · By Reighben EarlWysten Mendoza Labilles-Lacsamana

    • When
      Saturday, January 28, 2012
    • Time
      1:00pm until 7:00pm
  • Where
    Reighben's Simple Malate House (1955 Campillo St., corner Angel Linao and Quirino Avenue, Malate, Manila)
  • Description
    Hiya! It's that time of the month we're meeting again! This time, it's to discuss and create the script and the storyboards for the series of viral videos we'll make. You can read a rough overview of the project here:

    And if we have enough time left and my bro is at home, we can make a sample video!

    So bring your thinking caps, notebooks, pens, manila papers and some sass! Let's make these vids a reality.

    As usual, this is a KKB affair, aryt? Bring snacks if you want, but if we get hungry, and we will, we'll just buy from the many sari-sari stores around.

    See ya!

    Mobile Number: 09065374021

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Teacher stabbed dead in Tondo (PhilStar)

Teacher stabbed dead in Tondo
By Nestor Etolle (The Philippine Star) Updated January 14, 2012 12:00 AM Comments (0)

MANILA, Philippines - A high school teacher was stabbed dead in his house in Tondo, Manila Thursday afternoon.

The body of Nelson Macam, 49, who worked at the Ramon Magsaysay High School, was discovered by his younger sister, May, when she checked his room in their three-story residence at past 1 p.m.

May, who occupies a room at the third floor of the house, told police she was supposed to have lunch with her brother but he would not answer her phone calls. When she checked his room, which is on the second floor, she found Macam’s body, clad in boxer shorts.

Police Officer 2 Jupiter Tajonera said the victim sustained stab wounds in the chest, back and both arms. “The victim tried to parry the thrusts from the suspect as indicated from stab wounds in both arms,” he said.

Tajonera said the victim frequently entertained male visitors and gay friends in his room.

Except for bloodstains on floor leading to the bathroom, the living room was in order and a digital video disc was still playing. A cell phone charger was inserted in the wall socket, but the phone is missing, Tajonera said. The victim’s briefs and a bathroom towel were hung on a table near the bathroom.

Tajonera said he is still checking whether Macam lost cash or valuables in the attack.

Residents in the area told police they did not notice anything unusual at the time Macam’s body was discovered.


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Notes from the 2nd PLHCW Meet-up

We did a study group! Yey! Again, it was an intimate affair. Only eight (2 were absolutely fresh attendees, so more yey!) of us came. But we reported on the human rights conventions, discussed it, and thought of ways on how we can use them for LGBT activism. With hard work maybe we can convince more people to come. However quaint our number, today, we made progress as a group. We'll definitely have more study sessions in the months to come. We can never have too much education on pro-LGBT rights.

We also set further tasks for our group in response to the recent Vatican and CBCP pronouncements. We decided on the following:
  • Exploring and establishing alliances with organizations that have a secular approach in dealing with bigoted organizations, groups
  • Starting on-line petition to launch a campaign against CBCP's homophobic and transphobic statements and policies (to be analyzed as a study, check ipetitions)

We also discussed the Youtube Interview Project:

The videos will be uploaded for public consumption so that more people can join our activism and be aware of our cause. Most videos will be around 3 to 5 mins, some may reach 10 mins.
  • A viral video, focusing on a meme we'll try to establish called "Wit Yan True"
  • We'll interview experts on the anti-discrimination bill
  • We can video people talking about LGBT-related personal stories
  • Videos on the history of Philippine LGBT activism
  • Videos on the current situation of Philippine LGBTs
  • Videos explaining Gender Identity and Expression, and Sexual Orientation
  • Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender 101s
  • Videos that state facts of LGBT issues

Monday, January 9, 2012

2nd Phil LGBT Hate Crime Watch Meet-up for 2012

Event Page:

    • When
      Saturday, January 14, 2012
    • Time
      10:00am until 6:30pm
  • Where
    Reighben's Humbly Sweet Abode (1955 Campillo St, corner Angel Linao and Quirino Ave., Malate, Manila
  • Description
    - Agenda:

    - Discussing details of the YouTube interview project (input from professionals and hate crime members)

    -peer-ed session: CEDAW (marlon), CRC (Oka), Kevin (CAT), ESCR (Reighben), ICCPR (Darrel), CERD (Del)


    -Study the treatises

    Bring whatever food/snacks you can afford! It's gonna be a long day of studying :)

    Reighben Earl Wysten M. Labilles
    Head Researcher and Spokesperson
    The Philippine LGBT Hate Crime Watch
    Mobile Number: 09065374021

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Minutes of the 1st PLHCW meet-up for 2012

Rundown of 2011 events:

High Impact:

1. IDAHO rally to the Commission on Human Rights – We got the discussion on hate crimes going

2. Forum in Congress by Gabriela Women’s Partylist and Bayan Muna Partylist, in partnership with the Committee on Women and Gender Equality

3. LGBT Forum by the Presidential Human Rights Committee

Other significant activities:

1. Regular coverage by broadcast media

2. Establishment of the blog as an online info and data hub:

3. Submission of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) with Pro-Gay, R-Rights, and data contribution to the joint ICCPR and UPR report submissions with other LGBT groups.

4. Applied to various funding agencies

5. Regular meet-ups, attempts at expanding membership

Contents of the Hate Crime and Hate Incident Form (Rough, must be available in Filipino, English, and other Philippine Languages and Dialects)



Sexual Orientation:

Gender Identity:

Scene/Location of the Crime/Incident:

Residence Address of the Victim:



Details of the Crime/Incident:

Date of the Crime/Incident:

Date Reported (police and or media outlet, if reported):

Date Encoded:

Contact Details of the Victim:

· The form is to improve and expand the database, will include definitions of hate crime

· When we do get new reports, we do what we can to help

Early Tasks for 2012

For immediate execution (means that we’ll be meeting more often)

· Tam Maguad has volunteered to help with maintaining new database forms (when it’s uploaded)

· Oscar Atadero has helped with creating the hate crime analysis flow chart (includes what services we can provide)

· Differentiating the different kinds of hate crimes and hate incidences (Violent, Non-violent Hate Crimes)

· Creating a set of Emergency Guidelines when responding to hate crimes/incidences

· Creating a Crime Prevention Unit/Methods

· Creating the Philippine LGBT Hate Crime Watch Constitution

· Report to US Embassy

· Policy Recommendations for PHRC

· Drumming-up support for the Anti-Discrimination Bill (Senate Version)

Long-term goals for 2012 execution

· Peer-ed (study group) style exploration and discussion of ICCPR, IESCR, CRC, CEDAW, CAT, Philippine Constitution, Philippine Penal Code (anti-sexual harassment, anti-rape, etc, violent crimes, crimes against property, crimes against the person)

· Youtube Interview Project of legal professionals on laws related to hate crimes/hate incidences ( a raw policy research and study)

· Organizational Building and Membership expansion

· Capacity building on hate crimes/hate incidences

· Creating a mechanism to make the PLHCW financially self-sufficient

· Stronger alliances with other groups

· IDAHO 2012

Positions within the Organization:

1. Kevin Cascon - Social Media Director

2. Darrel Friend – Creative Director

3. Del Domingo – Documentations Director

4. Tam Maguad – Hate Prevention and Analysis Director

5. Oscar Atadero – Trainings Director

6. Marlon Lacsamana – Founder, PLHCW

7. Reighben Labilles – Spokesperson, PLHCW

Next meet-up: 14 January 2012 (10:00 am onwards at Reighben's Humbly Sweet Abode (1955 Campillo St, corner Angel Linao and Quirino Ave., Malate, Manila)

- Agenda:

- Discussing details of the YouTube interview project (input from professionals and hate crime members)

-peer-ed session: CEDAW (marlon), CRC (Oka), Kevin (CAT), ESCR (Reighben), ICCPR (Darrel), CERD (Del)


-Study the treatises

Friday, January 6, 2012

Edmund Padilla, Gay Filipino Teen, Scalded With Boiling Water By Father Erano (Huffington Post and Other News Sites)

Can also be found at:
PinkNews, Queerty, Unicornbooty, Fiercereason, Allvoices

And in other Languages:
ViveLoHoy, Homotropolis (Denmark), antivirus, fugues, danlan, newsdze-zimbabwe

Written and Published at: Huffington Post
Edmund Padilla, Gay Filipino Teen, Scalded With Boiling Water By Father Erano (VIDEO)

Posted: 1/5/12 03:43 PM ET

A Filipino teen has become the victim of a horrifying, allegedly homophobia-fueled attack by his own father.

The Philippine LGBT Hate Crime Watch (PLHCW) is now demanding justice for 19-year-old Edmund Padilla, who allegedly suffered severe burns after his father Erano scalded him with boiling water. Erano, who has since been detained and was reportedly drunk at the time of the attack, told authorities he committed the crime after Edmund turned out to be the third of his children who identified as gay.

Reighben Labilles, PLHCW spokesperson, has slammed the attack, according to Queerty:

"We plead to the government to initiate proactive programs that provides parents and LGBT children the opportunities to promote freedom of expression of sexuality and gender. In a free society, the parents should respect the rights of their LGBT and stop altogether corporal punishment. We are born this way and you cannot punish us to change our sexuality.

Since Edmund Padilla is already 19 years old, he may no longer be covered by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and our national child protection laws, yet we fear that so many violent acts perpetrated by parents and legal guardians against their LGBT children go unreported. It is so urgent for Congress to find ways to protect sons and daughters of whatever age from family-based violence and the Convention is a good place to start."

Watch a Filipino news report on the attack (without subtitles) below (WARNING: contains graphic images):


Gov't told: Boost efforts to protect gay rights

1st written and published at:

Gov't told: Boost efforts to protect gay rights

Posted at 01/03/2012 2:46 PM | Updated as of 01/03/2012 5:28 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community are seeing signs of hope that their rights will be protected in the country after the United States warned that it will withhold aid from nations which do not recognize gay rights.

LGBT groups on Monday called on the Aquino administration to follow in the footsteps of the US and "take a serious policy position to address the violation of their rights."

"LGBTs in the Philippines are still on the receiving end of stigma, hatred, violence, exclusion, homophobia, transphobia and discrimination. The statement from Secretary Clinton hits close to home as she was speaking of conditions present in our country," Marlon Lacsamana, founder of the Philippine LGBT Hate Crime Watch (PLHCW), said in a statement.

"We hope this will be considered by President Aquino's administration to encourage the full implementation of human rights protection of LGBTs in law, policies and programs," he added.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in a speech at the United Nations in Geneva, committed $3 million to start a global equity fund to support civil society organizations working for LGBT rights worldwide.

"Gay people are born into -- and belong to -- every society in the world. They are all ages, all races, all faiths. They are doctors and teachers, farmers and bankers, soldiers and athletes," Clinton said.

Angie Umbac, president of the legal rights group Rainbow Rights Project, said they "await a similar enthusiasm on the part of the Philippine government in heeding this call."

The Progressive Organization of Gays in the Philippines (ProGay), meanwhile, said it submitted reports to the Human Rights Council to pressure the Aquino government to pass the anti-discrimination bill and introduce other measures in Congress that criminalize hate-related murders of LGBTs.

Progay human rights officer Oscar Atadero said Malacañang has to "start institutionalizing policies that would outlaw workplace discrimination and the bullying of LGBT students."

According to PLHCW, 147 LGBTs have been murdered since 1996, with about 37 of them recorded in 2011 alone.


Thursday, January 5, 2012

"Twelve Gays for Twelve Days — Day 12"‏

Authored and Conceptualized by: Kevin Cascon (

The Philippine LGBT Hate Crime Watch devotes the twelve days starting December 25th, 2011, to remembering the LGBT Filipinos who were brutally murdered since 1996. On the twelfth day, we commemorate the deaths of:

JUNNY GULLIN, 16, Transgender
Died of gunshot wound in Bagong Barrio, Caloocan City
"biglang dumating ang suspect na armado ng kalibre ng baril at ginulo
ang nagaganap na kasiyahan at walang habas na nagpaputok ng baril"
May 28, 2006

Died of gunshot wound in Calumpang, General Santos
July 2009

Parlor Attendant
Kidnapped and summary executed
Barangay Sukaten, Sumisip, Basilan
June 5, 2010

LAILE CABRERA, 40, Transgender
Died of multiple stab wounds in Purok 5,
Katangawan, General Santos City
January 5, 2011

Judge of the Laoag City Regional Trial Court Branch 1
and of the 3rd Municipal Circuit Trial Court in Vintar
Body found inside his house with neck slashed, multiple stab wounds
Barangay San Simeon, Currimao, Ilocos Norte
January 20, 2011

(Unidentified Transgender)
Found dead along the road in Baguio,
stabbed at the back and head with signs of torture.
February 2011

CARLOS CANLAS, 29, Transgender
Died of multiple stab wounds, face mutilated
Casered Compound, Barangay San Isidro,
General Santos City
May 2, 2011

"JENNY", Transgender
From Bea Nuyda Pangilinan: "durog daw ang ulo ni Jenny tapos yong bago niyang motor nakita sa ilalim ng tulay durog na rin di ko alam kung saan.. tapos yong wallet nya nawawala"
Occidental Mindoro
May 13, 2011

(Two Unidentified Gay Men)
Lovers found dead with face peeled-off
May 2011
(Account relayed over the phone, was told that police records may be found in Taytay, Rizal)

FELIX ALSALDE JR., 23, Transgender
Raped, bludgeoned to death; found dead with
his trousers pulled down and his brassiere exposed
Sitio Anahaw, Barangay Buhisan, Cebu City
December 11, 2011

"Basag ang mukha, nakababa ang shorts at nakalabas pa ang ari"; body found near
Commission on Human Rights (CHR) office, Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City
December 12, 2011