Saturday, January 21, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
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
- 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)
- 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
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Rundown of 2011 events:
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:http://thephilippinelgbthatecrimewatch.blogspot.com/
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)
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):
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
- 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)
PinkNews, Queerty, Unicornbooty, Fiercereason, Allvoices
And in other Languages:
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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
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.