Casiño welcomes Davao City anti-discrimination ordinance

PARTYLIST Rep. Teddy Casiño (Bayan Muna) welcomed the passage of the anti-discrimination ordinance in Davao City saying that it is a positive development in lieu of the passage of his authored Anti-Discrimination Bill.

The Davao City Council passed the ordinance last week, making criminally liable those discriminating against individuals because they are lesbians, gays, lumad, Muslim or persons with disabilities.

For first-time offenders, the ordinance imposes a fine of P1,000, P2,000 fine and 10 days imprisonment for second-time offenders and P5,000 fine and 15 days imprisonment “or upon the discretion of the court” for frequent violators.

The council believes that the  anti-discrimination ordinance will end the days of their being mistreated by other individuals.

Last October, the Cebu City Council also passed a landmark ordinance that penalizes any form of discrimination against persons with disability (PWDs), different sexual preferences, ethnicity and religion.

Rep. Casiño is the author of House Bill 1483, also known as the LGBT Rights bill, which is already at the Bicameral Committee and has been incorporated with other discrimination issues involving race, ethnicity, religion and others.

“I hope that other cities can legislate similar ordinances but it would be better if we have a law against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) as contained in House Bill 1483,” the Makabayan senatorial bet added.

“LGBTs do not want nor claim additional “special” or “additional rights.” All they want are the same rights as those of heterosexual persons that are denied – either by current laws or practices – basic civil, political, social and economic rights,” Casiño said.

Like the consolidated bill in Congress, the Davao and Cebu City ordinance prohibits excluding, refusing or dismissing any person from public programs and services and educational institutions on the basis of disability, age, health status, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity and religion.

It prohibits discriminating against any organization or group and makes it unlawful to deny medical and other health services, transportation and other facilities based on the said biases.

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