SENATOR Sonny Angara has filed a bill that seeks to put an end to any discriminatory practices.
Angara said discrimination, in any shape or form, has no place in Philippine society.
While the Philippines has come a long way in terms of being an open and equitable society, Angara stressed that there is still a lot more to be done to totally eliminate all forms of discrimination in the country.
“Discrimination remains a problem be it for women, children, persons with disabilities or the LGBTQ community. We are currently enjoying remarkable economic growth, but while there is still discrimination taking place, we cannot call ourselves a truly progressive nation,” Angara said.
In line with this, Angara has filed Senate Bill 137 or the Comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Act of 2019, to cover as wide a range of discriminatory practices as possible.
“Araw araw marami sa ating kababayan ang nakakaranas ng ibat ibang uri ng pang-aapi. Karaniwan ang mga nagaganap na diskriminasyon ay inaakalang normal o katanggap tanggap ng mga taong gumagawa nito,” said Angara, who is in his second term in the Senate.
“Nais nating maintindihan ng lahat kung anong mga gawain, salita o polisiya na maituturing na diskriminasyon o pang-aapi sa kapwa,” he added.
The bill lists 13 “acts of discrimination” that covers a broad spectrum of actions and the consequences of these on the affected parties.
As a general rule, discrimination based on these protected attributes -- age, racial or ethnic origin, religious belief, political inclination or conviction, social class, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expressions, marital or relationship status, disability, HIV status, health status or medical history, language, physical features or other status -- is prohibited.
It will be deemed illegal for any person to commit any acts that promote and encourage stigma. This includes content in the media and educational textbooks.
No person will be denied his political, civil and cultural rights. A person cannot be refused admission, denied honors or scholarships or be expelled from any educational institution on the basis of the protected attributes.