A House leader yesterday called on the Philippine National Police (PNP) to put an end to the alleged profiling of transgender women under “Oplan X-Men.”
“This incident shows that LBGTs are still victims today of harassment and abuse. Sadly for our democracy, they are still considered second class citizens when they try to assert their rights to which they are rightfully entitled,” said House Deputy Majority Leader and Bagong Henerasyon party-list Rep. Bernadette Herrera.
LGBT groups have cried foul over the alleged profiling of transgender women, which was caught on viral video.
In the video, two Makati police officers can be seen inviting transwoman Anne Pelos to their station “for profiling.”
In a now deleted Facebook post, the Makati police’s Station Community Affairs and Development Section has described “Oplan X-men” as “an intensified operation that aims to rescue ladyboys from exploitation and human trafficking in ill repute areas.”
While the Makati police chief has denied the existence of such “Oplan X-men” and has already ordered the relief of the two officers in the video, Herrera stressed that gender profiling by law enforcers should never happen again.
Herrera, former chairperson of the House Commitee on Women and Gender Equality, is one of the authors of the bill prohibiting and penalizing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression (SOGIE).
“It is high time that we pass the SOGIE Equality bill to stop and penalize all practices that unjustly discriminate against LGBTs,” said Herrera.
Among the discriminatory practices under House Bill (HB) No. 1359 is “harassment, coercion or threats committed by members of institutions involved in the enforcement of law and the protection of rights of any person on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.