“This is now an issue on women’s rights because I feel that a woman’s body is a temple and to her, the toilet is sacred. It’s where she has a weakest point. Kaya kung ikaw meron kang sandata, hindi ka dapat dun nag c-CR. You go to the men’s room,” Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III said in an interview at Senate August 22.
He said that “the problem kasi dun sa issue ng SOGIE or the anti-discrimination act or bill that they are pushing, definitely it’s going to be subject to abuse. Kitang-kita ngayon pa lang eh. Ngayon pa lang nakita ninyo, merong mga nagrereklamo na ngayon, lumilitaw yung mga nagrereklamo na kababaihan na doon sa kanilang mga comfort rooms ay ginagawang, for comfort rooms nung mga transgender or transwoman, pagkatapos nagpapakitaan ng mga genitals nila doon at tinuturo kung papano nila tinatago, pagkatapos ay nung pinapansin sila nitong mga kababaihan, tinatakot yung mga kababaihan na vini-video daw nila, nila live video daw nila.”
He added that it is definitely a class legislation “because most of the issues na nakatutok are for the gays. The lesbians are not complaining because they use the women’s CR and there is no problem at all.”
“Yun pang issue ng academic freedom, hindi na pwedeng ituro, yung magdi discriminate daw sa 3rd sex or gender. The freedom of religion ganun din masasagasaan yan,” he added.
“Ngayon, because of this issue that happened a few days ago at kung saan-saan nakarating, hanggang sa Malacanang nakarating na ang tingin ko naman ay hindi naman kasi buo yung istorya, kung nakita nila yung buong istorya, hindi siguro papatulan nung Palasyo eh. But anyway, given that, I now feel very strongly about it because it has not turned from a transgender rights to a women’s rights,” Senator Sotto said.