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Bataan’s Roman laments over gender discrimination complaint at MRT

Sep 12, 2018 @ 7:45

Bataan Representative Geraldine Roman expressed sadness over a recent incident at the MRT that was reported to be an alleged case of discrimination.

In sharing a Manila Bulletin report titled, “Transgender woman cries foul against MRT-3,” Roman said, “It is very sad that in the Philippines, there are still incidents of gender discrimination, like what is shown in this video.”

According to the report, the video clip making rounds on social media showed transgender Mikki Galang being refused to ride the MRT coach assigned for women.

The report said Galang and her friends cried gender discrimination as the MRT guard insisted that they follow the MRT policy.

Already informed of the incident, Transportation Undersecretary for Rails TJ Batan said the MRT’s gender and discrimination committee will be convened to discuss the matter, the report said.

“We should no longer tolerate any form of gender prejudice, abuse, bullying, harassment or violence,” the transgender politiko said.

“In a civilized society, there is equality amongst the people and respect for the rights of every person of whatever gender, religion, ethnicity, or standing in life,” she added.

Reiterating her appeal for the passage of measures like the SOGIE Equality Bill, to provide legal protection to members of the LGBT community, Roman said, “It is time to educate our people about justice and fairness.”

SOGIE stands for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or Expression.(END)

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