IN THE NEWS| June 12, 2014
Vows to launch anti-pork LGBT campaign at the barangay level
Resplendent in their pink organza flag that stood out from a sea of red banners, members of Kapederasyon—a national organization of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders or LGBT, added their voice of dissent to the June 12 anti-pork rally at Liwasang Bonifacio.
“We have grown tired of the Senate’s very showbiz way of addressing pork issues. Puro sila drama, puro pa-suspense kuno, wala tuloy resulta [They (Senate) are all drama, all feigning suspense, no results],” said Corky Hope Maranan, Kapederasyon spokesperson.
Maranan said many LGBTs find abhorrent the recent privilege speeches of Senators Bong Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada—senator-actors accused of involvement in PDAF, together with Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, among others.
“They (Revilla and Estrada) treat the Fiipino people like they treat their gullible fans,” she added.
Culturally defined, kapederasyon is a word that implies that a person being described is either gay or lesbian, which, according to Maranan, belong to the marginalized sectors of Philippine society.
Kapaderasyon said: “the millions of pesos stolen through PDAF have deprived marginalized groups like the LGBT community of funds that should have gone to genuine public service projects that will benefit them like roads and bridges, school buildings, and public markets.”
“More importantly, this systematic ransacking of the people’s money by unscrupulous, elected government officials has prevailed over time and goes beyond political party discipline. What these politicians do is to shift from one political party to the next every election, in order to continue their looting,” the LGBT group added.
Kapederasyon said they will help in informing their LGBT members and friends about developments in the PDAF scam by launching barangay-based information forums on the issue. ###
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