PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte supports the idea of separate restrooms in establishments for members of the lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender (LGBT) community, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador panelo said yesterday.
Panelo bared Duterte agreed with the concept after transgender woman Gretchen Diez was prevented from using the ladies’ restroom at a Quezon City mall last week.
“Ang sinasabi niya (Duterte) dapat meron nang third restroom for them. Pinag-usapan namin iyon kahapon. That will solve everything kasi papasok ka sa female, siyempre ‘di rin komportable ‘yung mga babae, alam nila lalaki pala ‘yon. Ganoon din sa kabila, ‘di ba? The best is you have a third restroom for them. Eh ‘di wala nang problema,” Panelo added.
1-PACMAN party-list Representative Eric Pineda also made the same proposal, saying it will prevent members of the LGBT community from feeling uncomfortable whenever they go to a male or female restroom.
On August 13, Diez was barred by a janitress at a Quezon City mall from using the women’s comfort room and was told to use the restroom for males instead.