Published: Wed, December 20, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Duterte: Legalise same-sex marriage

Duterte: Legalise same-sex marriage

Duterte's election previous year revived hopes for successful negotiations as the president is a self-declared socialist who has said it is his "dream" to forge peace in the country.

Duterte shared his words during a gathering of LGBT people in Davao City as he announced the plan to create an LGBT commission. Duterte also invited them to nominate a person to represent the LGBT community in his government.

"If that is the trend of the modern times, if that will add to your happiness, I am for it", he added.

"If I catch you [doing that], I will treat you just like a drug lord - beyond that, you make your own guess", he said.

Duterte previously was quoted by local media as saying he was opposed to gay unions because marriage in the Philippines is only between a man and a woman. He might be gay, he might be lesbian.

The Philippine Star reported Duterte in 2015 told a gay television host that same-sex marriage is "good".

Legalising same-sex marriages would bring him into conflict with the dominant Roman Catholic Church.

Later on, speaking at Mr Pacquiao's 39th birthday bash in Manila on Sunday, Mr Duterte said the boxing champion was capable of becoming the country's next president.

Roque said the declaration of unilateral ceasefire aimed to fulfill the Duterte administration's aspiration to achieve peace in the country.

He even went on to say that he is ready to take gay lawmakers in his cabinet and insisted the legislation could also be changed to allow same-sex marriages in the Philippines, a Catholic-majority Southeast Asian nation. "We are all Filipinos enjoying our rights, freedom and equality before the law", read a statement from the presidential office after Duterte's remarks.

Duterte, who is the former mayor of Davao City, has been president of the Philippines since June 2016.

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