GAY RIGHTS ACTIVIST TO RUN FOR SENATOR

ATENEO de Manila University Professor and gay rights activist Danton Remoto filed his certificate of candidacy (CoC) yesterday, December 1, 2009 as senator at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) office in Manila.

“I filed my candidacy because we need to inaugurate a new moon in Philippine politics. Kailangan natin ‘yung hindi trapo at hindi dinastiyang politika,” He enthused.

Remoto who is the chairman of Ang Ladlad, the national organization of Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Filipinos also filed the groups manifestation of intent to participate in 2010 polls.

Ang Ladlad was denied Party-list accreditation by the 2nd division on the grounds that gays are immoral which creates major outcry from the LGBT community in the Philippines and abroad.

Remoto is running as an independent candidate but he is open to alliances by any of the political parties which will not ignore the more than four million LGBT voters in the country. “I’m running to win but I’m still open to coalitions or alliances. Malapit ako dun sa magbibigay ng campaign funds. We’re giving ourselves a week to finalize who we’re supporting,” he said.

Ang Ladlad on the other hand will file another petition to the Comelec en banc on December 7.

Remoto, was the communications officer for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in the Philippines, an award-winning writer, editor and teacher wants to focus on education for all, especially primary education.

1 comment:

Mac Callister said...

lets vote for him!

ikakampanya ko siya dito sa qatar!hehe

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