Philippines is a huge catholic country wherein majority of its people are bounded by the rules and regulations of their church. Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual and Transgenders (LGBT) group is having a hard time fighting for their rights in this kind society since they are being seen as immoral and not living in accordance with the church’s teachings.
However, these group of people are crying out loud to the public that just like any other ordinary people who aren’t perfect, they have the right to live in the world with equal rights.
In the recent episode of a local TV show The Bottom Line hosted by Mr. Boy Abunda, he interviewed LadLad partylist representative Bems Benedito, a transgender woman. Among Abunda’s guests is MISS Universe 1999 1st Runner-Up Miriam Quiambao. Before Abunda started his interview with Benedito, he asked his guests some insights of the topic.
“I’m not a pastor, I’m definitely not an expert but the way I understand it homosexuality is not the one that makes you a sinner. Actually, sexual immorality is what makes you a sinner,” Quiambao said.
On her official Twitter account, she continued to air out her opinion by tweeting, “Hate the sin. Love the sinner. We have all sinned… Forgiveness comes from God. Grace comes to those who believe. Peace.” She also followed it up by saying, “Homosexuality is not a sin but it is a lie from the devil. Do not be deceived. God loves gays and wants them to know the truth.”
The latter tweet stirred the LGBT group and from then on, she received several bashes and condemned her for saying such thing. One user tweeted, “Most, if not all, homosexuals know wrong from right. So don’t say that we are gay because the devil dictated it to us.”
Another tweeted: “Wow I didn’t think @miriamq is a homophobe! She thinks were blinded by the truth. You’re the one who’s blinded gurl welcome to the 21st century!”
Quiambao has been firm in her beliefs and even asked apologies of her being insensitive and used harsh words.
These are just petty things that has been happening in the country. Nevertheless, the country is still a haven of beautiful things and beautiful people. In fact, a lot of foreigners are looking for beach properties for sale in the Philippines for them to start their business. Other expats and retirees are also looking for retirement homes in the Philippines so that when time comes, they will have a nice place to spend the rest of their lives.