You are gay and wants to join the police force? If the Philippine National Police (PNP) says it has no room for ‘gay cops,’ run to Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and his Anti-Discrimination Ordinance.
Duterte said his Anti-Discrimination Ordinance protects everybody’s right to employment including that of gays who wanted to be members of the police force. It is time for PNP to change its rules on gay cops, said Duterte on Sunday in the Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa television program on ABS/CBN.
He joked that even the communist New People’s Army (NPA) is changing its view on gays.
He said that the NPA now even allowed same-sex marriage among its members. Reports had it that the NPA wed in rebel ceremony two male rebel fighters in Surigao province four years ago. The ordinance that defends rights and opportunities of all regardless of sex, color or religion has been passed on First Reading by the Davao City Council.
The primary aim of the ordinance is to remove bigotry in society, said Duterte.
He said massive consultations would be conducted before the ordinance is approved and urged the public to read its provisions.
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Everybody will be affected by the ordinance, he said.
Top police officials weigh in on the ticklish issue in private but wants anonymity when asked to make a public comment.
While the PNP has no clear-cut policy on gays entering the force or about gay cops embedded in the PNP, officials warned gay cops could be sacked for ‘swinging their hips or engaging in flamboyant behaviour or lustful conduct.’
“The Philippine national police does not have a policy that discriminates against gays and lesbians. In short, all its policies are issued for everybody regardless of sex or creed,” said a police official two years ago as gay cops became a subject of public discussion.
But the official warned that “being a uniformed service, there are rules of conduct that apply to everybody for which violations may result in administrative charges for conduct unbecoming.”
Other police officials had made a joke of gays in police uniforms saying they should “hide their bras and lipstick.”