Duterte calls on public to support proposed anti-discrimination law

November 13, 2011 2:18 pm 

DAVAO CITY, Nov. 13 PNA) — Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte urged all sectors to participate in the public hearings on the passage of an anti-discrimination ordinance, set to be discussed on the committee level in December.

Speaking in the public affairs program, “Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa” on Sunday, the vice mayor said that the tight schedule among the committees at the city council delayed the discussions on his proposed anti-discrimination measure due to other concerns calendared earlier for deliberation.

Duterte said he expected more viewpoints to come out with the anti-discrimination measure, which requires the participation of the residents, being a very dynamic proposed law.

“You ventilate your sentiments because it will be a very strict law,” he said.

Duterte said that under the proposed measure, no one can deny access to opportunities and services on the mere bases of sex, religion, age which encompass all human activities and behavior.

He said the measure on its totality would improve the environment in the city, particularly on how everyone deals with each other.

Duterte said the anti-discrimination proposal has penal provisions that address situations like denial of promotions at work, access to schools and housing.

“Equality of all peoples in the city is the main objective of this measure,” he said.

Duterte said he asked councilor Melchor Quitain to lead the deliberation of this measure to ensure its relevance to the lives of the people in the city.

He said he foresaw a series of public hearings on the measure where civil libertarians were expected to participate.

Duterte said penal sanctions of the proposed measure must be examined, particularly the extent of negligence and malice of possible violations.

“We have to come up with a law that promotes equality as we deal with each other in this world,” he said. (PNA) RMA/Joey Sem G. Dalumpines/ldp

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