Danton Remoto sa Senado!

The Philippine zeitgeist has hardly had time to forget how the  Commission on Elections denied gay rights group Ang Ladlad party-list accreditation for basically being gay, but its president Danton Remoto is already exploring other means to get to Congress, this time as a senator.

Promising reform and a departure from traditional politics (and one could argue that he’s definitely not traditional, being gay and everything), Remoto is running on a platform of education and human rights for all.

That’s cool, right? Our first openly-gay senatorial candidate (that I know of) is advocating politics of change! Maybe being discriminated against has made him realize the need to get rid of corruption and money politics!

And then you read this actual quote from an actual interview:

“As of today, I am running as an independent.  Baka bukas iba na ang kulay ng paru-paro (The butterfly may change colors tomorrow),” Remoto said, jokingly referring to shifting political alliances.

Asked which presidential candidate or party he wants to align himself with, Remoto said: “Kung sino ang magbigay ng campaign funds (Whoever will provide campaign funds).”

So, yeah. I guess the moral of the story is gays are just like everyone else.

9 Comments

  1. There\\\’s only one agenda that\\\’s boiling right on top of why they\\\’re pushing for a homosexual in a national seat.

    SAME-SEX MARRIAGE.

    Well, that\\\’s never gonna happen while the crucifix-wearing guys in white skirts (robes. LOL.) and zucchetos are kind-of Presidents.

    On a side note, there\\\’s nothing wrong with homosexual politicians, they\\\’re still human and capable after all.

  2. There’s only one agenda that’s boiling right on top of why they\\\’re pushing for a homosexual in a national seat.

    SAME-SEX MARRIAGE.

    Well, that’s never gonna happen while the crucifix-wearing guys in white skirts (robes. LOL.) and zucchetos are kind-of Presidents.

    On a side note, there’s nothing wrong with homosexual politicians, they’re still human and capable after all.

  3. Hello, I just read this now. I said that comment in a tongue-in-cheek fashion. I wonder if you saw the TV footage? I rolled my eyes after I said it. Of course, the newspapers could not capture that. I have been told to be less ironic and more formal (read: boring), but that would not capture me.

    And no, we are not advocating same-sex marriage, but human rights for all.

    And we have not succumbed to the lure of lucre offered by the rich candidates for us to support their campaings.

    have a happy weekend

  4. I appreciate you being a good sport, Danton, this being a humor blog where most everything is skewered. Just so you know, I’m not homophobic, and am all for human rights and stuff.

    And as for same-sex marriages, that’d work for me. I’d like to marry myself.

  5. @danton: I’m sure you were being ironic. You’re too smart to have been speaking otherwise.

    As the first openly gay candidate (that I know of), though, it sort of falls on you to not say things that are funny, but might give the impression that you’re just dicking around.

  6. ok, points well taken and no offense ingested 😉

    i love the word “dicking around.” hahaha. even boy abunda has told me to be less ironic, more serious, in the interviews.

    wee the things you do for your party to land a seat in the moronic congress?

    have a great week.

    danton

  7. @Danton: We’re an irony-deficient country. It’s not your fault.

    One has to wonder, though, why you’re adamant about getting into Congress. I mean, I don’t see the powers-that-be losing their homophobia any time soon.

    And until then, any revolutionary legislation you might file will go to the legislative limbo that is the congressional committee.

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