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Ang Ladlad slams discrimination of rectal-surgery victim

Media Statement
released 1:00 P.M.
April 18, 2008

Ang Ladlad, the national organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Filipinos, has slammed the doctors and nurses involved in the rectal operation of a gay patient that was later uploaded in YouTube.

“This is a violation of the patient-doctor confidentiality that is part of the Code of Ethics of a medical practitioner,” said Danton Remoto, chairman of Ang Ladlad and Associate Professor of English at Ateneo de Manila University. “What rubs salt on the patient’s dignity was the fact that the doctors and nurses were shown saying anti-gay statements while making fun of the sedated patient. In this case, it is not the patient but the doctors who are sick.”

The came stemmed from the rectal operation of “Jan-Jan,” a 39-year-old gay man who had sex in Cebu City on New Year’s Eve. He claimed he was drunk and his partner inserted a perfume canister in his rectum, which necessitated an operation on January 3. The operation was done at the government-run Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center. He said that “I trusted them. And yet they ridiculed me. . . Was that something a professional would do? I can’t even walk on the streets without being laughed at by my neighbors. I want my ordeal to end. I hope it doesn’t happen to anyone else.”

“We laud the investigation being done by the hospital. However, we would like to stress that the victim was made to sign a piece of paper he did not read nor was it explained to him. There seems to be a pattern of deception here. They wanted to turn him and his case into an object of fun, not of scientific or medical study. Therefore, we are batting for the revocation of licenses of the medical people involved. They have just violated the confidentiality clause between doctor and patient, and also the patient’s right to privacy. How would they feel if they were the ones whose images are spreading around in the limitless world of cyberspace?”

Ang Ladlad will offer psychological counseling to the victim, as well as help his lawyer, Guiller Ceniza, pursue the case in court. “Doctors are sometimes considered like gods who have power over our lives. In this case, they did not only defame and discriminate against another person, but they also stained the very dignity of their profession. We will pursue this case all the way to the Professional Regulations Commission and the Civil Service Commission. These callous people deserve to be taught a lesson they will never forget,” Remoto concluded.


Rhodge said…
Sen Danton, maraming maraming salamat. Bilang isang bading, I feel more secure now.
m said…
Kudos to the post....i find what they did was offensive that the medical professionals failed to see the person/patient as a human being ..not an object to make fun of. What was he..a pet animal to make fun of? Bastos ..and for that matter,being a nurse.. would you trust the nursing students who uploaded the video on youtube..ALL THOSE WHO LAUGHED AND EVEN THEIR TEACHER SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED TO EVER PRACTICE AS NURSES teach them a lesson.
Tonino-borneo said…
Mas madalas naapi ang mga bakla sa Pilipinas kaysa bansa namin sa Indonesia. Dahil halos lahat ng mga lalaki sa Pilipinas ay tuli. Mas matindi ang homophobia sa mga lalaking tuli kaysa hindi tuli at kayong mga bakla at tomboy na pinoy, gayahin ninyo kami tulad ng pambabatikos namin laban sa panukalang batas kontra pornograpiya. Hindi nalalayo ang kapalaran natin. Sa Pilipinas, pinag-aapi ang mga bakla at tomboy at sa amin, pinag-aapi ng mga tulad ni Kong. Bienvenido Abante ang mga hindi Muslim dahil malaswa kami, kahit ng mga Muslim, basta tunay na Indones.

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