Gay rights activist files senatorial bid

By Izah Morales
First Posted 19:25:00 12/01/2009

Filed Under: Gender Issues, Eleksyon 2010, Elections, Politics

MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE) Gay rights activist Danton Remoto filed his certificate of candidacy for a senatorial seat Tuesday at the Commission on Elections office in Manila.

Remoto heads Ang Ladlad, a national organization of Lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders. The group was denied partylist accreditation by the Comelec therefore, ineligible in its bid for next year’s elections.

Remoto, who works as communications officer for the United Nations Development Program communications in the country, taught for more than two decades at Ateneo de Manila University.

“I filed my candidacy because we need to inaugurate a new moon in Philippine politics. Kelangan natin ‘yung hindi trapo at hindi dinastiyang politika (We do not need traditional politicians nor political dynasties,” said Remoto.

Remoto said his group has filed a motion for reconsideration asking the Supreme Court to reverse Comelec’s decision.

Being a former associate professor Remoto said he wants to focus on education for all, especially primary education.

“I’m running to win but I’m still open to coalitions or alliances,” said Remoto, adding, “Malapit ako dun sa magbibigay ng campaign funds. (I am close to people willing to fund my campaign). We’re giving ourselves a week to finalize who we’re supporting.”

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