One of the founders of Transpinay of Antipolo Organization (TAO), Alexis Hart Garcia, filed an official complaint against a certain “Aling Susan” for alleged anti-LGBTQIA deeds captured on video, and then widely circulated online.
In a Facebook post following Garcia’s encounter with “Aling Susan”, she stated that the incident happened on Nov. 5 at Maries Village 2, Brgy. Mayamot, Antipolo City. She was on her way to SM Masinag to have lunch with her partner, when she was confronted by her neighbor who kept deriding her by calling her “bakla“, threatened to shoot her, and then threw a rock at her.
The Nov. 5 incident was – apparently – not the first time this happened. Garcia said that in the past, “Aling Susan” also allegedly hosed her with water while she passed by the elder woman’s house, derided for her SOGIESC, and threatened with being stoned.
Garcia’s version of the event was backed by Brgy. Mayamot Kagawad Kritine T. Ibardolaza, also a TAO co-founder.
Interviewed by TV personality Raffy Tulfo, Ibardolaza said that before winning a government position, she was also allegedly also similarly harassed by “Aling Susan”. No actions were taken because they were “taught to respect women, particularly elder women.”
Tulfo already attempted to get the side of “Aling Susan”, who refused to surface.
The barangay, meanwhile, scheduled a Nov. 11 meeting between Garcia and “Aling Susan”. If the issue is not resolved, then Garcia may file cases against the accused.
In a succeeding Facebook post, Garcia said that hopefully, “dahil sa pangyayari, mabawasan na ang katulad ni ‘Aling Susan’; mabawasan na ang mga mapang-api at mapang-alipusta sa tulad ko…“
In support of Garcia, Ms Naomi Fontanos of GANDA Filipinas stated: “(L)aws won’t end this sexism and violent machismo (yes women are capable of it too), but having an anti-discrimination law in place sends out a signal that this kind of homophobic and transphobic behavior is not acceptable in a gender equal society we are still very far from achieving.”