Francisco Moreno Domagoso, the mayor of the City of Manila who is vying to become president in the May 2022 elections, stated that he does not support marriage equality.
Moreno was interviewed by veteran journalist Jessica Soho for GMA News/Public Affairs (Timestamp: 1:52:28).
Moreno did not elaborate on his position during Soho’s interview; but his position already puts to question his past supposedly pro-LGBTQIA efforts.
In 2020, Moreno showcased the “supposed” support of his administration’s for the LGBTQIA community in the City of Manila when he revealed the re-painted pedestrian lane in front of Plaza Rajah Sulayman, leading to Manila Bay.
Also in 2020, he signed an anti-discrimination ordinance (ADO) to protect the human rights of LGBTQIA Filipinos in the City of Manila. City Ordinance 8695 was sponsored by councilor Joel Villanueva, prohibiting “any and all forms of discrimination on the basis of SOGIE”.
With his opposition of marriage equality, Moreno’s past efforts are now criticized as performative.
Sadly, following the Western approach of of focusing interviews on LGBTQIA issues only on marriage equality, Soho did not ask Moreno about his stance on the anti-discrimination law, as well as the gender recognition law to protect the human rights of LGBTQIA Filipinos.