Senatorial candidate Sherwin Gatchalian has stated that he is against marriage equality, using religion as the basis for his position, and despite Article 2 Section 6 of the 1987 Philippine Constitutional clearly stating that the separation of Church and State shall be inviolable.
Interviewed by Bilang Pilipino 2016, Gatchalian said: “I’m against that (marriage equality). I’m a Christian. My mother is a pastor. I grew up in a Christian setting. And I think it’s very clear in the Bible na lalaki and babae lang ang puwedeng magpakasal (that only a man and a woman can marry). So it’s very personal to me.”
6 senatoriables on same-sex marriageWe asked Edu Manzano, Allan Montaño, former Senator Panfilo Lacson, former Interior Secretary Raffy Alunan, former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority director-general Joel Villanueva, and Valenzuela City 1st District Representative Sherwin Gatchalian about their thoughts on same-sex marriage. #BilangPilipino
Posted by Bilang Pilipino on Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Gatchalian, a Filipino-Chinese politician and businessman from Valenzuela City, was the first representative to represent the city’s first district in Philippine Congress in 2001; and was elected mayor of Valenzuela City in 2004.