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Cebu is first city in the Philippines to approve anti-discrimination law

The council of the second city in the Philippines approved an anti-discrimination law yesterday - the first of its kind in the country.

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24th October 2012 19:28

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Asia

The law, first proposed in January, declares as unlawful the refusal to provide access to any public program and services on the basis of gender, disability, sexual orientation, age, ethnicity and religion. Anyone convicted of breaking this law would be penalized with a 1,000 to 5,000 Philipine Pesos ($24 to $121 ,€18 to €93) fine or sent to prison for 60 days to a year. 

Cebu Rainbow Coalition, a network of LGBT groups, helped to draft the ordinance last year. It was approved unanimously by Cebu City council yesterday (17 October) and just awaits the signature of the mayor to be signed into law.

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