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HITLER-LOVING? A portrait of Nazi Germany leader Adolf Hitler prominently displayed in lawyer Ferdie Topacio's office.
Lacierda, Topacio trade insults over gay slur

in PHILIPPINES, 29/10/2012

A word war erupted between the spokesmen of the President and the former first gentleman on Twitter Saturday, October 27 -- and it's not about their principals. Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda called Jose Miguel Arroyo's lawyer, Ferdinand Topacio, a "bigot" after the latter called Press Undersecretary Manuel Quezon III a "faggot" on the microblogging site.

The press undersecretary asserted that his opinion was based on facts. He cited the January 13 report of the New York Times that showed a photo of the portrait of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler hanging in Topacio's office. He also pointed out Topacio's denial of the Holocaust in previous interviews with Business Mirror's Gerard Ramos and ABS-CBN's Chiara Zambrano.

Homophobic?

Topacio said he was not referring to Quezon's sexual orientation when he called him a "faggot." He said when he used the term, he only meant Quezon is "wishy-washy" or "a man with no principles."

"I was not referring to his sexual orientation but to his personality. No one will believe I'm homophobic. I have so many gay friends. I even speak 'bekinese' (gay lingo). I regularly go out with them to parties or even out of town," Topacio said.

Topacio added he is a supporter of Ang Ladlad, a party list group of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgendered (LGBT).

In a direct message on Twitter, Quezon said: "Well, what can I say? Except QED (quod erat demonstrandum) or it has been proven."

Gay rights activist Jonas Bagas scoffed at Topacio's tweet, calling it "hate speech."

"If Topacio has anything against a public official like Manolo Quezon, then he should just stick to the issue. He shouldn't use his alleged support for the LGBT community to pinkwash his homophobia. His gay slur is not just a personal attack against Manolo Quezon. He's inciting hatred against our community," Bagas said. - Rappler.com

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