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Shots Fired At Cebu Gays

in PHILIPPINES, 28/10/2011

A gay support group in Cebu City is seeking action after a series of airgun attacks on local gays. Bisdak Pride Inc. founder and president Roxanne Omega-Doron and member Alvin Truya visited the office of Provincial Board (PB) Member Arleigh Sitoy yesterday on to hand over copies of police report of the incidents.

“There’s still prejudice against gays despite them saying that we are already accepted,” Truya said.

Doron said they sought Sitoy’s help since he filed a proposed an anti-discrimination ordinance last March.

The ordinance prohibits employers from hiring hiring, promoting or dismissing workers based on sexual orientation or gender.

Sitoy said the ordinance is timely and necessary to give protection to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Filipinos (LGBT).

At least three incidents in Cebu City were reported since October 8 involving a group of unidentified men in a car shooting at gays on the street with pellet guns.

A man named only as Jeffrey said he was talking with a gay friend in barangay Tisa, Cebu City when a white car with no plate number stopped in front of them. A passenger fired an airgun hitting them in the back.

They ran to the Punta Princesa police station to report the assault. Earlier that night, a similar incident was reported at the Fuente police station.

Ramil Hitoro said he and his friends were walking along Mango Avenue when they were also shot in the legs.

“We are doing this to let the public know that we are watching. The Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgenders (LGBT) group is not letting these things pass,” Truya said. “They may use a real gun in the future.”

The group also asked for an investigation in the killing of a 54-year-old Albert Navarro last May.

Navarro was allegedly killed by his lover, 34-year-old Richard Mandal. Last week, Navarro’s remains were found in an abandoned building in Lipata, Minglanilla. Correspondent Carmel Loise Matus.
 

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