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Anti-discrimination bill’s passage ‘possible,’ Sotto says

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SENATE President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III — WWW.SENATE.GOV.PH

SENATE President Vicente C. Sotto III on Friday said the Anti-Discrimination Bill has a “good chance” to hurdle Senate if its controversial provisions are settled.

Pwede [Possible],” Mr. Sotto told Senate reporters in a text message on Friday when asked if the bill would pass this Congress.

The bill’s enactment is possible “if the controversial provisions are settled. It has a good chance if it is confined to non-discrimination in employment, treatment in society and non-controversial provisions,” he explained.

The controversial provisions in the bill, Mr. Sotto also said, include the “removal of dress codes, encroachment into religious and academic practices, the use of women’s restrooms, among others.”

Under Senate Bill (SB) No. 935 or the proposed Anti-Discrimination Act filed by Senator Ana Theresia Hontiveros-Baraquel, any person who violates the law will be “penalized by a fine of not less than P100,000 but not more than P500, 000 or imprisonment of not less than one year but not more than six years, at the discretion of the court.” — Arjay L. Balinbin

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