Vilma Santos-Recto Files Bill To Create LGBT Desks In Police Stations

"Many victims opt to not report the incident for fear of further harassment, prejudicial treatment, or more violent reprisal."
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Congresswoman Vilma Santos-Recto has filed a measure seeking the creation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) help and protection desks in police stations.

House Bill No. 2952 seeks to amend Republic Act No. 8551 or the Philippine National Police Reform and Reorganization Act of 1998, which established women and children's desks in police stations.

In the explanatory note for House Bill No. 2952, Santos-Recto points out: "There is an absence of government mechanism or intervention directed to monitor, let alone address, the incidents of discrimination, prejudice, and even violence against Filipino LGBT community."

She went on to explain, "Because of this, many victims who are [members of the LGBT community] opt to not report the incident for fear of further harassment, prejudicial treatment, or more violent reprisal."

"Under the measure, the dedicated LGBT desks will act on all cases involving crimes against chastity, sexual harassment, and other abuses committed against members of the LGBT community," reports InterAksyon.com.

Moreover, House Bill No. 2952 "also mandates the Philippine National Police to ensure gender neutrality in its human resource processes, from the recruitment and selection, to the promotion and deployment of police officers."

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