Gay hair salon tycoon Ricky Reyes surprised netizens on September 10 with his remarks on the SOGIE (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression Equality) Bill which remains pending in the Senate.
“Kung ikaw ay may n*ta, sa lalaki ka, pag may k*pay sa babae ka…Nirerespeto kita bilang tao, nirerespeto bilang bading pero lumugar tayo sa tamang lugar.
“Dun lang tayo sa tamang lugar, kasi meron naman tayong gay community…Bat tayo pupunta ng bar at ipagpipilitan mong girl ka eh eh may bar naman para sa mga bading di ba?
“Dun ka sa lugar natin. Wag mo ipagsaksakan ang sarili mo sa hindi ka naman matatanggap,” Reyes explained.
The said bill was sponsored by Senator Risa Hontiveros, which prohibits all forms of discrimination and violence against people based on their sexual expression or identity.
One of its provisions includes prohibiting businesses from denying Filipinos access to their facilities (such as toilets), utilities, or services on the basis of their gender identity.
It is not the first time that Reyes has figured in a controversy, In April 2014, Reyes was involved in an issue regarding illegal dismissal and non-payment of monetary benefits at the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC). This was when he allegedly fired an employee who had HIV.
Some netizens admired his insight while some disagreed.
Share ko lang that Ricky Reyes fired his employee after finding out he had HIV. No payment of lawful wages. Reyes also failed to pay for the employees PhilHealth and SSS for 11 years.
The employee filed and won the case.
— Tito Maroon (@maroontito) September 10, 2019
Y'all hate Ricky Reyes because you can't lure him into your culture of victimhood & imaginary oppression. Well, people who accept themselves, know their rights & limits DO NOT NEED to be validated by a make-believe, unconstitutional bill by Hontiveros. #NoToSogieBill
— Gabriela (@gaaaaaaaaabbbb) September 10, 2019
Nabuhay si Ricky Reyes sa panahong OK lang bugbugin ang bakla, ilublob sa drum ng tubig. Dahil nakaangat siya sa buhay, akala niya, OK na ang mga beks. Kaya gusto niyang "lumugar" ang bakla sa gilid, OK lang may bakla basta't nasa gilid-gilid. Hindi lahat ng icon ay iconic. pic.twitter.com/etoj5we6Wy
— Jerry B. Grácio (@JerryGracio) September 10, 2019
I think ang unfair ng statement ni Ricky Reyes as she is speaking from a position of privilege.
She’s recognized and ‘accepted’ kasi mayaman siya. Just accepting what she’s saying is, basically, erasing what others are experiencing.
— Mamser Brienne of Tarts (@_mamser) September 10, 2019
Ricky Reyes, your views are obsolete. Just like your hairstyles. Please go away.
— Jeb Tizon (@jebtizon) September 10, 2019
That Ricky Reyes is successful
That Ricky Reyes did it without this SOGIE bill.
That Ricky Reyes is stating the obvious truth.
Think about that.
— SS (@garettinshadow) September 10, 2019
Ricky Reyes lost in a discrimation case filed by his employee because he got cut off from work for being PLHIV. So now wonder he's fcking scared of SOGIE Bill dahil siya unang unang makukulong under this new law.
He's rich and privileged kaya walang pake yan sa kapwa niya bakla.
— zakarii (@zachthebulldog) September 10, 2019