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Sen. Imee Marcos thanks Pres. Rodrigo Duterte for Joseph Scott Pemberton pardon, pitches SOGIE Bill as urgent

Sen. Imee Marcos, who dubbed herself the “bakla sa Senado”, now looks to have the SOGIE bill marked as urgent by President Duterte.

Confusion arose as news of Senator Imee Marcos thanking President Rodrigo Duterte for laying to rest issues concerning the case of former US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton and then asking to prioritize the SOGIE bill in one breath made it online.

In an article published by, Marcos said, “The outcry against Pemberton’s pardon despite the horrific killing of transgender Jennifer Laude will never be fully appeased until the bills on SOGIE (sexual orientation, gender identity and expression) are passed by Congress and signed into law.”

Marcos also said, “The role of the president in issuing a pardon is to prevent any future discordant issues that opposition politicians would try to exploit.”

Her statements have earned the ire of several netizens who feel like she isn’t championing equal rights and anti-discriminatory treatment for the LGBTQIA+ community.

From the likes of celebs Pia Wurtzbach and Ate Glow…

… to those who support the LGBTQIA+ community.

Some even pointed out how the Marcos Day in Ilocos Norte bill was passed after a few sessions while the SOGIE Bill’s newer versions have not even gotten past the committee level.

Imee Marcos is one of the principal authors for the refiled SOGIE Bill—specifically Senate Bill No. 412–which is still unable to find footing outside of the committee level in both houses of Congress.

Other versions of the bill include those filed by Sen. Sonny Angara, Laguna 3rd District Rep. Sol Aragones, Antique Rep. Loren Legarda, and Bataan Rep. Geraldine Roman. Senators Vicente Sotto III and Joel Villanueva have both expressed dissent within Congress, with Sotto saying the bill “will not pass” in the Upper House as long as he is the Senate President.

Several religious leaders and cause-oriented groups have expressed their support for the bill alongside personalities such as Ann Curtis, Pia Wurtzbach, Catriona Gray, and Vice President Leni Robredo. Even Duterte has expressed support as long as it is “patterned like the one approved in Davao.”

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