Ladlad: 22 LGBT members in police force

Posted at 05/25/2012 12:24 PM | Updated as of 05/25/2012 4:58 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Twenty-two officers in the Philippine National Police are LGBT members, Ang Ladlad national chairperson Bemz Benedito said on Friday.

“Sa mga bakla, mayroon tayong miyembrong 14 ngayon tapos sa mga lesbiyana may mga 8 tayo,” said Bendito, a transgender. The group believes there are more LGBTs in the PNP, but they have not revealed themselves.
 
Benedito said that among the 22, the highest ranking LGBT member in the police force is a colonel. 
 
Almost all have not declared their true sexual orientation publicly for fear of being discriminated against.
 
“Nandyan ang takot na kapag sila ay nagladlad ng kanilang tunay na pagkatao hindi sila mapo-promote dahil susukatin sila base sa kanilang sexual orientation at di natitignan ang kanilang performance at natatakot din silang i-out sila sa publiko ng mas matataas sa kanila,” Benedito explained.
 
However, PNP spokesman Senior Superintendent Gene Cerbo clarified that they do not discriminate applicants who are members of the third sex.
 
“Wala namang diskriminasyon dito sa Philippine National Police with regards to sexual orientation. Ang tinitingnan lang naman ng PNP sa aplikante ay kung ikaw ay mentally or physically fit, [may] good moral character at syempre, ikaw yung pumapasok sa itinakda naming edad at height requirement,” Cerbo said.
 
Cerbo added that the PNP has a quota of 3,000 for their regular recruitment for this year.
 
“Itong recruitment namin para sa buong 2012 at nakakalat sa lahat ng rehiyon sa bansa natin,” he said.
 
As law enforcers they are required to abide by the PNP’s rules and regulations, ethical standards and must always conduct themselves appropriately in public.
 
“Ang maipagmamalaki naman, at least doon sa mga kakilala namin na nasa loob na, ay alam nilang ilugar yung kanilang pagkakarelasyon o pagkakagusto sa labas, pero pag dating sa trabaho seryoso naman sila,” Benedito said.
 
“Kami ay umaasa na kapag pinasok nila ang kapulisan susundin nila kung anuman yung proper decorum doon at anuman ang inaasahan sa kanila at sana hindi din nila sirain yung pagtitiwalang ibibigay ng ahensiya,” Benedito said. – Umagang Kay Ganda