TV host Jose Marie Viceral also known Vice Ganda criticized Senate President Tito Sotto for saying that a trans woman has no chance to be a real female because they cannot give birth to a child.
In a statement posted on Instagram, Vice Ganda argued with Sotto, saying that if they’re going to follow the logic of the Senate President, some women cannot be considered real because some of them cannot have a child or chose not to have yet.
Vice Ganda even asked Sotto if the latter was joking in his statement.
“Joke po ba ito Hon. Senate President Tito Sotto ??? Sinasabi nyo po ba na naniniwala kayo na ang pagiging BABAE ay nasusukat lamang sa pagkakaroon ng obaryo o matris at sa kakayahan lang na mabuntis o magka-anak?” Vice Ganda said.
“E paano po yung mga nagkaroon ng matinding karamdaman at tinanggalan ng obaryo? Di na po ba sila BABAE? Wala na ba silang karapatang tawaging BABAE? O bumaba na ba ang uri ng kanilang PAGKAKABABAE? Paano din po yung mga baog at walang kakayahang magka-anak? Ano po sila? Di na din sila BABAE? Mga wala na ba silang kwentang mga BABAE?” he added.
Vice Ganda believes that a woman should be considered as a woman not because she has ovaries or can produce a child.
He added that Sotto’s statement against the LGBTQIA+ community is also a mockery to the real women.
“Sinubukan ninyong maliitin ang konsepto ng pagiging TRANSGENDER sa paraang tinapakan nyo rin ang dignidad ng mga tinatawag nyong TOTOONG BABAE. Paumanhin po HON. SENATE PRESIDENT Sotto. Pero, I believe this statement is just not fair. There are people who pretend to be FEMINISTS to hide their being MISOGYNISTS,” he said.
On September 4, Sotto criticized SOGIE bill saying that a trans woman cannot be a real female because of lack of the ability to produce a child.
“If you are a man, you will never be a woman, no matter what you do, because you cannot reproduce. You cannot give birth; you do not have ovaries. You will never be a woman. So this, to me, the SOGIE bill is a bill against women’s rights, and it’s giving transgender rights,” Sotto said.